Dribbling drills

The dribbling drills on this page aim to help you coach your players in beating players with their skill and pace. This is a core skill and we look at the fine details of the techniques required to dribble like the best giving you basketball drills and exercises to help your players become master dribblers.

Use The Opposite Hand To Score

in Basketball drills and skills, Dribbling drills

The Veer Reverse shows players how to start with a right-hand dribble but finish in the middle of the lane with a left-hand layup WHY USE IT Solid defenders cut off a player’s strong hand. Only repetitions with the opposite hand drive home the muscle memory to score at the rim with the “weak” hand. SET UP The player starts with... MORE

Elbow Entry, Drive Through Lane

in Dribbling drills

Enter the ball to the right elbow, move action through the lane and open the floor’s middle for a dribble-drive opportunity WHY USE IT This play produces a driving attempt at the rim but also can result in scoring chance for an opposite-side cutting player. SET UP All five players start outside the 3-point line with the point guard dribbling at the... MORE

Space & Drive

in Basketball plays, Dribbling drills, Offense drills

Initial action creates space for your best ball handler to take the defender off the dribble and get to the rim WHY USE THIS DRIBBLING PLAY Constantly running defenders off screens creates room at the top for a dribble-drive opportunity. SET UP Dayton led Ohio State, 35-32, early in the second half. This play netted... MORE

Stop Dribble Penetration

in Basketball plays, Defense drills, Dribbling drills

Help defenders must be ready to stop dribble penetration, even when it occurs near the baseline, then back toward the top SET UP The ball is located on the wing with the on-ball defender tightly guarding. The post defenders front their responsibilities if those offensive players are inside the box. The weak-side wing defender cannot... MORE

Wichita Kickout

in Basketball plays, Dribbling drills, Offense drills, Shooting drills

Dribble penetration forces a zone to collapse and allows your shooters to find open perimeter shooting pockets left unguarded WHY USE THIS BASKETBALL DRIBBLING PLAY Zone defenders typically move in the wrong direction on dribble penetration. Most defenders instinctively go to the ball rather than contain their responsibility area. SET UP Three of your players... MORE

Draw Defense Deep, Kick Out

in Dribbling drills, Offense drills, Shooting drills

Have your point guard dribble with purpose deep into the lane, drawing the defense away from the perimeter then hit the trailing inbounder for an open 3-pointer. WHY USE THIS 3-POINTER BASKETBALL PLAY Full-court game-winners usually happen quickly, which means the inbounder is forgotten. If you have a little time on your side, utilize the... MORE

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