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.

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

Cycles Drill Fuels Fast Basketball Break

in Basketball drills and skills, Dribbling drills, Offense drills, Passing drills, Shooting drills

It’s a race against the clock to complete five full-court trips with specific basketball passing, dribbling and shooting assignments – master this and watch your fast-break offense take off WHY USE THIS BASKETBALL OFFENSE DRILL To play fast in a game, you need to play even faster in practice. Cycles allows everyone to get their hands on the ball... MORE

Tennis-Ball Dribble

in Basketball drills and skills, Dribbling drills

Substitute a tennis ball for a basketball in this dribbling drill to slow down players and have them focus on the feel of the ball WHY USE THIS BASKETBALL DRIBBLING DRILL Using a smaller ball allows players to get a better feel for the ball in their hands. Plus, it forces players to slow down and concentrate on dribbling. SET... MORE

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