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.
Place players around the perimeter of the court with a tennis ball in their hands. Players are to dribble in a counter-clockwise fashion around the court. Feel free to have them switch to clockwise but be sure everyone is moving in the same direction.
HOW TO PLA Y
The players dribble counterclockwise around the sidelines and baselines. When players change directions (i.e. dribbling from the sideline to the baseline), they switch hands . In the next phase of the drill, players start in the corners of the court and dribble toward the free-throw line. At the free-throw line, they switch hands and dribble out toward the mid-court corner . From the midcourt corner the players again switch hands and dribble to the opposite free-throw line, switch hands and finish in the far corner .
Introduce a basketball back into practice. It should feel like a beach ball and offer an easier handle.