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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.

Grab A Seat, Get Better Off The Dribble

Grab A Seat, Get Better Off The Dribble

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Only allow one dribble to get to the hoop after grabbing the ball off the chair to develop an explosive, fast first step. Why use it Too often players look indecisive with the ball in a game – give them a lot of first-step repetitions in practice so they are better prepared to attack in... MORE

Flash to the middle, kick opposite

Fast-Paced Repetition Drill

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A post player flashes to the middle of the floor from the opposite block, catches a pass, rips through and kicks the ball to the opposite wing for a dribble attack. Why use it Splitting guards and forwards into skill work at opposite ends of the floor is a good way to maximize practice time.... MORE

2-3 Zone to Cover Space in an Instant

2-3 Zone to Cover Space in an Instant

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Quick passbacks force a 2-3 zone to cover a lot of space in an instant, which pokes holes in the zone and allows you to find openings for jump shots. Why use it A quick passback to start your action slightly shifts a defender into a perfect position to be screened. From there, a dribble... MORE

‘Chase’ Drills Focus, Speed Dribbling

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It’s a game of tag but players must dribble the entire time – see who has the speed and ability to shift direction quickly in this competitive drill. WHY USE IT Drive home the point about purposeful dribbling with the Chase Drill where players must go fast or get knocked out of the game. SET... MORE

Attack & Make a Move

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Teach players how to go strong with the dribble, execute a move and attack the rim for a high-percentage shot, then finish with another dribble or move. WHY USE IT Dribbling without purpose simply is bouncing the ball. Players need to practice attacking with the dribble, so when they are in a game they become... MORE

Flare Screen Frees 3-Point Shooter

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When time is running out, run this play requiring a high flare screen, a cross-court pass and a shot taken in rhythm before the defense recovers WHY USE IT This is the perfect play to run with three seconds or fewer remaining on the clock and when you desperately need an open 3-pointer. SET UP The point guard (1) takes... MORE

Lunge Dribble Builds Explosive First Step

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Dribble with one hand and lunge forward as the back leg’s knee almost touches the ground – it’s going to hurt … but it’s going to help develop explosiveness WHY USE IT Players need more drills in which they are exploding through their dribbles while also working on staying low. Both of these skills lead to more useful first dribbles to place... MORE

Use The Opposite Hand To Score

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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

‘Alley’ Drill Tightens The Court

in Basketball drills and skills, Defense drills, Dribbling drills

Push players using a 1-on-1, full-court setting and give the defense the advantage by trimming the boundaries to the free-throw-lane width WHY USE IT Defenders need to learn the best methods to guard a ball handler in a potential lengthof- the-court situation. Ball handlers never have the entire court at their disposal, so show defenders they have an advantage by squeezing the boundaries. SET... MORE



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