Tampa Basketball Dribbling Drills
If you are not an elite point guard there is a good chance that you have a deficiency in your ball handling. It may be dribbling with your eyes down, not being able to dribble with your off hand as well, struggling with making different combo moves, etc. Each player is going struggle with something different, and it is going to take different types of dribbling drills to fix each type of problem. There will be some overlap in which drills will be able to help fix a certain problem, but there are definitely specific types of dribbling drills that work better at fixing a particular problem.
This article is going to give you 4 different types of dribbling drills that you can use to turn yourself into an elite level ball handler. These drills will change your game if you are willing to put the work in.
Each type of drill will come with an explanation of what it primarily works on, and from there you will be able to decide what drills you need to be doing. Don’t shy away from your weaknesses, but target them, and turn them into strengths.
One Ball Basketball Dribbling Drills
One ball basketball dribbling drills are probably the most common type of dribbling drill that players do, but it is important to focus on a couple different keys when doing these drills. Firstly, you want to really work on selling your move. So whether it is a crossover, between the legs move, etc. you want visualize a defender in front of you, and sell the move that you are practicing. You do that with your eyes, body position, and change of pace. Secondly, you want to keep your eyes up and make sure that you are seeing the floor. Great ball handlers are able to make their move, while also seeing the floor.
- Works on selling moves
- Develop quick hands
In the Box Basketball Dribbling Drill
Two Ball Basketball Dribbling Drills
Two ball drills are great for working on both hands at the sametime. This is good because it maximizes your time in the gym, but it also forces you to dribble with your off hand. The player doesn’t have the ability to switch the ball to their strong hand because there is already a basketball there. A big key to doing two ball dribbling drills though, is making sure that you are going full speed, and pushing yourself to get better. Don’t worry about messing up or losing the ball during the drills. The goal is to make yourself go so fast and hard that you mess up.
- Maximizes time by working on both hands at the same time
- Forces the player to develop their weak hand
Follow the Leader
Tennis Ball Basketball Dribbling Drills
Tennis ball dribbling drills are great to use for ball handlers that struggle to keep their eyes up while dribbling. The reason why, is because tossing and catching the tennis ball each time forces the player to keep their eyes up off the basketball. Before they know it, they begin dribbling the ball naturally with their eyes up. These drills are also great to develop a players hand quickness and their hand eye coordination. By tossing the tennis ball in the air you only have a set amount of time to make the move and then catch the tennis ball again. The coordination comes from having to dribble the basketball while also tossing and catching the tennis ball.
- Works on dribbling with eyes up
- Develops quick hands and hand eye coordination
Tennis Ball Toss Crossover Drill
Wall Basketball Dribbling Drills
Wall basketball dribbling drills are obviously never going to be used during the course of a game because they are on a wall, but they are really good for developing hand strength and ball control. This will translate into being able to handle the basketball better on the court, and make better moves against your defender. Just as with the two ball dribbling drills though, you really need to work on dribbling the ball as hard as you can for every drill.
- Builds up hand strength
- Develops ball control
This article was written by Tampa Youth Basketball Trainer Kyle Ohman. Kyle Ohman was a thousand point scorer at Liberty University (div. 1), was ranked the 19th best shooter in the country by Fox Sports his senior year. Kyle has also played professionally in Spain. Most recently he coached a high school team that played on a national level and beat the 12th ranked team in the nation. Coach Ohman is the Co-Owner and founder of probasketballtroops.com