Ball Handling and Dribbling Drills

Improve your team or individual ballhandling skills with the basketball dribbling drills below.

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60 Second 1-on-2 Ball Control Drill

60 Second 1-on-2 Ball Control Drill

Purpose: To work on controlling the basketball via dribble, pass, and getting open against 2 defenders. Also builds focus, conditioning and develops offensive and defensive skills. Drill: 1 offensive player and 2 defenders. Coach or manager is also involved and on the court. Drill only takes place in the halfcourt. The coach or manager starts … [Read more...]

Continuity Basketball Dribbling Drill

Continuity Dribbling Drill

Purpose: To develop basketball dribbling and ball handling skills. Drill: Each player should have his or her own basketball (or there should at least be several balls in the line). The players all begin at one end of court as shown. The first player begins by dribbling to the first cone and performing a dribble move. The player continues to the … [Read more...]

You Are It Dribbling Drill

You Are It Dribbling Drill

Purpose: To develop dribbling skills under intense pressure. Drill: All players line up behind the baseline. Place one less basketball than the number of players on the midcourt line (in the diagram shown, there are 6 players and 5 basketballs). Use only the shaded area between the top of the 3-point lines as shown. On the whistle or command … [Read more...]

1-on-2 Dribble Drill

1-on-2 Dribble Drill

Purpose: Teach the offensive players to dribble the basketball up court under intense defensive pressure. Drill: Divide the court into three separate lanes with an offensive player with a basketball and two defensive players in each lane. Players should be matched up according to size and ability -- guards with guards, posts with posts. The … [Read more...]

Jump Stop Series

Jump Stop Series 1

1) Basic Jump Stop Drill (without basketball) Purpose: To learn how to effectively perform a jump stop with proper footwork and balance. Drill: Have the players begin on the baseline¬†without a basketball. After you have instructed how to correctly perform a jump stop (see Fundamental Skills 101: Jump Stops), have the players run forward from … [Read more...]

UCLA Series

UCLA Series

Purpose: To teach and improve footwork needed in offensive and defensive skills; to improve the athlete's ability to execute the basic types of dribbles. Drill: This drill is performed the length of the court. Set up four lines per court along one of the baselines, as shown in the diagram. The UCLA Series consists of the ten maneuvers described … [Read more...]