Professional Ball Handling Drills To Help Your
Team Protect the Ball...
Hey, your team can't do much with the ball if they can't protect
it... And, even big men can benefit from having some ball handling skills.
Look at Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, two of the top big men in the
league, and they both have excellent ball handling skills.
So, protecting the ball is a duty on every player, not just the
guards. It can help in limiting turnovers, creating spectacular plays, getting open looks,
This page contains a handful of basketball ball
handling drills that you can use with your team...
Below, you can read the different basketball ball
handling drills in this section:
Ball Handling Drill #1: 1 ON
Divide the court in half lengthwise. Make up groups of three players
to do the drill. You should have two groups going at a time. One on each each half of the court. Give a ball to
each group. One player on each group is on offense and the other two are on defense. The offensive player must
reach the other end of the floor, trying to beat both defenders. If a steal or deflection occurs, the offensive
player gets the ball back at that spot. At the other end of the floor, the offensive player moves to defense and
one of the defensive players goes to offense and they come back. Then let the next groups go.
Ball Handling Drill #2: 4 SPEED
This drill must be done on an open court. Have the players ready for
the 4 dribbling drills starting at the endline. When the whistle starts, the player/s must dribble starting with
either hand then perform the cross-over dribble, between the legs, behind the back dribble and the spin dribble.
Each dribble must be performed each step. Meaning if we have 4 kinds of dribble, the player must accomplish all 4
dribbles at four steps. After they accomplish the 4 dribbles, they already accomplish 4 steps at the same
Ball Handling Drill #3: 5 MINUTE
This drill, devised by the great Pistol Pete Maravich is an
excellent drill for developing ball-handling and dribbling skills.
For this drill, all you need is a basketball and a circle to dribble
in. (ie. free-throw or half-court circle). For anywhere from three to five minutes you dribble in the circle using
all dribbling moves that you know of, ie. crossover, behind the back, spin, change of pace, under the legs, inside
Do not leave the circle and do this drill as rapidly as possible
without rushing. Start one day at three minutes and add a minute everyday until you can reach five. You should feel
tired after completing this drill.
Ball Handling Drill #4: CATERPILLAR DRIBBLE
As the line jogs around the outside of the court, the ball at the
front is passed back over the heads of the players, and the ball at the back is dribbled forward through the line,
weaving between the players. As the ball reaches the back, it is dribbled forwards, when the ball reaches the
front, it is passed back over heads.
Ball Handling Drill #5: DRIBBLE
At the half court circle place the first 5 or 6 players, each with a
ball, they start to dribble within the circle trying to maintain their dribble while attacking the other players
within the circle trying to knock their ball away. If a player loses his dribble/stops his dribble or is out of the
circle, he then leaves the circle and passes to the next player in line. This teaches them to keep their heads up,
use their peripheral vision, protect the ball and maintain their control upon contact, switch hands and keep calm
Ball Handling Drill #6: GO SOMEWHERE
One person with one ball...From the free-throw line they get one
dribble for a lay-up. From half-court they get two dribbles for a lay-up. From three-quarter court they get three
dribbles, and from baseline to baseline they get four dribbles.
Hopefully, what they will get out of this drill is the confidence to
take the ball from the wing and explode to the basket using one or two dribbles.
Ball Handling Drill #7: LOW DRIBBLE
You start with a low dribble then go around both of your legs in the
shape of an eight. First do it with your off hand then go with your good hand, then use both. When you do this
drill you have to keep your head up!!! If you don't you won't improve yourself! Be patient you'll lose control of
the ball often when your first starting out but after you practice hard you will find that it helps you a lot! Good
Luck and always do your best. Push yourself hard or you'll never find out what you can do.
Ball Handling Drill #8: VISION
A coach stands at the FT line. Two players are standing on the box
on each side of the lane. Player dribbles to coach, full speed, head up, from half court. At top of circle, comes
to a jump stop with both feet available for pivot. One of the post players raises his hand as a signal to get him
the ball (don't shout 'ball.' In this drill we want to make sure the dribbler is developing court
The dribbler pivots off the appropriate foot, spinning around and
sealing off the coach (i.e. drop step around and seal on hip), and makes a 'step around' bounce pass with the
correct hand to the post player's outside who then drop steps for an uncontested lay-up. The passer follows up his
pass and takes shooter's place. After you shoot, go back to line at half-court.
Ball Handling Drill #9: SKIP DRIBBLE
The player stands and moves his legs in a scissors-like fashion,
with his toes pointing straight ahead. The player should keep his back straight and should not bend
The player dribbles the ball through his legs from front to back,
from one hand to the other, as he jumps and shifts his feet.
The player should try to complete fifty to one hundred bounces
without making a mistake.
Ball Handling Drill #10: CROSS-0VER AND
This is a combination of a crossover and a spin dribble. Dribble
hard to the first cone and as you approach the cone, plant your outside foot and change direction using a low
crossover dribble on this quickly plant your inside foot and execute a spin dribble.
It is easily taught when the spin is done with the right hand, which
is the dominating/ strong hand of most of the players. So you start you dribble with your left hand, do a crossover
with your left hand and a spin dribble with your right. Continue till the last cone then finish it with a lay-up
Ball Handling Drill #11: BEHIND THE BACK
Dribble, as fast to the first cone, when you approach the cone, your
body should be forward in front of the ball. Quickly pull the ball with your wrist, fingers then arm around you
back to change direction. The ball should be waist high. As the ball changes direction use your off hand and body
to shield the ball. So on keep going changing hands using behind the back dribble till the last cone then goes for
a lay-up shot.
Ball Handling Drill #12: YO-YO
This is a combination of crossover on a crossover dribble. This is a
dribble to deceive and commit the defense. As you plant your outside foot to change direction you use a low
crossover dribble from right to left and left to right and speed up dribbling the ball waist high as you approach
the next cone. Continue until you reach the last cone then take a lay-up shot.
Ball Handling Drill #13: KNEE
Stand with your feet together and bend over like you are going to
touch your toes. Place the ball behind your knees. Let the ball go, clap your hands in front of your knees and
catch the ball before it hits the ground. This is a very hard drill, but is a real good hand quickness drill. When
you can do this...You have quick hands!
This is a drill Pistol Pete developed and used. He was the best ball
Ball Handling Drill #14: KG
Bounce the ball off the glass. Make a sudden move such as a fake
crossover. Do the move three times while heading down the court. Once at the three point line, once at the half
court line, and again at the other three point line.
Ball Handling Drill #15:
Start at one end of the court with ball in either hand. Run down the
court throwing the ball under the legs! If you drop the ball while running up and down the court you are out. The
last player still performing the drill is named the Champion!
Ball Handling Drill #16:
Hold the ball at chest height with both hands. You then bounce the
ball between your legs. Move both hands from front to back, catching the ball behind your back. Attempt to slam the
ball through your legs as hard as you can.
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