Basketball drills for dribbling

  1. Make sure each player has a ball.
  2. All players start on the baseline
  3. Alternate between strong and weak hand dribbling.

Exercise 1
  • The player starts from the triple-threat position, protecting the ball.
  • The player dribbles the ball on the ground 5 times. Then he jumps forward with two feet at the same time, grabbing the ball with two hands.
  • Points of interest:
    • Player dribbles the ball with the fingertips.
    • Player dribbles below waist but above knee.
    • Player stays balanced after jumping forward.
    • Player does not look at the ball while dribbling, but looks ahead.
Exercise 2
  • Player starts again from triple-threat position.
  • The player takes five steps forward while dribbling.
  • After five steps the player jumps up from the last pass and stops again on two feet.
  • Points of attention:
    • Player pushes the ball forward with fingertips
    • Player looks in front of him
    • Player stays in balance after jumping
Exercise 3
  • The player starts again from the triple-threat position.
  • The player takes five steps forward.
  • After five steps the player grabs the ball and takes two steps forward as in the double counting rhythm.
  • Alternate with right foot first, then left foot.
  • Points of Attention:
    • Players must hold the ball when entering the two-count rhythm.
  • Make a circle with all the players.
  • Make sure each player has a ball.
  • Do several ball skills exercises.
  • Do the continuous rehearsal, with the players trying to imitate the trainer in the middle of the circle.
Make sure all players have a ball
  • The player starts at the post next to the bucket.
  • Player dribbles to the basket
  • Variations:
    • The player stops on two feet = jumpshot
    • The player starts the two-count rhythm = lay-up
      • From the right side: first right foot, drop with left foot.
      • From the left side: first with left foot, then with right foot.
  • The player picks up his own rebound and dribbles around the pole.
  • The player zigzags through the posts.
  • The player then rejoins the line near the basket.
When there is a large group, this exercise can be done on both sides of the field.
  • Who is the first group to reach 20 scores, wins.
  1. Make sure there are two balls for each player. Let the players get an extra ball themselves.
  2. Place the extra basketballs against the wall, behind the baseline.

Exercise 1
  • The player starts from the triple-threat position.
  • The player dribbles forward with the ball to the center line.
  • Player dribbles backwards with the ball to the baseline.
  • Points of Attention:
    • Player pushes the ball forward
    • Player takes the ball back with his fingertips.
Exercise 2
  • Player dribbles with two basketballs to the center line.
  • Player dribbles two basketballs to the baseline, backwards.
This game form consists of two teams. These two teams can either compete against each other, or work together in a race against the clock.

1) Make two teams of about the same number of players.
2) Each team has a ball and its own hoop.

In the middle of the field there is a hoop with pawns in it. These are pawns in the shape of a hat.

  • One player of each team dribbles to the hoop, zigzagging through the poles.
  • The player takes one hat from the hoop and puts it on his/her head.
  • The player dribbles with the hat back to his/her own hoop.
  • The player dribbles back to his/her own hoop, takes the hat off his/her head and puts it in the hoop.
  • The player gives the ball to the next player and the next player can leave.

Can be extended to four teams, with the two other teams dribbling in from the sides of the field.
Everyone get a ball and divide over the length of the field

- Dribble back and forth (jump stop, pivot across, or keep dribbling).
- Warming up: start slow, 50, 70, 100%.


- Dribble left out, right back.
- 2x left, 2x right.
- Roll the ball over the ground (make 8 rolls).
- Hold the ball and jump with 2 legs.
- The Crab.
- Between the legs (high and low).
- Tapping lines along the way.

- On the way 5x push-ups, 10 abdominal crunches, 30 sec taps.
- Low dribble (fast left/right),
- High dribble with hop, backwards.
- Behind the back, turn around the axis.

- Standing: through the legs (step out, dribble, step back), dribble low 8s.

  • Divide players into groups of 5.
  • Normally we have 2 or 3 baskets available.
  • For example, every 7 minutes turn over, first center explanation. (most guidance on the dribbling skills needed)
  • Station 1. (Basket 1)
    • 3x2 play from the center line without dribbling (only passing, free running, pivoting)
  • Station 2. (basket 2)
    • 1x1 play (substitution, attacker becomes defender, occasionally change the order to get different match-ups, 1-shot attempt or under time pressure to keep up the momentum)
  • Station 3. (Basket 3 - if available)
    • Shooting exercise: 5 positions on edge of bucket (low, elbow, free throw line, elbow low).
    • 1 player shoots, others catch and pass the ball (1 shot per position, highest score of the group)
  • Station 4 dribbling skills. (1-2 pawns)
    • Over the pylon (do not take it with you, keep control, from left to right, 1 hand behind your back)
    • Lift the pylon with the left, dribble with the right (throw the pylon, catch it with the other hand)
    • Left/right and touch pylon (timer, counting) - hand that releases the ball must touch pylon (low position, defend the ball)
    • 2 pawns, dribble left, touch right
    • 2 cones (8 dribble with 1 hand)
  • Station 5 dribbling skills. (row of pawns)
    • Slalom around the pawns, low dribble, back and forth (tempo)
    • Variant: low dribble, feet on both sides of the pawns, cross after every pylon.
    • Low dribble, always touching the according pawns.
    • Stay in control, stay on the same side. (dribble left, touch pylon with right)
  • Slalom around the pawns. (low dribble)
  • Over the bank:
    • Low dribble on the ground, cross over.
  • Drive by cones:
    • Dribble with the left and touch each cone with the right.
  • Push-ups/abdominal thrusts on the middle line.
  • Layup.
  • You set up a course with pawns, benches.
  • Pawns:
    • Slalom
  • Benches:
    • Walking and dribbling.
  • Passing to the other side.
  • At each part someone is ready to start.
  • You pass the ball from a distance to the next person.
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