These are some of my favorite stationary dribbling progressions used in our shooting & ball handling camps. It's really quick, efficient, and effective for all age levels.
These drills improve your feel for the basketball, develop hand-eye coordination, and get you warmed up and ready to play.
When to Use the Drill
Even though the video lasts 6 minutes, the progression only takes 2-3 minutes in practice.If you can, try to do these stationary drills BEFORE you get on the court. Do the drills in a hallway, sideline, or somewhere else. That way, when you get on the court...
1 - You can maximize your court time with drills where you need a court and basket.
2 - Do dribbling drills on the move.
So if you have the gym reserved at 6pm, get there at 5:45pm, spend a few minutes on these dribbling drills. Then you can do other exercises to warm up, improve athleticism, and prevent injuries.
Also, if you have enough space, itís best if you walk or slowly jog while doing the drills. However, with beginners, you might have to start stationary before moving.
Points of Emphasis
In the video, Jim Huber demonstrates progressions and key teaching points to execute each dribble correctly.
He also mentions a few universal teaching points that are important:
Pound the Ball - When doing the drill, you want to pound (smash) the ball as hard as you can! This improves your hand speed, strength, and confidence with the ball.
Eyes Up - You should also keep your eyes up. That way, you see the entire floor when handling the ball during a game.
Snap it Low - You should also snap the ball quickly and keep it low when crossing in front, through legs or behind the back.
Go fast enough to make a mistake - If you do this for 60 seconds and never lose the ball, you're not going quick enough, low enough, etc.
The KEY to this drill is to dribble with your eyes up and smashing the ball as hard as you can! This develops confidence, arm strength, quicker hands, quicker dribbles, and better ballhandling skills.
Why the 2-1-0 Progression is Efficient
By using the "2-1-0" dribble progression, you can keep the drill moving and quickly challenge yourself without stopping.
You quickly transition every five to ten seconds from "2 dribbles", then "1 dribble", then "0 dribbles" (aka: continuous or no dribbles).
Once you learn the basics, you don't stop. In practices, you just pick a move and how many dribbles to use in between. And you keep dribbling non-stop for 2-3 minutes.
I often see practices where coaches or trainers use stationary dribbling, and every time they change, they demonstrate what to do. This takes TIME -- which equates to lower efficiency and fewer touches for players.
The "2-1-0" concept is just a simple way to challenge you and keep you working without stopping.
You can apply this progression to a number of dribble moves and modify this drill in many ways. Here are just a few variations to consider:
Go in reverse order (surprisingly hard at first) -- 0 dribbles (continuous), then 1 dribble, then 2 dribbles.
Remove, add, or reorder the moves used. (We usually skip the "split through the legs" dribble.)
Start with 3 dribbles.... (3 dribbles - 2 dribbles - 1 dribble - 0 dribbles).
Use "doubles" with cross, legs, and back.
Why We Like This Drill
We like this drill because...
It's versatile -- it doesn't require any equipment or basketball hoops. You just need a basketball and a little bit of space.
It works for 1 player alone in the gym or with 50 players on one court. Again, it's versatile.
Every player has a ball in their hands -- so players get lots of reps in a short amount of time.
It works for all age levels -- younger kids go slower and might not be able to keep their eyes up. Older players go faster, pound ball harder, and keep eyes up for a challenge.
It's fast paced and efficient.