This 1v1 drill will reduce dribbling turnovers and give your team more scoring opportunities by improving your player's ability to create space and beat defenders off the dribble...
Your players learn how to...
- Protect the ball from defensive pressure using the control dribble
- Advance the ball and create space against pressure
- Use 3 back up dribble moves to beat the defense.
Instructions For Drill:
Cones are about 6 to 8 feet apart. If the offense dribbles outside the cones, it is an automatic turnover.
The offense advances the ball to the 3-point line using a control dribble. The offense tries to move in a straight line. The defense applies pressure to make it difficult to advance. This forces the offense to learn how to advance the ball through contact while protecting the ball.
Once the offense reaches the 3-point line, the drill is live. The offense must do at least one back up dribble before proceeding forward. There is a maximum of two back up dribbles.
- Change the width of cones to increase or decrease difficulty - You can reduce the width of the cones to increase difficulty. You can increase the width to make it easier.
- Alternate hands - Make sure that the players alternate hands on the control dribble at the start of each repetition.
- Add more decision-making - To add a layer of decision-making, you can start from the same position and play 2v2 and 3v3.
3 Back Up Dribble Moves
As mentioned in the video, Coach Huber also taught three different back up dribble moves that you can use to beat the defense.
Move #1 - Back Up & Go
If the defender comes forward aggressively with your initial back up dribble, you immediately explode to the basket. This is typically done after the first back up dribble.
Move #2 - Back Up & Straight Line Drive
After you execute the back up dribble and square up, the defender stayed back. You also recognize that the defender's outside shoulder is in the middle of your body or inside hip, so you attack in a straight line drive.
You can also jab in the opposite direction to take them more out of position or use an inside out move.
Move #3 - Back Up & Dribble Move
After you execute the back up dribble and square up, the defender stayed back. This time the defender is directly between you and the basket. The defender's chest is square to your chest. Now, you can attack with a dribble move.
You can change directions with a move like a crossover, behind-the-back, or between the legs.
You can also do a hesitation move, or you can combine a hesitation with any change of direction move.
If you use these tips and drills, it will make your players better ball handlers which will result in fewer turnovers and more scoring opportunities for your team.
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