Basketball Dodge Ball - Fun Ballhandling Drill

The following is a fun drill to break up the monotony of practice and livening things up. It is designed to improve your players' dribbling and passing skills.

Step 1:

To begin, use cones to mark off a large playing area in a half court.

Divide your team in to two equal sides. Ideally, each side will have 5-10 players.

Team A begins inside the cones without basketballs.

Team B begins outside the cones, with each player dribbling a basketball.

Step 2:

On your whistle, team B dribbles into the square to try and pass their balls to make contact with a player from team A.

Passes must be made to contact a player below the waist.

Team A can move anywhere within the cones to avoid being hit with the ball.

Team B must keep their dribble while inside the cones.

When a player from team A is hit with the ball, they are out and have to leave the game.

Eliminated players can run laps around the court until the drill is finished.

The drill ends when all players from team A are out.

Repeat the drill with the teams switching roles. Whichever team eliminates all of their opponents in the least amount of time, wins.


You can add additional drills to change things up and also force players to work on certain skills. Some variations include:

  • Left hand dribble only
  • Left hand dribble and pass only (one hand pass).
  • Bounce pass only
  • One hand pass only
  • Behind the back pass only (have some fun with it)

Please leave your comments, suggestions, and questions below...


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Coach E says:
4/16/2015 at 10:30:39 AM

Perhaps have the passer use a bounce pass.. this would lessen the impact of a pass thrown with bad intentions.


96044 says:
4/14/2015 at 12:40:30 AM

If someone gets hit they trade places with the thrower. Continuous action, must throw below the waist.


TC says:
4/3/2015 at 3:51:36 PM

You need to have a punishment for the team with the ball, if they make a pass trying to hit the other player from the other team and they fail, they should be out. the team with the most players in after a certain time frame wins....


Zero says:
4/2/2015 at 12:59:19 PM

This looks like FUN! will try it. From American Samoa Pago Pago.


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