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Chair Curl with 2 Chairs

Drill Purpose (All Ages)

This is a variation of the Chair Curl drill that adds a ballhandling twist and extra challenge. It combines shooting, ballhandling and speed and high intensity change in direction.


Instructions

  1. Place a chair, facing sideline, at the foul line extended, within the shooter's range. Place a 2nd chair closer to the basket and to the side of the first chair.

  2. Place a ball on the first chair.

  3. Player starts on the same side block.

   chair_curl1 (1K)

  1. Player sprints and curls around the chair (it can be from the baseline or over the top), picks up the ball and takes a jump shot.

   chair_curl2 (1K)

  1. After shooter takes the jump shot, he chases down the rebound (puts it in if the jumper was missed - always end on a make).

   chair_curl3 (1K)

  1. The player then makes a 1 or 2 change dribble move back around the chair and jabs at the 2nd chair.

   chair_curl4 (1K)

  1. Then they make a backup dribble and a quick change to other side of the chair for a jumper.

   chair_curl4 (1K)


Points of Emphasis

  • Keep your head up.
  • Use your finger tips when dribbling (not your palms).
  • Teach mentality. There is too much dribbling for no reason in our game today. I like to teach that the primary purpose for putting the ball on the floor is to get a lay-up. If you don't have an opportunity, don't put it on the floor.
  • Basketball is a game of length. Work on lengthening the dribble. Work to get your opportunities with 1 dribble. You don't beat defenses with your dribble. You beat people with your feet; you SEPARATE from your defense with the dribble.
  • Basketball is also a game of angles. Try to move in straight lines. Whenever you make an "East-West" move (something that takes you toward the sideline), re-capture a "North-South" path (direct line to the basket) as quickly as possible.
  • Don't do in 2 dribbles things you can do in 1.
  • Practice outside your comfort zone. Experiment; go faster than you are used to, use your imagination. When working on new skills, don't be concerned with losing the ball. Just pick it up and do it again.
Do you have any questions or suggestions for this drill? Let us know by leaving your comments...





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kendrick says:
12/12/2008 at 3:02:29 PM

All these tips and drills are great. What kind of dribbling drills I could do with 7 and 8 year olds?

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Joe Haefner says:
12/13/2008 at 8:04:05 AM

Hi Kendrick,

This page should help you: http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/qa/q4-basicyouthdrills.html

It covers basic drills for that age group.

You could also check out our 'Coaching Youth Basketball' section for more articles, drills, and tips: http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/coaching/youthbasketball.html

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Trevor says:
11/29/2012 at 6:38:35 PM

What do you mean by change dribble? Is that a change of pace dribble or 2 different dribble moves, cross over, through legs etc.

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Joe Haefner says:
11/30/2012 at 12:04:07 PM

Trevor, that would just mean a dribble move. Crossover, behind back, btw legs, inside out, etc.

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