Below are 30 dribbling drills for basketball coaches to use during practice. The drills require anywhere from 1 to 5 players.
Each drill has unique purpose and emphasis -- but with all dribbling drills you want to emphasize:
- Dribbling with eyes up.
- Using finger pads to control the ball.
- Working both left and right hand.
- Push yourself, get out of your comfort zone (if you're not making some mistakes you're not getting out of your comfort zone).
Before getting into the drills, you might want to read the 5 Things You Need To Know To Be a Great Ball Handler and 7 Common Traits in Elite Level Dribbling.
Dribbling Drills for Beginners
For beginners you should start with very simple stationary drills. Here's a good stationary dribbling progression for beginners. This allows you to introduce the skills, concepts, and basic terminology.
Once players grasp the basic skills, you can introduce movement and fun games. Here are a few fun dribbling drills that are good for beginners:
Fun Dribbling Drills for All Ages
Basketball should be fun. By making the drills fun, players are motivated, improve, and look forward to practice.
Here are several fun drills that are good for any age level. To keep things fresh and break up the monotony, we use some of the same youth drills with our high school players that are effective and the older kids have a lot of fun with them.
Youth & Intermediate Dribbling Drills
Stationary Dribbling Drills
Stationary dribbling drills are great for warm up, introducing new skills to beginners, and getting lots of touches (high number of reps in short amount of time).
You can use these drills at all levels (youth to the pros) but stationary drills should NOT be the only drills you use! It's very important to also use more game-like dribbling drills that incorporate movement and defenders (shown in categories below).
Dribbling Drills on the Move
Dribbling while moving better simulates what happens in a game... because you're standing stationary in a game. So here are a few drills that incorporate movements and various challenges while getting as many touches as possible.
Game Based Dribbling Drills With Defenders
Game based drills are the best way to simulate what happens in a game and improve dribbling skills. These are vital drills to incorporate into your practices. Many are 1v1 in nature, which forces the player to dribble (no one to pass to and bail them out).
Advanced Dribbling Drills
Here are a few challenging drills for players with advanced ballhandling skills...
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