10 Youth Ball Handling Drills – The Maravich Series

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If you’re looking for a great set of ball handling drills for beginners or youth basketball players, go no further than the Maravich drills.

The Maravich drills are named after the legendary "Pistol" Pete Maravich. Maravich still holds the NCAA single season scoring record and the career scoring record while only playing three seasons. In addition to being a great scorer, anybody who watched him marveled at his ability to handle the basketball. He was truly a magician with the basketball.

If you would like to be a great ball handler like Pistol Pete, the Maravich drill series is an essential foundation.

This is a great stationary ball handling series that improves your feel for the ball while improving...

  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Hand Quickness
  • Rhythm
  • Hand, Wrist, and Finger Strength

With youth players, we’ll spend about 3 to 5 minutes with this at every practice until we build a solid foundation.

Check out the video below...

Here is a list of the progressions mentioned in the video with approximate times:

0:25 - Ball Slaps
0:43 - Finger Tips
1:00 - Ball Circles
1:26 - Ball Wraps - One Leg
1:42 - Figure 8 - No Dribble
1:57 - Front To Back Toss
2:11 - One Leg Dribble
2:29 - Figure 8 Dribble
2:52 - Figure 8 Dribble - 1 Hand
3:09 - Spider Dribble

Emphasis Tips:

  • Use Finger Tips and Finger Pads / Keep Ball Off Your Palm – This helps with control of the basketball. Palming the ball makes it more difficult to control the ball.

  • Athletic Stance – Emphasize that your players execute these ball handling drills from a stance that they can play the game from. Watch for excessive leaning over and unbalanced positions.

In addition to this, make sure to spend time dribbling on the move. You’ll also find as the players advance, that you can progress to more advanced drills and spend less time on stationary ball handling.

How Can You Learn The Drills and Skills To Become A Great Ball Handler?!?

If you would like to learn the necessary skills and drills to becoming a great ball handler, make sure to check out our Shooting, Ball Handling, and Finishing Camps.

For more Advanced Basketball Camps, you can check out the...

  • Attack and Counter Basketball Camps
  • Ball Handling, Shooting & Decision Training Camps
  • Elite Point Guard Camps

We also have many great ball handling resources listed below:
30 Competitive Skill Development Drills
Basketball Dribbling and Ballhandling Fundamentals, Drills, & Tips With Video Clips
The Importance of the Back Up Dribble and How It Reduces Turnovers Against Pressure

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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Shlomo says:
5/3/2014 at 8:43:27 AM

Good drills for all age groups


John says:
5/2/2014 at 1:40:52 PM

Good tips. I use several of these as I was learning to dribble when I was a kid and now teach my son and daughter these as well.
Just remember to encourage the inexperienced players to keep at it and to not give up. These can be intimidating to some of them.
And one more thought: For you parents that have no basketball experience, do these drills with your kids and let them see your progress so that they are willing to keep trying. You want to make it fun, not drill them to death! lol


myron says:
5/2/2014 at 7:23:15 AM

thanks for the tips


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