Two ball dribbling drills dramatically increase a player's dribbling and ball handling abilities. It also helps a player develop great one on one moves. This happens because after you force your mind/body to perform a really difficult task (dribbling with two balls), an easier task (dribbling with one basketball) becomes much less difficult than it was before. It's sort of a mind trick, but in a good way.
As we all know and probably have heard a million times, a baby has to learn to crawl before it can walk. You should apply this same analogy to two ball dribbling. When a player first practices two ball dribbling, the player should do stationary dribbling. Some players may be ready to start moving with both basketballs within a minute. For some players, it could take a few weeks.
Two Ball Dribbling Videos:
Dribble While Catching Tennis Balls - Dribble laterally while catching tennis balls from a partner.
Two Ball Dribble - On the way down, alternate the dribbles between the left and right hand. On the way back, dribble the balls at the same time. This is similar to the descriptions of the Two Ball Pound and Alternating Dribble provided below.
Two Ball Low Dribble - Dribble the balls below your knees while weaving through the chairs. On the way down, dribble the balls at the same time. On the way back, alternate dribbles.
Two Ball High Dribble - This is the same as the Two Ball Low Dribble, except you dribble the balls at shoulder height.
Two Ball High-Low Dribble - Dribble one ball below your knees while dribbling the other ball at shoulder height. Switch hands on the way back.
Two Ball High-Low Alternate Dribble - Dribble low with one hand, high with the other around the chair. Switch low dribble hand and high dribble hand around each chair.
Two Ball Crossover Dribble - Crossover with both hands when you come to each chair.
Two Ball Weave Dribble - Weave in and out of the chairs dribbling forward to backwards and backwards to forward after every chair.
Here are some stationary & moving two ball dribbling moves:
- Two Ball Pound - Dribble both balls at the same time. You can vary the height of the dribble from ankle, waist, and shoulder heights.
- Alternating Dribble - As one ball hits the floor, the other ball should be reaching your hand. You can vary heights on this drill as well.
- Crossover - Cross the two balls in front of your body at the same time.
- Between the Legs & Crossover - Dribble one ball between your legs and cross over with the other one.
- Hesitation - You should act like you're slowing down or coming to a stop, then explode out of the dribble as hard as you can.
- Behind the Back & Crossover - Take one ball behind the back while crossing the other basketball in front.
- Alternating Heights - Dribble one ball high while dribbling the other low.
- Inside out with both balls
- Spin with both balls
- Behind back with one ball - crossover with the other
- Behind back with one ball - through legs with the other
- Backup dribble then crossover with both balls and explode forward
You can view a video on two ball stationary drills & workouts . It may also give you some other ideas for two ball dribbling moves.
Personally, I only think you should do the stationary drills for a few minutes before progressing to movement drills.
I like to use the stationary drills as a two or three minute warmup to get the upper body loosened up.
To use these drills in practice:
Chairs & Cones:
For workouts with ball handling, shooting, guard play, post play, and more, check out the Attack and Counter Basketball Workouts developed by NBA skills coach Don Kelbick.
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