Unique Way To Keep Players Head Up While Ball Handling
Over the past couple of years, I have used balloons with my youth players to assist with weak hand development and for keeping their eyes up on the dribble.
We incorporate them into ball handling drills similar to how many coaches use tennis balls. I have found that these drills are best done with youth players ranging from 3rd-6th grade. My youth players really enjoy the balloon series and I have found them effective for increasing floor vision and for weak hand development.
Level 1: Each player will have a balloon, basketball, and space to move. The goal for the players is to work on their pound dribbles while keeping the balloon in the air by tapping it up with the hand that is not dribbling. We will go for a certain amount of time with each hand and then switch our dribbles to the other hand. If the balloon hits the ground, the players can restart and try again.
Level 2: After players have mastered level 1, we would now have them do stationary crossovers or scissors dribbles while trying to keep the balloon in the air.
Level 3: Once players feel confident with level 2
we will challenge them with our circle sprint drill.
In this drill, players will be working on their speed dribble by popping the balloon up to start and then speed dribbling to the other side of the circle and back before the balloon hits the ground. Players will then pop the balloon up again and keep going.
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