How To Greatly Reduce Turnovers With These Body Control Drills

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In this video, Bob Bigelow takes you through some great drills that will improve body control with and without the basketball. These will dramatically reduce traveling calls and bad passes.

Here are the drills and progressions for Red Light - Green Light that Bob takes you through in the video.

  1. No basketball - slow
  2. No basketball - fast
  3. Dribbling - slow
  4. Dribbling - fast
Body Control Tips

  • Knees bent, hips back, shoulders over the feet, shooting foot forward.
  • Be quick, but don't hurry.
  • Be under control.

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Philippe BASTIEN says:
7/26/2021 at 5:03:53 AM

Trés bon exercice justifiant l'équilibre, la maitrise du ballon, la lecture de jeu.


Coach R. Gonzalez says:
4/8/2021 at 9:19:09 AM

I actually did this drill with my 8th grade girl's team with a standing dribble.


Michael Edmonds says:
11/1/2016 at 11:08:03 AM

I like the stop / go piece but don''t like the right foot forward for a right handed shooter. That would be opposite of what is taught for how to step into a shot. As far as jumping into triple threat when both feet land you can establish either foot at your pivot foot.


Ken Sartini says:
10/23/2014 at 5:06:13 PM

They are going into a jump stop in a triple threat position..... their right foot is now their pivot foot and you have a step and a half to shoot.


Jon says:
10/23/2014 at 11:56:42 AM

I don't understand why a right handed player would want to stop with their right foot forward. It seems backwards for how a right handed player would then step into a jump shot because then you would be forced to step in with your left foot. What am I missing?

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B S says:
12/12/2016 at 1:41:47 PM

Think about shooting off the dribble. The right foot is forward. I think it's a good drill, but you might want to add a shot to the drill. Go...stop...shoot. I use it without a ball.


Parthipan says:
10/31/2011 at 10:09:16 PM

Any beginner joining my camp should go through the START STOP DRILL without/ with the basketball,definitely it curtails rate of VIOLATIONS.


Keith says:
10/19/2011 at 9:26:06 PM

Just taught a group of kids ages 10-12.

Used this drill today. Was great way to teach kids balance and control


Tim says:
10/19/2011 at 1:57:41 PM

Great drill...middle school..two practices with these body control drills..decreased turnovers by 80% in the next game. I coach females and center of gravity is even more important to teach. Very helpful.


Joe Haefner says:
10/18/2011 at 7:49:35 PM

Absolutely, Dan. You can have them dribble forwards when you say green light and stop moving on red light, but maintain the dribble. You can also have them perform a back up dribble when you show the red light.


Dan says:
10/18/2011 at 7:42:23 PM

Would you run the drill with the kids stopping, but with a standing dribble?

Most kids are too quick to pick up the ball and they get in trouble by not having their dribble to attack, get out of trouble, etc.


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