Gears - Change of Speed Dribbling
Ages: All Ages Youth Middle School High School+
Purpose of the Drill:
This is a great skill development drill that improves dribbling ability and teaches "change of pace". Being able to change your pace/speed in a game is very important -- it keeps the defense off balance and all the great ballhandlers change their speed very well.
- Players line of up on the baseline. Each player needs two basketballs. Explain to the players how "gears" work. When they hear you say "gear 1", they run 25% speed (a fast walk). Gear 2 is 50%, Gear 3 is 75%, and Gear 4 is 100% speed.
- The drill starts when you say "gear 2" (you can call out what ever number you want). As players dribble down the court with two basketballs, keeping their head up, you holler out gear changes (gear 1, gear 2, etc). You might only have 1 gear change down the court and you could have 5 gear changes. You want to mix things up and get players used to changing to and from any speed. It's a challenging drill that players both love and hate. They love it because it makes them better, but they hate it because it's challenging and hard work.
- Be sure to change from gear 4 to gear 1 often. You can also add more gears if you want.