Dribbling a basketball at full speed is a much different feel than walking up the floor or being stationary, and it is a lot more difficult. What is even more difficult than that is changing direction with the basketball going full speed. One of the best players in the NBA at doing this is Ty Lawson for the Denver Nuggets. His ability to get up the floor and through traffic in transition allows the Nuggets to play at a breakneck pace, and it makes them very hard to guard.
This one ball basketball dribbling drill will help a player work on making a move at full speed while still staying under control. It is okay for the player to lose the ball during this drill because it means that they are getting out of their comfort zone and pushing themselves. This is actually encouraged in all of our basketball dribbling drills.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: 1 Dribble Between the Legs Change Direction Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball.
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Goals of the Drill
Work on handling the basketball at full speed and making a change of direction move.
- Don’t worry about turning the ball over during the basketball drill because this is how the player will get used to going at that fast of a pace.
- Keep your eyes up and push yourself during the drill.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The player is going to start on the baseline with the basketball.
- They will start moving forward, take one dribble, and then dribble the ball between their legs to their other hand.
- Without breaking stride, they are going to repeat the one dribble between the legs move.
- This will continue all the way up the floor until the player reaches the opposite baseline, and then they will turn around and come back.