Not only do tennis ball basketball dribbling drills work to improve ball handling, but they also work on eye hand coordination. When a player is in a game handling the basketball, they should not have to look down while they are dribbling, or think about what move they are going to make with the ball. If they are having to worry so much about not losing the ball, then they wont be able to run the offense and see the open teammate.
Tennis ball drills are great for preparing a player to be able to dribble the basketball without having to think about it, and without always needing to look down at the ball. There are a lot of great basketball drills to work on ball handling that you can do with tennis balls, and the the 1 dribble toss behind the back tennis ball drill is just one of them.
Drill Name: Progression Walking Toss Behind the Back Tennis Ball Drill
Drill Goal: Learn how to dribble without looking down at the basketball and work on eye hand coordination.
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and 1 tennis ball.
Tips: Stay low as you dribble, focus on a good toss when you throw the tennis ball up in the air.
Directions: Start on the baseline with a basketball in your right hand and a tennis ball in your left hand. Begin walking forward and as you do dribble the ball 1-3 times (depending on the level of the player) and then toss the tennis ball up in the air. While the tennis ball is in the air you are going to dribble the basketball behind your back to your other hand. Catch the tennis ball with your open hand and then take 1-3 dribble again before repeating the move. Continue this pattern all the way down the court to the opposite baseline. Once you get to the opposite baseline you are going to come back, but this time do the drill moving backwards.