This tennis ball dribbling drill is great because it mixes 4 moves into one basketball dribbling drill. You also have to be able to think while you are doing this drill. In a game if you are so focused on dribbling the ball you will not be able to make the right reads in the game. Great ball handlers make the basketball an extension of themselves and are able to see cutters and make the right reads on offense.
Drill Name: Progression Walking Rhythm 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. If you give yourself a good toss and make a quick sharp move you will have plenty of time to execute your move. Make sure that you can execute 3 dribbles in between each move before you move onto 2 dribbles and then 1 dribble. Get out of your comfort zone and don't be afraid to make a mistake and turn the ball over while doing the drill.
Directions: You are going to do 4 separate moves with 1-3 dribbles in between each move; 2 crossovers, 2 between the legs, 2 behind the back, and then 2 reverse between the legs. The goal is to work your way to less dribbles. As you do each move you are going to toss the tennis ball up in the air and catch it with your other hand. Start on the baseline and walk all the way to the other baseline while doing the moves and then come back, but this time do the same moves walking backwards.