Handling the basketball on the move is a completely different feel from dribbling the basketball in a stationary position. So you must spend time working on both types of dribbling. This ball handling basketball drill will work on changing directions at a high speed without having to stop or slow down. You would use this type of dribble move in transition when a defender steps up to cut you off. A less experienced ball-handler would either have to stop or slow down, which would most likely end the break, or the player would be out of control and commit a turnover.
This one ball basketball dribbling drill aims to get the ball handler comfortable with making moves at a high rate of speed. It will really allow for a faster transition and easier scoring opportunities. This is a great basketball drill that you can do with your whole team and can also be used as a form of conditioning because the players are basically sprinting while dribbling the basketball.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: 2 Dribble Crossover Change of Direction Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on ball handling and being able to make a change of direction move while going full speed.
- Keep your eyes up when handling the basketball and keep your body under control.
- It is okay to lose the basketball; you want to get out of your comfort zone and push yourself to get better.
- If you have multiple players doing the drill, the players will line up 3 across the baseline.
- One player under the basket and one player on each of the 3 point lines. This is important so that there is plenty of spacing between the ball handlers.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The ball handler is going to start on the baseline with the basketball in their right hand.
- When the drill starts, the player is going to speed dribble forward, taking two dribbles.
- Without slowing down, the player will change direction and cross the basketball over to their left hand, where they will take another two dribbles attacking forward before repeating the same crossover and change direction move.
- Continue this all the way down the floor.
- Usually, this basketball drill is done for a total of four times down the floor.