This is one of the more basic basketball dribbling drills, but it is excellent for working with players on being efficient with their movements and really mastering the on the move crossover dribble. It is also an excellent basketball drill for breaking down being explosive after a player makes a move past their defender.
Because whatever type of a dribble move that a player uses on their defender, they will always want to get their shoulders downhill and push the basketball out past their defender after they make their move. So the same way that a basketball player would practice their form shooting to improve their shooting technique, this one ball basketball dribbling drill will allow players to practice their form and technique when attacking a defender off of the dribble.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: 3 Bounce Crossover Basketball Dribbling Drill
Equipment Needed: One basketball, a partner (or chair if no partner), and a basket.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on being able to explode past a defender with a crossover move.
- Fine-tune the details of a good crossover dribble.
- Work on different types of finishes at the basket or pull up shots.
- The player needs to stay low and athletic as they come into their move and execute it.
- Make sure that the player doesn’t take a false step backward before attacking.
- Really lock in on teaching the details of the crossover move and the player’s ability to sell the move.
- The player needs to explode out after the three dribbles, make the crossover move, and then explode out of that move.
- You can work on whatever type of basketball finish you would like at the basket – athletic finish, floater, runner, pull up, etc.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The player will start 6-8 feet off of the 3 point line out on the wing.
- The partner (or chair) is going to be right on the 3 point line.
- When the drill starts, the player will take three stationary dribbles with his/her outside hand.
- After the 3rd dribble, the player will push the ball out and attack the partner/chair.
- At the partner/chair, they will make a crossover move to the middle and push the ball out past the defender and finish at the basket.
- The next player in line will go, or the player will reset and repeat.
- After the desired amount of repetitions, switch sides of the floor.
Recommended Time, Scoring, and Repetitions
- If doing this basketball drill for repetitions, have the players cycle through until you have achieved the desired amount of repetitions and then switch sides. If you have a large group of players, set up the drill on both sides of the floor.
- Doing this drill for time will allow you to stay better on track with your workouts but will flow the same way. Just set your desired amount of time for each type of finish you want to work on and keep working through each finish.
- If you are finishing at the basket, reps and makes will be pretty similar, so it doesn’t really make sense to do makes at the basket. However, if you are working on pull-up shots, makes would be a good way to keep track. If you are tracking by makes, you could turn it into a competition basketball drill. You could have the losers run or something as well.
- This basketball drill is great to work on the crossover move, but it is also an excellent drill to work on the between the legs move and behind the back move. So consider working on these moves with this drill as well.
3 Bounce Crossover Basketball Dribbling Drill Conclusion
Not all crossovers are equal, which is a pretty obvious statement. However, this means that basketball players who spend time really fine-tuning their crossover move will be that much more effective with it. So when doing this basketball drill, really make sure that players are working on the details of the move.
Along with working on the crossover move, this drill will also allow players to work on being explosive with the basketball. The more a player can change up speeds, the harder they will be to guard, regardless of the move they end up using. This basketball drill isn’t just for point guards, either. It can be a beneficial drill for any player position.