3 Dribble Partner Tennis Ball Toss/Bounce Basketball Drill

3 Dribble Partner Tennis Ball Toss/Bounce Basketball Drill


If you are willing to commit to the time needed to become a great ball-handler, you will be able to make the basketball an extension of yourself. You will be able to make moves without having to hesitate or look down at the ball. The goal of this ball handling basketball drill is to help you get comfortable dribbling the ball while doing something else, like tossing a tennis ball back and forth.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: 3 Dribble Partner Tennis Ball Toss/Bounce Basketball Drill

Equipment Needed: 2 tennis balls, 2 basketballs, and a partner.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Improve your hands, build teamwork, help your players learn to think while dribbling the ball.


Coaching Points

  • Make a good toss or bounce to your partner every time.
  • Stay low on your dribble and pound the basketball as hard as you can against the ground.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • Face your partner but have about 8 feet distance in between.
  • One player will have the basketball in their right hand, and the other player will have it in their left hand.
  • The tennis balls will be in the player’s opposite hand.
  • Before starting this partner tennis ball basketball dribbling drill, decide which player will bounce the tennis ball and which will toss it.
  • Both players will dribble the ball 3 times and then toss/bounce the tennis ball to their partner.
  • Continue this back and forth and take 3 dribbles in between each time.
  • After about 30 seconds, switch which hand is dribbling the basketball and who is bouncing.
  • If the coach wants to make the basketball drill more difficult and cause the players to think they can call out switch and the players have to switch who is bouncing and tossing.


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