Change Direction Transition Basketball Dribbling Drill

Change Direction Transition Basketball Dribbling Drill


Being able to handle the basketball on the run is a completely different feeling from stationary ball handling. You have to be able to make quick moves while still controlling your body and the basketball and accounting for defenders.

This basketball dribbling drill will work on handling the basketball at a high speed and changing directions on a dime. This basketball drill aims to prepare the ball handler for a transition situation where they are looking to get the ball up the floor quickly with the dribble.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Change Direction Transition Basketball Dribbling Drill

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Work on handling the basketball and making a change of direction moves at a high speed.


Coaching Points

  • Stay low in an athletic stance, and don’t raise up when you make the move.
  • Do your best to stay under control, but get out of your comfort zone and push yourself to go fast.
  • It is okay to mess up and lose the ball. That is how you are going to get used to making the move at a high speed.
  • Do not use the same move twice in a row.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • The player is going to start with the basketball on either baseline.
  • They will take two speed-dribbles and then make a change of direction move (crossover, behind the back, between the legs, or reverse between the legs) and then immediately attack two dribbles with their other hand before making another change of direction move.
  • Continue this pattern all the way down the floor.
  • Repeat 4 times full court.


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