Competition Cone Touches Basketball Dribbling Drill

Competition Cone Touches Basketball Dribbling Drill


The cone touches basketball dribbling drill is a great drill because you can combine working on ball handling, conditioning, thinking, and competition all in the same basketball drill. The competition aspect will help push the players to compete harder than they most likely would by themselves.

To be a great ball-handler, you need to be able to dribble the basketball and be able to think and read the defense as well. This one ball basketball dribbling drill will fatigue the ball handler and then make them think while they are tired. It is a really good end of game training because players tend to lose mental focus as they get tired down the stretch of a game.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Competition Cone Touches Basketball Dribbling Drill

Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs, 4 cones, and a partner.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Work on ball handling, conditioning, and thinking while you are tired.


Coaching Points

  • Keep your eyes up and stay low to the ground.
  • Go as quick as you can and remember to count even when you are tired.
  • Push yourself to go as fast as you can.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • Set up 2 cones across from each other on the lane lines.
  • Set up another pair of cones about the same distance apart from each other at the top of the key.
  • The player in the lane will slide laterally in a defensive slide back and forth between the cones.
  • He/she is going to dribble the basketball with the hand in which direction they are sliding.
  • When they reach the cone, they will cross the basketball over and slide in the opposite direction.
  • Player number 2 is going to dribble in a figure 8 motion around the second set of cones.
  • He must stay low, touch each cone, and cross the basketball over to the other hand after going around each cone.
  • Every time a player touches a cone, they will count to themselves, and after the allotted time (between 30-60 seconds), the coach will say stop.
  • The players have to say how many times they touched each cone.
  • Now the players will switch positions (you can give the players 15-20 seconds rest time in between if you want) and repeat the amount of time and add to their total cone touches.
  • The player with the most combined cone touches wins.


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