Tennis ball basketball dribbling drills work on your eye-hand coordination as well as your ball handling. To be a great ball-handler, you need to be able to dribble the ball without having to think about it. If you are too busy thinking about dribbling, you won’t be able to read the defense and find the open man. Basketball dribbling drills like this will help you to focus on the tennis ball so that you can dribble without even thinking about it.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Lane Line Tennis Ball Toss Counter Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball, 1 tennis ball, and a partner.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on eye-hand coordination, ball handling, thinking while dribbling, defensive slide, and conditioning.
- Stay in a low athletic stance as you dribble the ball and slide up and down the lane.
- A big part of this basketball drill is being able to think while you execute it.
- Don’t bring your feet together, and keep your dribble tight.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Start under the basket with the basketball in your hand on the lane line facing your partner who has the tennis ball.
- The person with the tennis ball can throw it 3 different ways; in the air, bounce pass, or roll it on the ground.
- The man with the ball has to catch the tennis ball and return it the same way he got it (if it is rolled, just throw it back underhand to the coach/partner).
- Begin dribbling the basketball with your right hand and slide along the lane line at the same pace as the coach.
- The coach/partner decides how he throws the tennis ball to the ball handler and when he throws the tennis ball.
- The coach is going to throw the tennis ball to the hand that is dribbling the ball.
- While the tennis ball is in the air, the player will switch the basketball over to the other hand with a counter move; cross over, between the legs, behind the back, or reverse between the legs.
- Slide back and forth continuously for a minute.