Basketball is a game that requires players to be able to change pace, and the better a player can do that, the harder they will be to guard. This is especially true when they are handling the basketball. A player that can lull the defender into a false sense of security with a slower dribble before attacking and blowing by them at full speed will create a ton of driving angles.
Once the driving angle is created, they will be able to score themselves or set up a teammate. This ball handling basketball drill is going to work on this exact situation. It will allow the player to set up the defender with a casual first move (making them think they are safe) and then blow by them with a second move.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Moving Slow to Fast Between the Legs Crossover Basketball Dribbling Drill
Equipment Needed: One basketball.
Similar Basketball Drills and Resources
- Slow to Fast Between the Legs Behind the Back Dribbling Drill
- Slow to Fast Behind the Back Crossover Drill
Goals of the Drill
- Work on setting up the defender with a slower dribble move before blowing by them with a second dribble move.
- Work on the between the legs crossover move.
- Develop the player’s ability to change speeds while making dribble penetration moves.
- Improve a player’s overall ball handling and point guard skills.
- The player needs to maintain an athletic stance throughout the moves. Watch the player’s hips and head. If they are bobbing up and down, they are raising up out of an athletic stance.
- On a scale of 0-10, the player’s first move should be at about a speed of 3, and their second move will be a full speed of 10.
- As much as this is a basketball drill to work on changing speeds, it is also an excellent drill for players to develop their overall ball-handling, so make sure that players are staying sharp with their moves, keeping their eyes up, and pushing themselves.
- A great way to help players execute this move is to have them visualize a defender in front of them. So challenge your players to visualize setting up their defender each time.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The player will start on the baseline with the basketball.
- When the drill starts, they will begin dribbling the basketball.
- While moving forward, they will execute a between the legs move at about 30% speed.
- They will then snap it back over in front with a crossover speed at 100% speed.
- The player will continue this pattern forward, focusing on changing up speeds and executing the same move.
- After the desired amount of reps or distance, the player will reset and then execute the move starting with the other hand.
Recommended Time, Steps, Scoring, Repetitions
- Have the player do this starting from the baseline and finishing at the half-court line. At this point, they will turn around and come back, but this time, execute the move starting with the other hand.
- You could also set the drill for a specific number of repetitions moving forward or for a set amount of time; usually, 30 seconds for each hand is a reasonable amount of time.
- If space is limited, have the player do the drill to the free-throw line, then dribble back using crossovers and start again with the other hand.
Moving Slow to Fast Between the Legs Crossover Basketball Dribbling Drill Conclusion
Dribble penetration shouldn’t be the only aspect of your team’s offense, but having players that can create driving angles against the defense adds a lot of value to an offense, especially if they are also unselfish. If you have 3 or 4 players on the floor who can get paint touches and create for each other, you will be challenging to guard.
Use this change of pace dribbling drill with your team and create ball handlers that are difficult to guard. As your players continue to understand the change of pace, they will become more difficult to defend.