The tennis ball basketball handling drill combines four different dribbling moves. You must do these moves in a certain order as well, so it trains the players to have to think while they are doing the drill. Basketball drills like this are great for keeping the players mentally engaged during a workout.
It isn’t enough for a player to just be able to dribble the ball; they must also read the defense and make the correct play. That is why this basketball dribbling drill has specific moves that must be done and in a certain order. Also, making one of the players bounce the ball while the other tosses it makes the drill that much more difficult.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Partner Tennis Ball Toss/Bounce Rhythm Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs, 2 tennis balls, and a partner.
Similar Basketball Drills and Resources
- Partner Tennis Ball Toss Crossover Basketball Drill
- Partner Tennis Ball Toss Between the Legs Basketball Drill
- Partner Tennis Ball Toss Behind the Back Basketball Drill
Goals of the Drill
- Develop good hands and work on your ball handling moves.
- Make sure you know which player is bouncing and which is tossing the tennis ball.
- Make your move quickly so that you have time to catch the tennis ball.
- Stay low in an athletic stance and don’t raise up when doing the drill.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Both players will start with a basketball in their right hand and a tennis ball in their left.
- They are then going to face each other about 8 feet apart.
- Both players will dribble the basketballs simultaneously, and at the same time, one player will toss the tennis ball to their partner, and the other will bounce it (decide before the drill which player does what).
- While the tennis ball is in the air, the players will cross the basketball over to their other hand and then catch the tennis ball with their right hand.
- There will be four different moves that the players are going to do, and in this order; crossover, between the legs, behind the back, and reverse between the legs.
- All the moves are done twice in a row (one with each hand).
- Continue going through all the moves in a row for 45-60 seconds and switch halfway through which player bounces and which tosses the tennis balls.
- To make the drill more difficult, the coach can call out switch, and now the players have to immediately switch which player is bouncing and which is tossing the tennis balls.