Any player or position can do tennis ball basketball dribbling drills. Whether you handle the basketball in the game or not, these basketball drills help build soft hands and hand-eye coordination.
Big men can also do this drill to help develop their hands. For post players, having good hands is crucial for catching and finishing. Also, with basketball becoming more and more positionless, big men should be able to handle the basketball at least a little bit. Whether it is as a pressure release in a press or taking a couple of dribbles to find an outlet passing lane, working on basketball dribbling drills will also benefit post players.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Progression Toss Crossover Walking Tennis Ball Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and 1 tennis ball.
Similar Basketball Drills and Resources
- Crossovers Walking Basketball Dribbling Drill (2 Ball)
- Cross Toss Tennis Ball Basketball Drill (Stationary)
- Partner Tennis Ball Toss Crossover Basketball Drill
Goals of the Drill
- Develop good hand-eye coordination and work on your dribbling.
- Be in an athletic position the whole time.
- Push yourself beyond your comfort zone.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The basketball is going to be in one hand and the tennis ball in the other.
- Take 1-3 dribbles with the basketball (depending on the player’s level) while moving forward, toss the tennis ball up in the air, cross the basketball over, and catch the tennis ball with the hand that just crossed over.
- Continue this while walking down the floor, take 1-3 dribbles between each crossover, and alternate hands each time.
- Once you reach the other baseline, you will do the same thing back, but this time you are going to do it while moving backward.