This tennis ball dribbling drill is great because it mixes 4 moves into one basketball dribbling drill. You also have to be able to think while you are doing this drill. In a game, if you are so focused on dribbling the ball, you will not make the right reads in the game. Great ball handlers make the basketball an extension of themselves and can see cutters and make the right reads on offense.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Progression Walking Rhythm Tennis Ball Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and 1 tennis ball.
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Goals of the Drill
- Learn how to dribble a basketball without looking down at the basketball and work on hand-eye coordination.
- Stay low as you dribble.
- Focus on a good toss when you throw the tennis ball up in the air.
- If you give yourself a good toss and make a quick sharp move, you will have plenty of time to execute your move.
- Make sure that you can execute 3 dribbles between each move before moving onto 2 dribbles and then 1 dribble.
- Get out of your comfort zone, and don’t be afraid to make a mistake and turn the ball over while doing the drill.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- You will do 4 separate moves with 1-3 dribbles in between each move; 2 crossovers, 2 between the legs, 2 behind the back, and then 2 reverse between the legs.
- The goal is to work your way to fewer dribbles in between each move.
- As you do each move, you will toss the tennis ball up in the air and catch it with your other hand.
- Start on the baseline and walk all the way to the other baseline while making the moves and then come back, but this time do the same moves walking backward.