Push Behind the Back Dribble Basketball Drill

Push Behind the Back Dribble Basketball Drill


There are certain situations that you want to stay out of when you are handling the basketball. For example, if you are coming off a ball screen and see that the ball screen defender will trap or hedge out hard, you don’t want to get caught in the trap. Or if you are bringing the ball up the floor and you see that the defense is coming to trap you.

In both of these situations, you need to quickly be able to retreat, dribble, and then attack at a different angle to get by the defender. That is exactly what this one ball basketball dribbling drill will help you work on. It will teach you how to retreat dribble out of a trap situation using a behind the back move.

As you do this basketball dribbling drill, focus on having a quick dribble, covering space, and being under control so that you can change direction quickly. It will also be important to keep your eyes up the whole time so that you can see the floor and see open teammates. This basketball drill is a must for players who handle the basketball a lot during a game.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Push Behind the Back Dribble Basketball Drill

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and a partner.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Develop your handles and work on the push dribble move.


Coaching Points

  • Keep your eyes up the whole time and stay in an athletic dribble stance.
  • Be balanced and able to quickly change direction without having to hesitate.
  • Get as much space as you can on the push dribble.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • The player will start standing sideways on the baseline with a basketball in their hand that is facing up the floor.
  • When the drill starts, the player will begin dribbling the basketball up the floor with a push-dribble and sliding laterally as they do.
  • At any time, the partner can give the command to change direction, and when they do, the player must dribble the basketball behind their back and then begin push-dribbling in the opposite direction.
  • The partner will continue to call out change but will let the player gradually reach the other baseline, and when they do, the drill is over.


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