Push Between the Legs Dribble Basketball Drill

Push Between the Legs Dribble Basketball Drill


This one ball basketball dribbling drill will help you practice being able to back dribble out of potentially dangerous situations. One of the best ways to prevent turning the basketball over is to keep yourself out of places on the floor where you can be trapped or where there is a lot of congestion. As a ball-handler, if you can quickly recognize those situations and then avoid them, you will save yourself a lot of trouble. This basketball dribbling drill is designed to give you a way to get out of high potential turnover areas.

A great example of this would be coming off a ball screen where the post defender is hard hedging or trapping. You don’t want to dribble right into the post defender. Instead, you want to use the screen and then push dribble out, so they have to extend farther out, then you can get the angle on them and drive the ball or pass to an open teammate. When doing basketball drills like this, it is key to make sure you understand when to use the move in a game.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Push Between the Legs 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 between their legs 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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