Resistance Band Retreat Dribble Basketball Drill

Resistance Band Retreat Dribble Basketball Drill


This is a great basketball resistance drill because it will work on a specific basketball movement that a player will use during the course of a game. The move will mainly be used by a primary ball-handler, and the move is called the retreat dribble. This move is used when the ball handler makes a move up the floor off the dribble but realizes that they don’t really have anywhere to go with the ball or that there is a trap waiting for them. They will quickly retreat, dribble, and then look for a different lane to attack.

The key to this move is really getting space on the retreat dribble and then exploding past the defender. This basketball training video will show you the correct way to do the move so that you can really excel at it. Add this resistance band workout to your basketball training plan and become more explosive with your movements and ball handling.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Resistance Band Retreat Dribble Basketball Drill

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball, a resistance band, a partner, and 4-5 chairs.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Work on being explosive off of the dribble and getting more space on the retreat dribble.


Coaching Points

  • Stay low the entire time, and don’t raise up out of your dribble stance when you make the move.
  • Try to get as much ground as you can on the retreat dribble, and then be explosive as you make your move forward.
  • Keep your eyes up the entire time, and practice seeing the floor.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • Set up 4-5 chairs in a line but staggered about 4-5 feet apart.
  • Place the resistance band around the player’s waist and have the partner hold the other end of it.
  • The player will begin dribbling at the chair with the ball in their outside hand.
  • They are going to get even with the chair and then take two hard retreat dribbles.
  • After the second retreat dribble, they will make a change of direction move (crossover or between the legs) and attack the next chair.
  • Repeat this all the way up the chairs.


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