To become a strong, confident ball-handler, players must develop their basketball dribbling skills equally with both hands. This two ball basketball dribbling drill will challenge players to push beyond their comfort zone. It will also work on speed, control, and being comfortable handling the basketball in any situation. The addition of a second basketball, while completing the reverse between the legs behind the back combination move with the other, will enable players to really improve their handles.
As basketball players continue to advance and play against better competition, it will be essential for them to dribble effectively with both hands. If a good defender senses that a player is not as strong with one hand, they will exploit this weakness. Additionally, the ability to execute a second change of direction move immediately after the first will allow players to create separation from their defense. Once a player can create separation, they will, hopefully, be able to produce a scoring opportunity for themselves or a teammate. This basketball drill will allow players to work on all of these skills.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Reverse Between the Legs Behind the Back Two Ball Basketball Dribbling Drill
Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on ball handling and developing both hands.
- Work on the reverse between the legs behind the back dribble move.
- Players need to use their fingers to pound the ball hard with each dribble.
- Challenge players to keep their eyes up and continue to increase speed. Players should turn the ball over 2-3 times if they are pushing beyond their comfort zone.
- Maintain a low, athletic stance throughout the drill (typically 30 seconds in each direction). Players should try to keep their hips low and not move up and down with their body as they execute the combination move and crossover dribbles.
- Work to keep the reverse between the legs behind the back dribble sequence low, tight, and quick. Focus on the reception of the ball from the first move (reverse between the legs) into the second move (behind the back). Make sure the ball is received cleanly from one hand to the other.
- Encourage players to keep the crossover dribbles in front of their body, to be tight, quick, and below their knees.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The player will start in an athletic stance with a basketball in each hand.
- The player will take one stationary dribble with their left hand (ball 1) and then do a reverse between their legs dribble to establish timing. While the reverse between the legs dribble is going from left hand to right hand, the ball that began in the player’s right hand (ball 2) will be crossed over in front to their left hand.
- As soon as the reverse between the legs dribble is completed (ball 1) and is received into the player’s right hand, they will immediately execute a behind the back dribble to get it (ball 1) back to their left hand. Simultaneously, they will be making a crossover dribble with the other basketball (ball 2) to get it from their left hand back to their right.
- The player will essentially make two basketball crossover dribbles in front (ball 2) while completing the reverse between the legs, behind the back combination move (ball 1).
- Continue this sequence of dribbling move for the desired amount of time, then switch the direction of the reverse between the legs dribble and which hand starts the move.
Recommended Time, Scoring, and Repetitions
- The recommended time for this stationary ball handling basketball drill will be a total of 60 seconds, 30 seconds for each direction of the combination move. After completing the moves in one direction for 30 seconds, the player can take a brief break before completing the same drill and ball-handling sequence in the other direction (beginning with the opposite hand) for 30 seconds.
- To vary the drill, you could have players change the sequence and type of combination moves being executed, or you could add or reduce time.
- Another way to modify the drill would be to have the players pass the ball (ball 2) across their body to switch from one hand to the other, rather than executing a crossover dribble with that basketball. Therefore, the players would still be making the ball-handling combination move with ball 1, passing ball 2 across from one hand to the other, rather than dribbling it.
- If needed, for players to regain rhythm or work up to the complexity of the drill, the player can add in 1-3 stationary dribbles between combination moves.
Reverse Between the Legs Behind the Back Two Ball Basketball Dribbling Drill Conclusion
This two ball basketball dribbling drill will help players work on ball handling speed, coordination, and developing both hands simultaneously. Adding a second basketball while completing the combination moves will challenge good ball handlers to become great. This ball handling basketball drill will focus on the reverse between the legs behind the back combination move.
The time, effort, and commitment made by players, whether it’s in the gym, outside, or on their own, will help develop their confidence with the basketball in their hands. This basketball drill will help players work on their ball handling, reception of the dribble, and control with the basketball; they will also improve their athletic stance, timing, and court vision.