Great defenders in basketball will challenge an offensive player to use their weak hand and push them out of their comfort zone. Therefore, every great ball handler must be able to use both hands when dribbling the basketball effectively. This advanced two ball basketball dribbling drill will work specifically on the reverse between the legs crossover dribble move, but in essence, will work on a player’s overall ball handling.
The addition of the second ball in this basketball dribbling drill increases the difficulty level of the dribbling skills. The more a player is challenged in practice or on their own, the easier the ball handling skill becomes with one basketball. Repetitions build confidence, and the more reps that a player can get with the basketball, or two, in their hands, the more confident they will be in a game situation.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Reverse Between the Legs Crossover 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 equally.
- Increase complexity using the two ball basketball dribbling drill to improve speed and control with the ball.
- Work on the reverse between the legs crossover dribble move.
- Make sure players pound the ball hard with each dribble, no soft dribbles.
- Challenge players to keep their eyes up as they 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. Players need to keep their hips low; head and shoulders should not move up and down as they execute the reverse between the legs and crossover dribbles.
- Work to keep the reverse between the legs crossover sequence low, tight, and quick.
- Focus on the reception of the ball from the first move (reverse between the legs) into the second move (crossover). Fingers should be pointing down toward the floor. Make sure the ball is received cleanly from one hand to the other.
- Encourage players to keep the two crossover dribbles in front tight, quick, and below their knees.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The player will start in an athletic stance with a basketball in each hand.
- To establish timing, the player will take one stationary dribble with their left hand (ball 1) and then do a reverse between the legs dribble (left leg). 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 crossover dribble to get it (ball 1) back to their left hand. Simultaneously, they will be making another 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 (balls 1 and 2) immediately after completing the reverse between the legs move (ball 1).
- Continue this sequence of reverse between the legs, crossover for the desired amount of time, then switch which hand begins the combination 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 beginning with the opposite hand for 30 seconds.
- To vary the basketball drill, you could have players change the sequence and type of combination moves being executed, or you could add or reduce time.
- You could modify the drill by having the players pass one of the basketballs (ball 2) across the front of their body to switch from one hand to the other, rather than executing two crossover dribbles in front with each basketball. Therefore, the player would still be doing the ball-handling combination move with ball 1, passing ball 2 across from one hand to the other, rather than dribbling it.
- If the player is advanced or has mastered the combination ball-handling moves at a high level, you could have them walk forward toward half-court rather than remain stationary with the basketball dribbling drill.
- 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 in between the combination moves.
Reverse Between the Legs Crossover Two Ball Basketball Dribbling Drill Conclusion
Two ball dribbling basketball drills are an excellent tool for any player who wants to challenge themselves to improve and become hard to guard. The addition of a second ball and execution of combination moves increases the complexity and the difficulty of the basketball drill. Players must be able to execute the ball-handling moves, low, tight, and quick, with both of their hands simultaneously, rather than being able to rely on their dominant hand with just one basketball.
Players that are hard to guard will have the ability and confidence to execute combination dribble moves with the basketball, which will allow them to create separation from their defenders. Once a player has developed this poise and control with the basketball, they will no longer be intimidated by the defense or feel pressured; they will become a hard offensive player to guard.