This is a great basketball dribbling drill for younger players who have trouble keeping their eyes up while dribbling the ball. By tossing the tennis ball back and forth with a partner, you force yourself to keep your eyes up. Also, adding the element of moving forward or backward makes it that much more difficult.
This is not just a basketball drill for younger players, though, because it can be used as a refresher for good ball handlers or also a way to improve a player’s hand-eye coordination. A lot of post players struggle with having good hands and catching the ball in the post. The walking partner tennis ball toss drill will help them improve their hands and develop soft hands.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Walking Partner Tennis Ball Toss Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs, 2 tennis balls, and a partner.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on ball handling, developing soft hands, and improving hand-eye coordination.
- Make sure the players stay in a low athletic stance.
- Focus on a good toss each time.
- Be sharp with your moves.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Both players are going to need a tennis ball and a basketball.
- One of the players will stand on the baseline facing forward, and the other will stand 3-4 feet back facing the player.
- The basketballs must be on the same side as each other.
- Now the players are going to begin dribbling the basketball and moving down the court.
- At the same time, they will toss the tennis balls to each other and then catch them.
- They will continue tossing and catching the tennis balls all the way down the floor to the other baseline.
- Once they get there, they will switch the basketballs to their other hand and then come back doing the same thing.