Walking Partner Tennis Ball Toss Behind the Back Basketball Drill

Walking Partner Tennis Ball Toss Behind the Back Basketball Drill


This tennis ball basketball dribbling drill is designed to help you work on your ball handling, hand-eye coordination, and communication. These are all important things in basketball, and whether you are a primary ball-handler or a big man who needs to work on their hands, this is a great basketball drill to use.

If you have never done a partner tennis ball toss drill before, it may be challenging at first, but don’t let it frustrate you. Keep working at the drill, and you will become a better ball handler if you stick with it. The goal is to make you so comfortable dribbling the basketball that you don’t have to think about it while playing in a game and can focus on other things like reading the defense and running the offense.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Walking Partner Tennis Ball Toss Behind the Back Basketball Drill

Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs, 2 tennis balls, and a partner.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Develop your hand-eye coordination, work on ball handling, and communication.


Coaching Points

  • It is okay if you mess up, that is part of basketball dribbling drills and getting out of your comfort zone.
  • Do your best to give your partner a good toss each time and complete your move with the basketball as quickly as possible so that you have more time to catch the tennis ball.
  • If you communicate with your teammate when you will toss the tennis ball, it makes the drill much easier.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • Both players will start with a basketball in their right hand and a tennis ball in their left hand.
  • One player will be on the baseline and the other facing him/her about 4-5 feet away.
  • They will both start dribbling the basketball and moving up the floor.
  • At the same time, both players are going to toss each other their tennis balls.
  • While the tennis balls are still in the air, the players will make a behind the back dribble move and then catch the tennis ball with their free hand (the hand that just had the basketball in it).
  • They will take a dribble or two and then repeat the move with the opposite hand.
  • Continue all the way up the floor and then come back.


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