Being able to handle the basketball with your eyes up on the move, seeing the floor, and reading the defense all at the same time is something that takes practice. If you are constantly having to think about the basketball that you are dribbling or looking down at the ball, you will not be able to do this.
This partner tennis ball basketball dribbling drill is designed to make it so that you can dribble the basketball while focusing on the tennis ball. The goal is to make the basketball an extension of your body and to make it so that you can focus on other things than dribbling. With this basketball drill, you will also work on your hand-eye coordination, so if you have a big man who needs to work on his hands, this basketball dribbling drill works great for that as well.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Walking Partner Tennis Ball Toss In and Out Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs, 2 tennis balls, and a partner.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on dribbling a basketball with your eyes up and develop your hand-eye coordination.
- Stay low the whole time, and keep your dribble tight to your body.
- Dribble the basketball as hard as you can.
- Give your partner a good toss with the tennis ball.
- One player will have to toss the tennis ball a little higher, and to make it easier; the players should say 1,2,3 toss.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Each player is going to start with a basketball and a tennis ball.
- One player will be on the baseline facing forward, and the other player will be 3-4 feet away facing that player.
- Both players must have the basketball on the same side.
- They will both start dribbling the basketball doing an in and out move and walking down the court.
- At the same time, they will toss the tennis ball to each other and then catch their partner’s tennis ball.
- Continue this all the way down the floor, switch which hand has the basketball in it, and then come back.