Doing multiple things at the same time, like dribbling the basketball and tossing/catching a tennis ball, will really build up your hand-eye coordination. It will also help develop your ball handling and make it so that you can dribble the ball without having to look down at the ball constantly.
This is a more advanced walking partner tennis ball toss drill, but it is perfect for developing your hands, ball handling, communication, and even your thinking and mental toughness. Basketball drills like this will develop mental strength because there are four different moves that you have to do in a specific sequence, and it will make you think about which move is coming up next while you are in the middle of the drill.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Walking Partner Tennis Ball Toss Rhythm Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs, 2 tennis balls, and a partner.
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Goals of the Drill
- Develop your ball handling, hand-eye coordination, communication, and mental strength.
- Focus on giving your partner a good toss each time.
- Make your move as quickly as you can so that you have more time to catch the tennis ball.
- Keep your dribble low and tight to your body.
- Communicating with your partner makes this drill a lot easier.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- One player will start on the baseline, and the other player will star 4-5 feet back facing that player.
- Both players will start with the basketball in their right hands and tennis balls in their left hand.
- They will both start to dribble the basketballs, and at the same time and moving up the court; they will toss the tennis ball to each other underhanded.
- While the tennis ball is up in the air, they will make a crossover move with the basketball and then catch the tennis ball with the hand that just had the basketball in it.
- Now they will take a dribble or two and repeat the move with opposite hands.
- This is the first move of 4 that they are going to do. The order of the moves is this; crossovers, between the legs, behind the back, and reverse between the legs (do each move twice in a row, so one with each hand).
- Continue this order as you move down the court, and then when you get to the opposite baseline, come back.