If you are a beginner you are in the right place. Our drills listed below will help your dribbling skills improve. Do not be discouraged if you think being a beginner is embarrassing, there’s a first time for everything right? Just grind and be consistent on what you do. We provide the list of basketball dribbling drills for beginners like you. If you are motivated already, let’s start practicing these drills!
1. Ball Slaps
Slap the ball from one hand to the other. This is a drill to get your hands ready for the workout, this is the stretching exercise for dribbling drills.
2. Wraps around waist
Wrap the ball around your waist, do it counterclockwise first and vice versa. Make sure it won’t touch the ground
3. Wrap around Ankle
Wrap the ball around your lower legs/ankles, do it counterclockwise and vice versa. Do not drop the ball while u do this.
4. Wraps around head
Wrap the ball into your head, do it counterclockwise first and vice versa.
5. Wraps around left leg
Starting with your left leg in front and your right leg back, wrap the ball around only your left leg. Make sure not to drop the ball.
6. Wraps around right leg
Starting with your right leg in front and your left leg back, wrap the ball around only your right leg. Make sure not to drop the ball.
7. Spider Dribble
Start with your knees shoulder width apart and bent. The ball should stay underneath you the entire time of the drill. Start dribbling in front, dribble the ball with your right hand, then your left hand, then reach your right hand around behind your knee for a dribble, and then your left hand behind your knee for a dribble, and then back to your right hand in front. The ball and your hands should continually dribble, this drill will practice your speed in changing your hands while dribbling.
8. Dribble around right leg
Start in a wide stance. Keep the ball low to the ground, dribble the ball around your right leg only and using your right hand only
9. Dribble around left leg
Start in a wide stance. Keep the ball low to the ground, dribble the ball around your left leg only and using your left hand only
10. Figure eight dribbling drill
Again starting in a wide stance. Dribble the ball in a figure 8 motion around both legs using both hands. Do it quicker if you can do it quickly.
11. Behind the back dribble
Cross the ball continuously behind your body. Make sure you are crossing wide
12. Crossover dribble
Dribble the ball in front of your body, dribble it from left to right and right to left
13. Wall dribbling
Dribble the ball against the wall using your fingers not palms.
14. Drop ball
Stretch your arms while holding the ball, your arms should point forward, and it should be at head level. Drop the ball and catch it quickly and do not let the ball touch the ground. This will train your speed and agility
15. Pound Dribble – Ankle Height – Right Hand
Dribbling the ball low and should be on the ankle level. Use your right hand only
16. Pound Dribble – Ankle Height – Left Hand
Dribbling the ball low and should be on the ankle level. Use your left hand only
Basketball dribbling tips for beginners
- Make sure to keep your eyes up when dribbling, it will help you to be more alert if there will be incoming defenders
- Dribble the ball as hard as you can
- Dribble the ball using your fingers, not your palm
- Perform the drill as fast as you can
- Do this drills consistently
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