Basketball Ball Handling Drills

Improve your ball control with our 8 Basketball Ball Handling Drills. Each drill has a video demonstration, organisational instructions and coaching points.

Control your Moves

The aim is to improve control and handling, dribbling. The player starts by dribbling forward 3 to 5 bounces. On the last bounce the player stops, catches the ball in front of them, making sure their knees are bent and feet are parallel to each other.

Make an 8

The aim is to improve control and handling, dribbling. Player begins with feet apart, and leans to the right. Starting outside their right leg they dribble the ball with their right hand, the player must then lean to the left and dribble with the left hand.

Around the Body

The aim is to improve control and handling. The player starts with the ball in above their head and circles the ball clockwise around their neck, down to the waist, knees, and then ankles.

Scissor 2

The aim is to improve control, dribbling and handling. Player starts bent over, low to the ground, knees slightly bent, and toes pointing straight ahead. Player moves their legs forward and backward alternately.

Quick Hands, Lazy Legs

The aim is to improve control, dribbling and handling. Player starts by sitting down on the floor with their legs spread wide apart. Player alternately slaps the ball between their left and right hands.

Flip, don't drop

The aim is to improve control and handling. Player crouches over with their knees bent, feet shoulder width apart, with both hands behind their legs, holding the ball. The player then flips the ball forward and up, brings their arms in front of their legs and catches the ball with arms outstretched.

The Slapper

The aim is to improve control and handling. The player holds the ball in their right hand with their fingers spread, and slaps the ball hard with their left hand. Repeat the process in the left hand and slapping with the right.

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