Now that school is out, kids can practice dribbling at home – well only inside the house if you have permission from mom or dad! If not, the driveway will do just fine. Joseph Martinez takes us through some simple dribbling drills that are easy for parents to practice with their children.
The following drills will help parents ensure their children have the opportunity to master the basic dribbling skills. Once mastered, the sky is the limit! Who knows, maybe they’ll be the next R.J. Barrett!
To begin these drills start with a warm up. Circle the basketball around your waist, around your ankles, and then back to your waist. Continue this for about a minute, then switch directions.
Now that your muscles are warmed up, start off with the pound dribble. Martinez warns parents and coaches to not tell players to put their arm up to defend the ball. If players keep their arm up it is much harder to read and react to the defender. Pound dribble with the right hand for about a minute, then switch to the other hand.
Next, practice the cross over dribble. Stand with legs wide, in an athletic stance. Practice crossing the ball over for about 30 seconds. From there, Martinez wants players to cross over with rhythmic movement (i.e. cross over with a skip). When players “dance” with the ball, it allows them to read and react to the defender, as opposed to when they are stiff.
Lastly, if your player/child has mastered all of the above drills, try dribbling back and forth through the legs. Start with dribbling through the right leg for 30 seconds, then switch to the left.
Watch Joseph Martinez go through each drill below!
Quick and easy dribbling drills to do at home!
Warm up – circle the basketball around your waist, around your ankles, then up to your waist and continue for 1 minute, then change directions
Pound dribble – start with the right hand for 1 minute, then switch to the left hand. Teach players to NOT place their arm up to defend the ball, this makes it hard to read their defender.
Cross over – practice for 30 seconds – 1 minute. Then add a rhythmic move (i.e., cross over with a skip). This ensures players aren’t stiff, and teaches them how to read and react to their defender.
Through the legs – Start by dribbling the ball between the right leg for about a minute, then switch to the left leg.