After your players have mastered the octopus dribbling drill with one basketball, challenge them to this version which involves dribbling with two basketballs! Players, including myself, tend to use their dominant hand to dribble. This drill will force them to practice dribbling with both hands at the same time!
Begin by setting up 5 cones along the three point arc, and 1 underneath the basket. These cones will act as the marker for players to dribble around.
The player will start with 2 basketballs under the net. On your signal, they will dribble both balls at the same time around the first cone, back to the cone under the net, and then to the next cone. The player will continue weaving until they’ve gone around all 5 cones along the arc.
The object of the drill is to complete the course in 25 seconds or less. We do not recommend adding a time component the first time introducing the drill to your athletes.
Alternatively you can divide the players into teams and have them compete against one another. The first team to have all of their players complete the course  and sit in a line will win that round.
Watch the video for further demonstration, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

  • Set up 5 cones around the three point arc, and 1 below the net.
  • One player at a time will dribble will two basketballs from the cone under the net to the first cone and back, and then onto the next cone. Continue for all 5 cones.
  • Once the players fully grasp the drill, challenge them to complete it in 25 seconds or less.
AGE (STAGE)9+ (Learn-to-Train)
EQUIPMENT 2 Basketballs, 6 cones
  • Make it a team competition by splitting the group into at least 2 teams. On your signal, players will go through the circuit one at a time. First team to have all players go through the circuit and sit in a line will win.
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