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Basketball Drills - Sideline Dribbling Drills

By James Gels, from the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook, @
If done every practice for 10-15 minutes, these drills can really make a difference in your team's ball-handling and dribbling skills by the end of the season. These skills are the foundation for many of the offensive moves that the player makes with the ball.

Sideline Moves Drill

(See Diagram A) Players pair up along the sideline, and spread out. The first player in each pair dribbles from sideline to sideline right-handed, and then back left-handed. The coach will call out which move he/she wants them to execute at the half way point going across (right-handed), and then again coming back (left-handed). The ball is then passed to the partner, who goes next. Have each player do each of the moves down and back twice before moving onto the next move.

Below are the moves you should work on. You may vary these from day to day. But have them try even the difficult moves... challenge them... even if the ball does end up rolling all over the place!

1. control dribble with change to speed dribble
2. speed dribble with change to control dribble
3. crossover dribble (show video)...
4. in and out move (fake crossover) (show video)...
5. hesitation, rocker step move (show video)...
6. pull back and crossover move
7. step out (sideways) and crossover move
8. through the legs (show video)...
9. behind the back (show video)...
10. spin move (show video)...

See: Dribbling and the video clips of these dribble moves.

Sideline dribbling drills - dribble moves      Sideline dribbling drills - Stutter drill

Stutter Drill

(See Diagram B) Use the same sideline setup as above with partners, or run your entire team, sideline to sideline with this drill.

The players again dribble across right-handed. When reaching about 1/3 across, blow the whistle and they stationary "stutter" dribble with legs pistoning up and down and pounding the dribble hard and low, the player bent over forward at the waist with knees bent. After five seconds whistle again, and they resume dribbling across. When they reach 2/3 across, whistle again and they stationary "stutter" dribble again. Whistle again and they finish across. They pivot and come back, now with the left hand, doing their stutter dribbles at the 1/3 and 2/3 marks again.

After doing this drill a few times, you won't have to blow the whistle... the kids will know where to stop and stutter, and know to stutter for a 5-count before going again.

Helpful DVDs:

Advanced ball-handling/dribbling DVD

Coach's Clipboard Advanced Ball-Handling/Dribbling DVD
with ball-handling and dribbling gurus Ryan Goodson and Corey Rich.

Players... take your ball-handling and dribbling skills to the next level! Ball-handling - dribbling experts Ryan Goodson and Corey Rich take you through 50 advanced ball-handling and one and two-ball dribbling drills, both stationary and on the move drills, some full-court... more info.

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Grassroots Basketball: Perfecting the Art of Ball Handling

Grassroots Basketball: Perfecting the Art of Ball Handling
with Ganon Baker, Nike Basketball Training Specialist, Ambidextrous Shooting Coach, World-renowned Instructor and Clinician. Also with Boo Williams, Legendary Coach, Clinician, and AAU Boys Basketball National Chairman.

"Basketball Evangelist," Ganon Baker, takes his message and passion all over the world. His energy is dedicated to developing basketball skills in young men and women. Baker and Williams teach drills in three segments, starting with form and advancing to speed and contact. As players work on form, they are encouraged to expand their game by moving out of their comfort zone. Improvement is based on the mistakes that come from pushing your game beyond comfortable limits. All of the teaching in this DVD will make kids confident and comfortable... (more info)

Price: $39.99
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Developing the 'Rock': 54 Intense Ball Handling Drills

Developing the 'Rock': 54 Intense Ball Handling Drills
with Ganon Baker, Nike Basketball Training Specialist, Ambidextrous Shooting Coach, and World-renowned Instructor and Clinician. Nobody in the game instructs with more passion than Ganon Baker. His infectious energy and love for the game has made him one of the world's most popular clinicians and instructors. Improving and motivating players through intense drills is his forte. This DVD brings this world-class clinician right into your school, living room or backyard to teach you about ball handling; the "Rock" of any player's game. Strengthening your game with hard work, repetition and use of these drills is an everyday commitment. A total of 54 drills are detailed... (more info)

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