How to Dribble a Basketball
The Dribbling Pocket is very important during the initial stages of teaching a player how to dribble a basketball. The dribbling pocket allows a player to walk, run and sprint while dribbling the basketball without fear of kicking the ball (Photo Source: squdgee)

How to Dribble a Basketball

When teaching players How to Dribble a Basketball there are some core instruction points to help with the uptake of the skill. Instructing players in how to dribble a basketball if approached focusing too much on the fundamental movements will only confuse, delay development and can have effect of disenchanting a players enjoyment of the game.

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Defence off the Ball: When to Steal
When facing down the floor a player can react much quicker and have a better chance of avoiding a possible stealing situation. It is this break in vision that makes the spin move vulnerable to a possible steal (Photo Source: kowarski)

Defence off the Ball: When to Steal

The Steal like Shot Blocking is one of the most poorly understood skills in the game of basketball. Within the rules, but very rarely ever seen to be taught. The steal has the ability to change a game, swing momentum and frustrate an opposition. Ninety percent of the challenge behind stealing a ball comes down to being in the right place at the right time,

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Advancing the Ball out of the Backcourt with Speed
Good spacing makes passing over the defence all the more easier. This can help move the ball out of the backcourt at pace. (Photo Source: JayBe)

Advancing the Ball out of the Backcourt with Speed

The Backcourt is the no-man’s land for an offense. Scoring passes very rarely originate from this area and if anything, this area of the court serves more as a heightened place of anxiety and nerves. Being stuck in the backcourt for a player without a clear idea of what to do is a recipe for disaster.

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1 v 1 Speed Dribble Drill
1 v 1 Speed Dribble Drill Diagram 1

1 v 1 Speed Dribble Drill

The 1 v 1 Speed Dribble Drill is a simple, yet effective activity for helping players to develop their own ability to advance a ball up the court at pace. Too often players struggle to control the basketball when dribbling once they achieve a certain speed. By practicing this technique within the 1 v 1 Speed Dribble Drill players will develop more confidence and competence in performing this very under-trained skill.

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Why Do My Players Continue to Miss Lay-ups?
Poor exposure of players to a variety of angles in which to practice their lay-up will lead to a limited development of the skill and a lack of ability to convert in games (Photo Source: Wm Chamberlain)

Why Do My Players Continue to Miss Lay-ups?

The Lay-up is one of the most widely used skills in basketball. For most players this is their very first technique learnt when attempting to score. The lay-up forms one of the most fundamental skills developed in basketball and so therefore it is often seen as a point of frustration when junior,

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