This drill which takes 5 minutes will allow coaches to teach 5 different dribbling techniques. We use this drill every day to loosen up the legs and work on dribbling skills.
Players are in 3 lines with as many basketballs as are available. Using 1/3 of the court one player in each line begins moving in a zig zag fashion within their 1/3 of the floor using a cross over maneuver each time they change directions.
As soon as the first player in line moves down the court, the next player in line begins. When they reach the opposite end of the court they speed dribble down the side line to return to their line.
If enough basketballs are not available, they will hand the ball to the next player in line and the drill continues. After one minute of the cross over dribble, they will change direction utilizing a behind the back dribble, followed by a through the leg dribble, then a reverse pivot dribble and finally change of pace. In the change of pace dribble run the lines straight down the floor.
Dribbling is an important individual skill. The basics include head up, hand on top of the ball, bend at the knees, finger tip control, dribble ball between the knee and waist. Keep the drill to a short duration allowing one minute for each of the 5 dribbling skills. You will see results in better ball handling fundamentals.
Recently I moved 3 lanes to the opposite end of the court and although there is some over lapping the players are making twice as many trips down court with 6 lanes moving at once. They must keep their heads up so as to not run into someone coming in the opposite direction.
This basketball drill is licensed under a Creative Commons License. This drill is from Pål Degerstrøm at www.degerstrom.com/basketball.