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Basketball Ball Handling Drills - 5 minute circle

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This drill, devised by the great Pistol Pete Maravich is an excellent drill for developing ball-handling and dribbling skills. It improves your dribbling quickness, helps keep your handle when being closely guarded, and also improves your endurance and conditioning.


For this drill, all you need is a basketball and a circle to dribble in. (ie. free-throw or half-court circle). For anywhere from three to five minutes you dribble in the circle using all dribbling moves that you know of, ie. crossover, behind the back, spin, change of pace, under the legs, inside out, etc.)

Do not leave the circle and do this drill as rapidly as possible without rushing. Start one day at three minutes and add a minute everyday until you can reach five. You should feel tired after completing this drill.

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Do this drill as rapidly as possible with out rushing. It will help to make you a better ball handler, and will increase your repertoire of moves.


For an extra challenge try doing this drill blindfolded. You can also go against a partner and have him play defense. This is an excellent variation if you want to learn how to protect your dribble better.


Dribbling and Ball-Handling


This basketball drill is licensed under a Creative Commons License. This drill is from Pål Degerstrøm at www.degerstrom.com/basketball.

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