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Basketball Skill Development Drills - 6 Cone Dribble Enhancement Drill

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Six cones are set up in two lines of three. These lines are exactly parallel to each other and are approximately ten feet apart. You can set this drill up along the sidelines or on a stage as we do.


Start at the far right corner of this cone setup. The player dribbles at the first cone (the cone opposite them) as fast as they can. The ball is in the right hand. Once they reach the cone, they touch the cone with their left hand. Now, they dribble backwards toward the cone that they started by keeping the left hand up to protect the ball, their body angled to protect the ball and their head up simulating seeing the post and/or floor. Once they get to the next cone, they touch this cone with their left hand as well. Now they make a low crossover dribble putting the ball into the left hand. They proceed to dribble at the center cone, opposite line, as fast as they can. When they reach this cone, they touch the cone with their right hand. They proceed to dribble backwards toward the opposite line center cone keeping their right hand up. When they reach the center cone, they touch it with their right hand. Now, they use a low crossover dribble placing te ball into their right hand and dribble to the last cone in the opposite line. You continue this sequence until the player is back at the cone that was at the base of their feet when they started.

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This drill not only is a great ball handling drill, but also, it is a great cardiovascular drill.

You must watch to ensure that the dribbler is keeping their head up. Often they want to look down for the cone that they are dribbling backwards toward.

They will, at times, knock over a cone.

When you rotate a player off of the floor to get a drink, it is sometimes a good time to have them do this drill.


We call this a guard drill but, in reality, it is a great drill for forwards and post player as well.

Have your players use a 'big ball' when doing this drill.


Guard penetration with their head up to see the post and the floor.


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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