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Basketball Skill Development Drills - The Count von Count

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The purpose of this basketball drill is to enhance each player's dribbling ability. Many players, especially young and/or tall ones, lack a good ball handling and dribbling control when forced to keep the head up and the eyes off the ball. The drill takes only a few minutes and demonstrate visible improvements within a short period of time.


Two players of equal dribbling ability form a pair.

You need a lot of space, so use the whole gym.

One player gets the ball and starts dribbling with the strong hand.

The other player is moving back- and sideways while holding his hands high over his head (the higher the better), forming numbers.

The player dribbling has to add the numbers of both hands and scream out loud the result.

The player showing the numbers starts doing cuts to the side or the front.

The player dribbling should try to constantly keep a distance of app. 2-3m to the other player.

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The drill should not be used as a warm-up drill.

The player dribbling is allowed to use the free hand for one or two dribbles when performing a sharp cut.

The numbers should be shouted out constantly, not just when they are changing to keep the eyes fixed on the hands at all times.

The coach should monitor whether the player not dribbling is still moving fast enough, performing cuts, (especially towards the dribbler), and keeps changing the numbers a lot.

The exercise is very tiring, so make sure to change the ball possession every 45 seconds.


Use the weak hand for Dribbling.

Start moving around the hands showing numbers.

Team up a strong with a weak player, it always motivating to see a player considered better then you losing the ball on your cuts while trying to beat his cuts afterwards.

Team up a fast with slow player but good dribbler.


Keeping eyes off the ball while dribbling


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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