The Key to a Becoming a Better Basketball Player
Last week we discussed 3 steps how parents can make their child a
a better player.
The next question is where to begin.
We start with ballhandling drills.
This includes dribbling, passing, and receiving. Let’s start with dribbling as the first ballhandling skill.
For younger players, some coaches may start with footwork such basic running, hopping, skipping, and changes in direction.
Before we move forward with the dribbling drills, we do have ballhandling
warmup time where the players perform such drills as:
- figure eights
- around the world or candy cane
- ball slaps
- fingertip drills
- ball pound
We will cover each of these in subsequent posts.
For dribbling, make sure the players use the fingertips to the pads of the fingers, but not the palms.
This is important because we dribble, catch, and shoot with this part of our hand.
Next, have them bend their knees as if they are sitting in a chair with feet facing forward.
Their backs should be straight which allows them to keep their heads up.
Reminder: Try not to let them bend their backs.
The players need to bounce the ball off the floor by snapping of their wrists, but make to not “smack” the ball.
Players should dribble just off the side of their toe with the ball bouncing no higher than their knees.
Make sure they dribble with each hand, spending more time on the weaker hand.
If they are older or experienced player have them do the Isiah 7 drill. Here’s the link to drill: http://www.bestyouthhoops.com/2012/03/02/7-easy-steps-to-becoming-a-top-dribbler/