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Figure 8
Start with your legs spread out. now dribble the ball in a figure eight through your legs. The ball should not bounce any higher than 10 inches. SMALL DRIBBLES! Reveres directions.

You need a partner, two basketballs and a tennis ball. Each player dribbles the ball with their strong hand standing still. With the other hand play catch with the tennis ball. Switch hands and dibble with the other hand, once you get the hang of it, try dribbling on the move and passing the the tennis ball.

Double Dribble
Dribble two basketballs at the same time. As you go down the court have both basketballs bounce at the same time. On the way back alternate the basketballs so as one hits the ground the other is in the air.

Super Man Drill
Start on the block with the ball. Bounce the ball off the backboard so it will come down on the other side of the rim. Jump up and catch the ball above your head and make sure your feet land outside the lane. Now do it back the other way. Go back and forth 20 times. Making sure when you land you are outside the lane. Catch the ball above your head.

Bounce Back
Stand with your legs apart holding the basketball in front of you. Bounce the ball through your legs and catch the ball with both hands behind you. Now bounce the ball back through your legs and catch the ball in front of you. Keep bouncing the ball back and forth through the legs ten times each way.

Mikan Drill
Start on the block with a basketball. On the right side shoot the ball with your right hand, now grab the rebound and step to the left side and shoot the ball with your left hand. keep going back and forth until you have made 10 baskets. Make sure your shoot with your left hand on the left side. The ball should never hit the floor. See how fast you can make 10 baskets. And remember make or miss, you always switch sides.

Start with the ball between your legs. Keeping the ball between the legs, dribble with the right hand in front of your legs, then the left hand in front of the legs. Now with the right and behind your legs and then the left hand behind the legs. Every dribble you switch hands. Do this for 1 minute.

Through the legs
Start at the base line. As you walk the the court, dribble the ball through your legs on EVERY step.

One of the best exercises you can do for basketball is jump rope. Note I said jump not skip. Make sure both feet are coming off the floor at the same time.

No rope? Find a line on the floor and jump back and forth over it. Jump on one foot.

Get two friends to swing a rope for you. Now jump the rope and dribble the basketball at the same time.

4 Corners
You need 8 or more players. 4 lines one at each block and one at each corner of the foul line. The player with the ball starts the drill by passing it to his right and cutting diagonally across the lane. He should make sure he cuts on the left side of the line so not to get hit by the pass. The next player passes to the right and cuts. This makes the players think and work on their passing and cutting. One they get the hang of it have them reverse directions.


Put the ball between your feet and grab it with both hands. Start with the left hand behind your left leg and your right hand in front of your right leg. Drop the ball and let it bounce once. Quickly, move your left hand in front of your left leg and your right hand behind your right leg, and catch the ball as it bounces up. Drop it again and switch your hands back to the original position (left behind, right in front) and catch it. Repeat this motion continuously. Ok Now to make it more difficult, try catching the ball before it actually hits the floor!

Put your feet together and make circles around both legs. Then circle around the back. And then circle around the head. Then combine them and move the ball in circles around your head, then down your body, down around your knees, around your ankles, then come back up again.

Start with the right hand and dribble once on the right side. Then dribble the ball in front you, as if you were going to cross over to the left side. Instead of getting it with your left hand, roll your right hand over the top of the ball, and bring it back to the right. Keep dribbling like this: right then cross over V-dribble. Now try it with the left hand.

Confusion Lay - Ups
Confusion Lapps is a fun drill that makes the players keep their heads up when dribbling. This drill takes a full gym with the side baskets. You start with three lines one on each corner of the base line and one under the basket. The players on the corners will dribble diagonally across the court for a lay up. Right handed there and left handed back. The line under the basket will dribble down court to the basket right handed for a lay up and back left handed. The next player goes as soon as the player in front of him takes his lay-up. This this way you will have six player moving at the same time criss crossing each other.


To start this exercise, place your left foot ahead of your right and bounce the ball between your legs from your right to your left hand. As the ball gets to your left hand shift your feet so that your right leg goes ahead of your left and bounce the ball back between your legs. Shift your feet with every bounce.

While doing bent-knee situps, dribble up with your right hand as you sit up, and around your feet, then switch hands to your left as you go back down, and then dribble with your left hand as you sit up, back around your feet, switching back to your right hand. Continue as quickly as possible.

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