Kelly Amonte Hiller, Head Coach of the Northwestern University women’s lacrosse program, will show you a basic quick stick drill using a rebounder or “punch back.” This drill, with its ability to produce a large number of repetitions, helps players build excellent muscle memory, hand-eye coordination, and flexibility.
Drill Setup: The drill involves one player, a stick, a ball, and the punch back.
Athlete Movement: While approximately 4-6 yards away, the player will throw the ball to the punch back, and it will rebound the ball back to the player. The player will receive the ball, bring the stick and ball to rest near their shoulder without cradling, and continue with the next repetition.
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As Central California’s Top Basketball Trainer, Myron Epps, takes you through a dribbling circuit to develop both quickness and ball handling. Using this circuit will also allow you to work on dribbling the basketball with both hands.
Athlete Movement: The athlete works on the in and out dribble through the agility ladder and agility cones. Moving forward the athlete will go through cones and finishes with the agility ladder and agility cones. Athletes will repeat the same dribble with the opposite hand through the same circuit. Then athletes will go through another circuit with the same setup except this time utilizing the quick crossover.
Gain additional insight from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Aztec Basketball Academy Elite Training – Workout 1.” See how you can learn more Ball Handling / Dribbling Drills.
Sean Miller was the 2014 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, and here he puts his sons through a ball handling drill which involves two basketballs. Using two basketballs forces players to use their weak hand. Coach Miller uses commands during the drill to help players change their dribble.
Keys to the Drill:
Being able to take foot quickness and ball handling, and implementing it into eye hand coordination goes a long long way on the court each season. Myron Epps of the Aztec Basketball Academy takes those important skills and adds multiple ball skills to his foot quickness drills in order to maximize his player’s ability to control the ball in various situations. Turnovers play a huge role in the outcome of a game along with the ability to lead and control an offense. These ball handling agility workouts will help build body control while building essential ball skills at the same time!
Drill Setup: Players move to the wall for their quick dribble reps. They then move to position themselves in front of the coach to execute two ball dribbling abilities.
Athlete Movements: Begin with dribbles moving in and out and then forward and backward, finishing with 15 side-to-side low dribbles and then transitioning to a high dribble. Following that is high low dribbles and figure eight dribbles, which transition into popcorn figure eights. The final phase is the juggling dribble.
Gain additional insight from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Aztec Basketball Academy Elite Training – Workout 1.” See how you can learn more on Ball Handling.
Highly successful Oklahoma Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Sherri Coale, runs players through a two ball dribble drill with the cones. Using this drill will help develop your players’ ball handling ability as well as their shooting ability.
Player Movements: The drill begins with a player doing an alternate dribble with two basketballs towards the first cone. That player will pass the basketball on the outside (right) hand to the coach on the right side of the floor. Immediately after the player passes the first ball, she will cross the second ball over from her left to right hand and attack the rim for a right-handed lay up. That player will then come off the second cone on the block, simulating a pin down screen for a corner 3-point shot on the right side. The corner 3 will come from the same coach, who received the first basketball at the start of the drill.
Coach Coale tweaks the drill at the end of this clip. The drill starts the same way, but instead of going in for a layup, the player will pull up for an elbow jump shot. After shooting the jumper, the player will simulate setting a back screen and will step high for a top of the key 3-point shot.
Drill Setup: Place one cone at the top of the key just about the 3-point line, have a coach with a basketball at the free throw line extended, and put one cone on the block which is on the same side as the coach
Drill Tips: When switching sides, the coach will move to the left side of the floor. The player will pass the ball from the left hand, cross the ball over from right to left, go in for a left-handed layup, and come off a pin down screen for a 3-point shot in the left corner.
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