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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.
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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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University of Oklahoma Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Sherri Coale, introduces a tennis ball into stationary and moving ball handling drills. Not only does the tennis ball help improve hand-eye coordination, but it also forces the player to keep his/her eyes off of the basketball. These are great drills to incorporate into your perimeter players’ workouts!
Player Movements: In the first phase of this drill, Coach Coale has each player dribble the basketball in a stationary position with her right hand, while tossing the tennis ball to herself and catching it with her left hand. Next, two teammates face each other. One teammate will dribble the basketball with her right hand, while the other teammate dribbles with her left hand. Those teammates will then play catch with a tennis ball using their free hands while dribbling. Finally, Coach Coale has each player dribble from the baseline to half court with the basketball in the right hand while tossing the tennis ball to herself with the left hand.
After getting halfway through each phase of the drill, players will switch hands with the basketball and tennis ball.
Drill Essentials: It is important for the player to be so focused on the tennis ball that she will not even look down at the basketball. Coach Coale wants each player to pick up the pace and challenge herself once that player begins to feel comfortable doing this.
Drill Tips: In order to see development, Coach Coale believes these ball handling drills should take up five to six minutes of your daily workout. These drills need to be done at a high intensity level.
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In this segment, we visit the home of the 2013 Final Four Shockers from Wichita State to see how Gregg Marshall and his coaching staff improve the ball handling of their guards. This is an excellent short series of two ball drills.
Ball Handling: 2-Ball Drills
Overview: Players are in a line at the free throw line facing half-court, and each player has two basketballs. Coach Marshall likes these drills to be done with heavy basketballs and big basketballs. Players dribble the two balls from the free throw line to half-court, pass back and forth once with a manager, then turn to dribble back to the end of the line. The series concludes with players again starting at the free throw line with two basketballs. They dribble to half court and back with added resistance from a manager.
Player Movements: Each player goes through once each with the heavy balls and the big balls using a same-time speed dribble, and then repeat the drill with an alternating dribble (one goes up, while one goes down).
Drill Essentials: Pound the basketballs, make a good pass – chest height, and receive a good pass.
Drill Tips: Make sure to use a one-handed push pass with their off hand to a manager and to make a one-handed catch with the pass back from the manager. In the resistance part of the drill it is key that the managers place resistance on the player’s shoulder on the dribble to half court and resistance on the player’s waist on the way back to the free throw line.