How To Improve Basketball Dribbling Speed and Agility

Learning how to dribble a basketball is one thing, and having the ability to dribble it with speed and agility is another thing. One will easily notice that the best basketball players in the world, like Lebron James and Kobe Bryant, possess inhuman prowess in dribbling the ball with speed and agility. Of course, they did not acquire such a skill in an instant. It requires constant and continuous practice and training over a long period of time. So if you want to be a basketball superstar, get your butt off your couch, and start practicing these drills.

  • Run. Like in any other sport, the most basic of all basketball drills is simply to run. Try to get a 5-km run at least thrice a week. Not only will this improve your stamina, but also this will help you move faster and improve you speed as you continue doing it over a period of time
  • Planting Rice. Position yourself underneath a basketball ring. This will be known as your original position all throughout the drill. Run as fast as you can towards the free throw line. Touch the ground. Then run back to your original position. Touch the ground. Then run as fast as you can towards the half court. Touch the ground. Then run back to your original position. Touch the ground. Then run as fast as you can at the free throw line at the other side of the court. Touch the ground. Then run back to your original position. Touch the ground. Then sprint towards the other end of the court. Touch the ground. Then run back to your original position. You may want to alternate using your right and left hand each time you touch the ground. Set your stopwatch at 2 minutes (you may increase this as you progress). Find out at how many times you’ll be able to repeat this entire routine for two minutes.
  • Spider Dribbling. Squat as if you are sitting on a chair with your legs apart (without the chair, of course). Hold the ball between your legs around 8-10 inches above the ground. Start your routine by dribbling the ball using your right hand, then with your left hand. Do these first two dribbles with your hands placed in front of your legs. Then dribble the ball using your right hand again, then with your left hand, but this time, with your hands behind your legs. Strive to maintain the ball only in one spot during the entire exercise. Perform this routine in a continuous process for two minutes. Do as many as you can within the time given.
  • Figure 8 Drill. The main objective of this drill is to be able to dribble the ball in a figure 8 motion around your both legs. The first thing that you have to do is to spread your legs apart in a standing position. Then bend both your knees. Dribble the ball around your right leg first, then around your other leg. Do this routine continuously until you form a figure 8 motion. The faster and the lower you dribble the ball, the better.


Keep on doing these drills, and you’ll be a basketball phenom in no time.

 

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