Handling the basketball is the name of the game. Without knowing how to do it, you can’t move around the court with the ball in your hands. You may have a good shooting range, or can make precise bullet passes, but if you don’t have ample handling skills, you’re still no good to your team. Listed below are some drills that you can do to help you be to an excellent ball handler with only 7 (seven) minutes of practice a day.
- Spider dribbling. Squat with your legs apart approximately your shoulder width. Place the basketball between your legs around 8-10 inches above the ground. Drop the ball. Catch it with your right hand and dribble it. Catch it with your left hand and dribble it. Catch it with your right hand, this time with your hand behind your right leg. Do the same with the other hand. Repeat this exercise in continuously without any break for one minute.
- Slap the ball. Hold the ball in front of your face using your two hands. Pass the ball, by slapping it, from one hand to another. Do this continuously for one minute.
- Around the world. Stand up straight. Bow down and hold the ball in front of your legs. Circle the ball around your legs, then around your waist, then around your head. After you finish doing this, circle the ball in inverse order, that is, first around your head, then around your waist, then around you legs. Do this continuously for one minute.
- Figure 8 dribbling. Squat with your legs spread apart a little more than shoulder width. Dribble the ball using your right hand around your right leg, then with your left hand around your left leg. Your objective is to dribble the ball in a figure 8 motion around your legs. Do it for a minute. After you finish doing this, you reverse the direction of the figure 8 for another minute. Dribble the ball as low and as fast as possible all throughout the exercise.
- Twister. Hold the ball between your legs using both your hand, with your left hand at the back and your right hand in front. Switch your left hand with your right hand without the ball hitting the ground. Do this as many times as you can for one minute.
- Rock the ball. Stand up straight with your legs spread apart a little more than shoulder width. Hold the ball in front of you using your both hands. Dribble the ball between your legs (from front to back), and catch it at the back with your both hands. Now that you’re holding the ball at your back, dribble it again between your legs (from back to front). Repeat the whole process for one minute.
Who said that it requires a whole day of training, seven days a week, to be a good ball handler? The truth is you only need seven minutes of your day to complete these drills, and be an elite basketball player that you’ve always dreamt of. Start practicing, and achieve your ambition to be a basketball star.