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Viewing: Ball Handling and Dribbling, Introductory

The following is an excerpt from the USA Basketball Youth Development Guidebook. For more information on the Guidebook,  click here . GENERAL OVERVIEW: Ball-handling and dribbling are of paramount importance. These two skills allow the basketball to be advanced legally throughout the court of...

  • Date:
    May 3, 2012

Dribbling is a repetitive action in which a player uses one hand to bounce the basketball continuously, that is, without interruption, on the court. It ends the moment that continuity ends. Ending Your Dribble The dribble ends the moment you touch the ball simultaneously with both hands or fail to...

Here are a number of important points that will lead to better and more efficient ball handling: 1. Spread the fingers wide and make your hand as big as possible. This gives you more coverage and control on the basketball. It also allows your finger pads to maintain contact with the ball and keeps...

  • Date:
    Jan 28, 2010

An Overview The stop-and-go dribble is a variation of the speed dribble (see my tip, The Speed Dribble). It involves advancing the ball at high speed and, then — without warning — quickly coming to a complete stop. The moment you come to a complete stop, you go. The idea being that this change in...

  • Date:
    Jan 28, 2010

How should you hold the basketball? How you hold the ball depends on how you want to release it. It is generally recommend that you hold the basketball so that you can pass, shoot, or dribble using wrist action. Consequently, at all times, you should hold the ball with the wrists cocked and...

  • Date:
    Jan 28, 2010

When you are being closely guarded anywhere on the court, the shuffle dribble is a very effective way to protect the ball with your body. The instructions in each step are for a player who chooses to dribble with the right hand. Body Stance Step 1. With your feet parallel and roughly shoulder width...

  • Date:
    Jan 28, 2010

An Overview How fast can you run? That is the speed with which you should be able to advance the ball with a dribble. Here is an exercise to help you develop this ability. This exercise involves dribbling the length of the court with one hand and, then, dribbling back with the other. In essence,...

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