Over the last 7 years is the deficiency of ball handling skills in many youth basketball players. A vast majority of youth players can dribble with their dominant (strong) hand, but not with their weak (off) hand.
This ball handling drill forces kids to do two things:
1. Utilize the off (weak) hand
2. Challenge/Develop their coordination
If a player can dribble two basketballs at the same time, he/she will definitely be able to dribble one very well with either hand.
Intermediate: On the Move Two Ball Dribbling Drill – Same as stationary but now player moves with the ball. Begin walking in a straight line to half court and back using pounds or pistons.
Once mastered, increase the pace and begin to jog. Only progress to full-speed ball handling when ready. After the player can do this with ease, begin attempting the crossover, between the legs, and behind the back in a straight line.
ELITE: Players progress to a zig-zag pattern on the move with two basketball. Make sure to plant that outside foot and explode when changing directions. Players can continue to pick up the pace as their skills increase to challenge themselves.
Coaches Tip: This ball handling drill is not meant to be performed at game speed. The focus should be on form and improvement.