One of the key elements of coaching basketball is training your players on basic fundamental skills. This drill will help teach your players to handle the ball at high speeds and in game situations.
Purpose of the Dribble Cones Drill
Successful dribbling enables your players to travel across the court and evade opposing players effectively. By incorporating this drill in your basketball practice plan, you're helping your kids become more of an offensive threat.
How the Basketball Drill Works
Prior to practice, set up five cones on the basketball court: one at the opposite baseline, one halfway between half-court and that baseline, one at half-court, one halfway between half-court and the baseline closest to you, and one at the baseline closest to you. This basketball coaching drill has two parts: crossover dribbling and retreat dribbling.
Have your players begin at the baseline cone and dribble at full speed with their dominant hands. After your players pass the second cone, instruct your team to make a crossover dribble and switch the ball to their weak hands. They should continue dribbling with their weak hands until they pass the next cone. Here, they should again make a crossover dribble and switch again to their strong hands. Once your players reach the opposite baseline, they should repeat the drill until they return to their original starting point.
Another way to lead this basketball drill is the retreat dribble and crossover. Instruct your team to dribble to the first cone and then execute a retreat dribble. They should make at least three retreat dribbles backwards. Next, the players are to perform a crossover dribble and resume dribbling to the next cone to repeat the process.
When you lead this drill during your basketball practice, tell your players to keep the following in mind:
*For the crossover dribble drill, try to get past ten cones in thirty seconds.
*For the retreat dribble and crossover version, try to get past six cones in thirty seconds.
*For the behind-the-back dribble variation (see below), try to get past eight cones in thirty seconds.
*Always dribble with confidence and speed.
Variations of this Beginner Basketball Drill
If your players are interested in an advanced version of this drill for basketball, instruct them to try the following:
*The behind-the-back dribble version of this drill is executed the same as the crossover dribble version; however, after the players pass each cone, instruct them to make a behind-the-back, full-speed dribble. This is sure to be challenging for beginning players, so you may want to wait until a few practices into the pre-season before you try this modification.
Basketball drills such as this one are necessary for you to be successful at basketball coaching. By helping your players become more comfortable with dribbling, you will help them to be quicker and more dangerous on the court.