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Basketball Dribbling Drills - Ball Handling tips & training for beginners

Updated on August 10, 2012
This is how the Horse Stance appears, when you do it properly, depending on your balance, your height, and other factors of flexibility you may need to create more space or less to perform it correctly.
This is how the Horse Stance appears, when you do it properly, depending on your balance, your height, and other factors of flexibility you may need to create more space or less to perform it correctly.

Dribbling Drills for beginners

  1. Learning how to dribble a basketball takes time and focus.
  2. Learn how to position your body correctly in the Horse Stance Position (Also a martial arts stance, and used in other sports).
  3. To get in the horse stance position - your feet must be at about a foot length more, then a shoulders width apart from one another.
  4. Both legs must be placed at 45 degree angles, so to provide ample support for lateral moves.
  5. Using your finger tips only, you will be sending the ball down to the ground, with up and down continuous fluid motions.
  6. This is done repeatedly so that such a motion can strengthen your forearms.
  7. Repetition is the key to dribbling, but be mindful of not over doing it, balance is also a huge importance, so take breaks often.


These following videos go into much more detail and full display

Taking a 30 second to a minute break while drilling

  1. Taking breaks are an essential part of becoming a good ball handler.
  2. If you notice every player on a great basketball team requires a breather.
  3. Sitting on the bench shouldn't be looked upon as a bad thing, just focus on your game if you get bench time, and drink plenty of water, but not to much during game play.
  4. Taking breaks also helps you regain strength in your muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints.


The most basic fundamentals to work on for ball handling

Focusing on the basics to ball handling drills

  1. To become great at handling the basketball takes dedication & hard work.
  2. Stay focused at all times during your drilling, try not to be distracted by anyone.
  3. Drilling is a skill to develop, and its a build up from simple dynamic motions.
  4. Once your body aligns with this form of activity, you will notice a change occur.
  5. Basketball handling adaptation is that change, its when you will begin to sway, with the basketball fluidly, and easily without much thought or worry of losing it.


Learning more about the Horse stance, and cross over drill

Drinking Water Tips to help you remain hydrated

  • Drinking water is an imperative if you're playing basketball or any sport.
  • Make sure to drink slowly while you try to quench your thirst.
  • Try not to drink flavored sports drinks, soda, or any alcoholic beverages, before attempting to do any basketball drills, it will take away from your oxygen levels.
  • Don't forget to bring a water bottle to the basketball court.
  • Beware of high heat conditions, anything over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, both indoors and outdoors, it isn't recommended to play or drill when it gets to hot.
  • Use water to cool off if you ever overheat, passout, or get dehydrated.



Motions drills and the implementation of the cross over move

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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @CatsPage, Hi thanks for your comment as well, and for sharing with me, I really appreciate everyone showing so much love for me, I can't wait to get the time to read many of your hubs as well, and Kitty's as well.

      I'm happy you found this info relevant to you and also thanks for the compliment of professionalism, I learn a great deal about presentation as a Naval Aviator years back, and I guess its beginning to show. I really never thought about it all, but yeah maybe my 10 years of service was truly worth something after all.

      I did my best with this, I promise to provide more hubs on this particular topic in the near future for sure, since many people have shown up and find it useful.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Thank you @kittyjj, for your awesome comment up above, I'm glad you enjoyed this hub and I hope it helps out your son, the drills all take some time to develop, but with true dedication it works wonders for sure.

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      Catherine Spinola 

      5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      This Hub is Fantastic...!! My 14 year old son plays basketball and I can't wait to show him your Hub. Your instruction and information are so professionally presented. This is a vote up Hub..! Thanks, CloudExplorer

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      Ann Leung 

      5 years ago from San Jose, California

      What a great hub! The videos are extremely helpful. It is perfect for my son who is learning how to play basketball. Thank you for sharing this useful hub and I look forward to reading your next one. Voted up!

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks Bill, I'm so in love with the game of basketball, I'm actually training to get myself to the next level, as the oldest dude to ever try to make it to the NBA, and wish me luck, because I'm going to need it for sure.

      Today I'm 37 and plan to try out by the age of 40, Hehe! if this became hub of the day, I won't know what to think about hubbing after such a potential occurrence.

      That would be a miracle in itself Bill, because the lord knows I've tried my hardest to please the hubpages Gods. Haha!!!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love it buddy! I coached basketball for fifteen years, high school and middle school, and I love the videos and tips you give here. Your hubs are getting better and better, Mike. This one should be a Hub Of The Day...it is that well done.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @TToombso8, I wish I could visit out the in Alaska some day, and maybe I'll make a trip out there some day to explore, and tour around, it would be so cool to do so, and I hope as you said, that this hub can possibly help the youth out there today.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Mike, this would come in handy out in the villages in Alaska where the kids are just nuts about basketball! Nice work and very thorough.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks again bro for sharing this hub with me, and with many others for me, your support is awesome bro.

      I need to catch up to you and Bill, y'all two dudes are quite impressive in making super efforts to help us all out here. Cool Stuff man!

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mike,

      I can tell it took a long time! It is very well constructed! And now that I am back, I am sharing! I forgot to last time, whoops! :)

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Hey Josh, thanks bro for checking this hub out as well as all my other hubs you given some hublove to, I like your comment up there.

      It took me about a month to develop all the content for this hub, and I hope it helps folks worldwide.

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mike,

      This is a fabulous hub! I enjoy playing basketball and I know I need to improve on my handling. I have watched two of the videos, and will finish watching the other ones later on. Thanks for sharing Mike! Awesome hub!

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