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Dribbling a Basketball

Updated on August 2, 2016

C.J Fair dribbling

C.J Fair dribbling By Chad Cooper CC BY-SA 2.0
C.J Fair dribbling By Chad Cooper CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source

A good basketball player must be good at dribbling the basketball. A player must know when he should dribble the ball and when he should not. He should never over dribble the ball. A player needs to practice dribbling as often as possible and he must be able to dribble with both hands.

A player will dribble when he wants to move the ball around the court and he will dribble when he is advancing the ball toward the hoop. He will dribble when he wants to get in the open to make a shot. A player will dribble when he is opening up a passing lane so he will have a better chance at completing a pass. He will use the dribble to get out of a trap. The dribble is often used at the end of a game to kill the clock.

When a player dribbles he must not use the palm of his hands.. A basketball player will use the ball of his feet and the tips of this fingers. A player will use his wrist and forearm when he is bouncing the ball and he must keep his head up and look forward. He must never look at the floor of the court. A successful basketball player must be good at using both hands.

It is very important for a player to have complete control over his dribble at all times. He should be bent over when he dribbles and he must keep his body between the ball and the opposing player. The ball must always be kept near the floor and behind the player. He will also keep the ball near his body. The player must keep his other arm in front and straight to guard against the other player. He can not grab the other player. Do not ever stop your dribble until you can shoot or pass.





Crossover dribble By TonyTheTiger CC BY-SA 3.0
Crossover dribble By TonyTheTiger CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source

In an open court, a player will use the speed dribble. When the player uses the speed dribble he will move the ball down the court several feet ahead of him. He will bounce the ball waist high or higher. He will keep his head up and find his teammates. The player must move fast, but he must keep control of the ball. Some players will do what is called a jump stop at the end of a speed dribble.

Sometimes a player will use a crossover dribble. In a crossover dribble, the player will dribble the ball using both hands. He will always bounce the ball in front of him and to the other side and then he will bounce the ball with his other hand. The player will use the crossover dribble to change his direction on the court.

The player will use the in and out dribble to get away from another player and get to the hoop. When a player uses the in and out dribble he will make one bounce in front of him like he was going to cross over, but instead he will pick up the ball with his other hand and go around the other player.

The hesitation dribble is a fake move that a player uses to get around another player. The player will use the speed dribble to get up to the other player and then he will stop. When the other player comes close he will go to the side and start the speed dribble toward the hoop.

The player will speed dribble with his right hand and when he gets near the opposing player he will stop and rock back. This move will confuse the opposing player. The player with the ball will go around on the opponent's right side.

There is also the behind the back dribble. This move is very useful. This dribble works will on an open court.

The open move is very useful. It can be used to get around an opposing player in an open court. A player must be careful when he uses this move because an opposing player can steal the ball.

Another dribble used is called the backup dribble. The backup dribble is used to get away from a trap or opposing player. A player will dribble backward and then do a fast crossover dribble. A crossover dribble can be done through the legs or around the players back.

There is also a dribble called the figure 8. When a player does the figure 8 he must spread his legs. He must dribble the ball through his legs and around him in figure 8. You can do the figure 8 many different ways. You can also do this while you are walking.

The spider dribble is done with legs spread. The player will dribble the ball between his legs. He will have the right hand and left hand in front of his legs then the right hand and left hand will be behind his legs. He must be fast at doing this.

Another dribble is the drop and catch dribble. The player will hold the ball between his legs. He will have his right hand in front of his body and his left hand behind. He will drop the ball and catch it before it hits the floor.



Harlem Globe Trotters Dribbling

Harlem Globe Trotters Dribbling By MatthiasKabel CC BY-SA 2.5
Harlem Globe Trotters Dribbling By MatthiasKabel CC BY-SA 2.5 | Source

A player can practice dribbling by himself. A player needs to do a lot of practicing to be good at dribbling.

A player must learn to dribble hard because when the ball is out of his hands he can lose it. When he dribbles hard the ball gets back to his hands faster.

A player must keep his head up when he is dribbling. He must never use his palms to control the ball. He must always use his fingertips.

A basketball player must always use his imagination so he knows what dribble to use.

Never use 2 dribbles when 1 would have done the job. A basketball player must spend a lot of time practicing the different types of dribbles.

Before a player practices dribbling, he should do warm ups. First, he can do the hamstring stretch. The player will dribble with his right hand and cross his right leg over his left leg. He will bend at his waist and touch the floor using his left hand. He will dribble low and wait, then reverse position.

The player will do a lower body and a chilies stretch. The player will stand up and dribble waist high. He will step forward with his right leg and keep his back straight and his left hand on the ground. He will do a low dribble in front of his right foot keeping the ball low. He will hold this for an 8 count then stand up. He will now do it with the other leg and hand.

The crossover warm up is the same as the lower body except the player will step forward with his left leg. When his foot is going to the floor, he will switch hands and keep the dribble low. He will stand up and cross back.

The through the legs warm up is almost the same as the crossover, but instead of crossing over the player will put the ball through his legs at shoe top height.

The multiple through the legs warm up has the player putting the ball through his legs 3 times. He will go left, right and left. He will use quick, low dribbles.

The torso twist warm up is done by spreading the legs past his shoulder width. The player will dribble with his right hand. He will keep his legs straight and bring the ball from the right to the left side. He will dribble low and behind his left foot.



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    • norlawrence profile imageAUTHOR

      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you for your comment. I had never heard of some of them either.

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I never knew ll of these specific dribbles existed. I have seen a several of them, but not all.

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