Women's Basketball Summer Homework: Ball Control

March 26, 2013 | Robert Taylor

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Sloughing off your training is a surefire way to guarantee an early exit in your basketball career. It takes time, persistence and confidence to amp up your game.

Bolster your confidence with ball control. Even if you're already the best dribbler on your team, challenge yourself with the following drills to elevate your ball control skills. You can do it in just one month:

  • Week one: spend one minute on each of these ball-control drills every day.
  • Week two: step it up to 90 seconds.
  • Week three: add another drill to your routine and spend two minutes on each.
  • Week four: try closing your eyes and counting to five or picking up your head to make eye contact with your teammate during each drill. High fives can be a fun addition too.

Catch-Catch-Catch Drill

  • Hold the ball between your legs with both hands, right hand in front, left hand in back.
  • Quickly switch hands without letting the ball touch the ground.
  • Do this as quickly as possible for 30 seconds. Try to increase by two each week.

Figure 8 Drill

  • Spread your legs, bend at the waist, and roll the ball with your fingertips through your legs.
  • Roll the ball around one leg, back through the middle, and around your other leg while keeping your head up.
  • Keep track of how many figure 8's you complete in one minute.
  • Try to increase by two each week.

Knee Clap Drill

  • Stand with your feet together and bend over like you are going to touch your toes.
  • Place the ball behind your knees.
  • Let the ball go, clap your hands in front of your knees and catch the ball before it hits the ground.
  • Do this as quickly as possible for 30 seconds.
  • Try to increase by one each week.

Figure 8 Dribbling Drill

  • Dribble the ball as quickly as possible in a figure 8 through and around your legs.
  • Use your fingers when you dribble, and dribble very quickly and low.
  • Switch from the right to the left and back to the right.
  • Keep track of how many figure 8's you complete in one minute.
  • Try to increase by two each week.

Find more ball-control drills through STACK's dribbling drills library.

Robert Taylor
- Robert Taylor is the founder and owner of SMARTER Team Training. He has served as the head strength and conditioning coach at Loyola University Maryland;...
Robert Taylor
- Robert Taylor is the founder and owner of SMARTER Team Training. He has served as the head strength and conditioning coach at Loyola University Maryland;...
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