Take Your Basketball Training Outside With These 6 Dribbling Drills

Coach Koran Godwin of Jumpstart Hoops offers dribbling drills you can perform on an outdoor track or on any flat surface.

Your school gym may be closed for summer break, but that's no excuse to skip out on summer basketball workouts. In fact, you don't even need to be on a basketball court to improve your skills.

When the gym is closed, pro skills trainer Coach Koran Godwin of Jumpstart Hoops advises training on an outdoor track, which can serve as the perfect non-basketball setting for you to work on your ball-handling and dribbling. All you need are two basketballs and two cones, and you'll be set for a full-on skills session.

Godwin's on-track workout starts with the Two-Ball Scissor and the Two-Ball Lateral Hop Drill.

To perform the Two-Ball Scissor Drill:

  • Assume an athletic stance on the starting line of the track with a basketball in each hand.
  • Pound-dribble the basketballs while simultaneously pumping/chopping your feet over the line.
  • Keep your head up and drive your feet as quickly as possible.

To perform the Two-Ball Lateral Hop Drill:

  • Stand with your right foot parallel to the starting line with a basketball in each hand.
  • Dribble the basketballs with each hand while simultaneously hopping laterally over the line.
  • Keep your head up and limit the amount of ground contact time between hops.

Next up is a two-part Stationary Ball-Handling series. To perform the move:

  • Assume a low, athletic stance with your feet slightly wider than your shoulders.
  • Starting with a basketball in your right hand, dribble it back and forth between hands in a 1-2-3 pattern, finishing with the ball in your left hand.
  • Immediately pound-dribble the basketball around and behind your left leg.
  • Continue pound-dribbling the basketball between your legs and regain possession of the ball in front of your body with your left hand.
  • Repeat 1-2-3 dribbling pattern, finishing with the ball in your right hand, and pound-dribble around your right leg and between your legs.

To perform the second part of the Stationary Ball-Handling series:

  • Assume a low, athletic stance with your feet slightly wider than your shoulders.
  • Dribble the basketball from your right hand to your left.
  • From your left hand, dribble the ball between your legs and regain possession of the ball with your right hand.
  • Immediately pound-dribble the basketball between your legs, regaining possession of the ball with your right hand in front of your body.
  • Repeat the 1-2 dribbling pattern and perform the drill on the opposite side.

After you complete the stationary dribbling routine, set up two cones approximately 5 yards apart and perform the Two-Cone Ball-Handling Drill:

  • Dribble the basketball and sprint from the first cone to the second.
  • At cone 2, execute a crossover move and sprint back to cone 1.
  • Execute another crossover move and sprint to cone 2.
  • Dribble the ball between your legs, sprint back to cone 1 and repeat the between-the-legs dribble.
  • Sprint to cone 2, dribble the ball behind your back and sprint back to cone 1.
  • Execute another behind-the-back dribble.

The final track drill combines dribbling work with some core-strengthening action via the Ball-Handling Sit-Up drill.

The exercise is straightforward: perform Sit-Ups while dribbling a basketball with each hand.

One final note: If you don't have access to an outdoor track, any flat surface will suffice. Simply place a strip of tape on the ground and get to work!

Follow Coach Koran Godwin on Twitter @CoachGodwin


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