Five Basketball Ball Handling Tips & Tricks


Do you own a basketball? Would you like to improve your dribbling at home?

These tips and tricks are provided by the YMCA of Greater Basketball Ball Handling Brandywine’s Sports and Fitness Group. They will help you dribble like a pro!

Do not let the dribble touch the floor.

When they attack the basket, players who keep their feet low have a greater chance of exploding. A defender will have a difficult time stealing the ball from an offensive player if the ball is kept low. Push down with your fingertips and try to keep the ball below your waist. This will increase your chances of stealing the ball.

Keep your eyes open

To have a clear view of the court, it is important to keep your head high as a ballhandler. A player will never be successful if they keep their head down. They won’t be able see the game and make the best plays for their team. You can do a simple drill at home: either sit down in front of your TV and look at highlights while you dribble, or go outside to focus on a spot on a wall and dribble instead of looking at the ball.

Your weak hand is your strength

Players must be able to use both their hands to control the ball. Don’t be a player who only uses one hand to move the ball. To make a play, the best players can use both hands. To improve your skill, practice your favorite moves in both directions on the court. You can also do other activities such as eating, or spending a full day doing nothing but your nondominant hand while dribbling and doing lay-ups.

Protect the ball

To protect the ball, it is okay to use both your off-hand as well as your body. Your offhand is a shield that protects you from defenders. Your offhand should not be used to push the other player off, as this will lead to an offensive foul. However, it is perfectly acceptable to use your offhand in order to stop the defensive player stealing the ball. You should practice dribbling with your non-dribbling hand. Don’t forget your weak hand when you are working on your dribbling.

Modification of direction/pace

As a ballhandler, it is crucial to use speed and misdirection to your benefit while attacking the rim. This will make it difficult for your defender to keep up with you and allow you more space to make plays for your team. To help ballhandlers create more space for their teammates, jab steps, crossovers and hesitations are all efficient moves. You can practice dribbling outside by yourself. Learn to dribble fast, then slow down, and change the speed and appearance of your moves.

Basketball Basics and The Basketball Court

Here are some things you should know

Basketball is a non-contact athletic sport that opposing teams play. They score points by putting the ball in each other’s basket. The winner is the team with the most points.

Basketball players have two options: passing the ball by hand or dribbling it as they move.

Basketball requires the ability to run fast on a small court with limited space, good hand-eye coordination, catch, dribble, and shoot.

Five players each from each team are allowed to play on the court at any given time. There can also be five substitutes on the court sidelines.

The referee will throw the basketball and then two players stand in the middle circle and attempt to tap it to their teammates.

Basketball does not allow holding, pushing, tripping, hitting, or any other form of forceful conduct. A player who commits more than five fouls is sent off the court and banned from playing the rest of the game.

The basketball is round and has a circumference around 75cm (29.5in), and a weight of 600g (21oz).

James Naismith from Canada invented the modern basketball game. He was a teacher at the YMCA Training School in Massachusetts in 1891 and was challenged with finding a sport that could be played indoors during winter. The first game of basketball featured a peach basket as a goal and a football.

1936 saw the introduction of basketball as an Olympic sport.

Basketball court floor

A description of the basketball court

  • A rectangular court measuring 28m x15m (or 84ft x50ft) is used for basketball.
  • The baskets measure 45cm (18in) in width and are raised 3.05m (10ft), from the floor, and attached to the back boards.
  • The ‘key’ is the four-sided area surrounding the basket.
  • The free-throws line is located at the end of the key. This is where you can take shots after a foul has occurred.

The three-point line is located at the large arc, which is 6.25m (6.25ft) from each basket. Successful shots taken outside of this line earn you an additional point.

Basketball is good for your health.

  • Increases upper body strength and strong arms are required to throw the basketball.
  • Through ball handling, develops hand-eye coordination.
  • This improves lower body leg strength. Short bursts are required for sprinting to cover the basketball court.
  • Flexibility is increased as feet and hands are forced to adapt to the fast pace basketball.
  • Rapid changes in direction and plays increase agility.
  • Basketball improves balance and concentration.

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