Tips for Individual Offensive Play - Dribbling

"COACHES CORNER" with John Heard

FOCUS: "Dribbling"

1. Players should be able to dribble with both hands.


2. The head should be held comfortably up so that the dribbler can spot open teammates. Visual contact with the ball is by use of split vision only.

3. The balance of weight should be primarily on the balls of the feet with knees bent and body crouched. The shoulder opposite the dribbling hand should be slightly forward.


4. When closely guarded, dribble the ball low, keeping it to the outside of the leg with the body between the opponent and the ball.


5. Use a high dribble for speed only when clearly in the open. Never dribble faster than control permits.


6. Learn to pivot while dribbling and as an action upon termination of the dribble.


7. Change of pace is executed by pausing with the opposite foot from the dribbling hand forward, hesitating, then moving off again. A slight straightening of the body is often effective. A skipping action is also good. Step out with a long stride after pausing.


8. Planting the same foot as the dribbling hand and cutting off that foot execute change of direction. The ball is bounce passed from one hand to the other. Try to master the behind the back dribble as dribbling skill increases.


9. The ability to stop quickly and under control is vital.


10. To start the dribble the ball must leave the dribble’s hand before the rear (pivot) foot leaves the floor.


11. Be careful to avoid palming, especially when changing direction.


12. Do not waste the dribble by habitually bouncing the ball after getting possession.


13. Do not dribble uselessly when a pass would be more advantageous.

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