Basketball Dribbling Tips

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Coaches who have been around the game for some time are undoubtedly familiar with a few useful basketball dribbling tips. The tip you'll hear echoed most consistently at every level, from the NBA on down to the peewee leagues is this: don't waste your dribble! As soon as you pick up the ball, whether driving, eluding a double team, running the break, or creating a shot, you cannot reclaim your dribble without committing a double-dribble violation, which results in a loss of possession.

Another staple from the basketball dribbling tips text book pertains to dribbling height. Youngsters are taught early on not to dribble above their waists, as doing so creates opportunities for defenders to steal the ball. It also heightens the chance that your dribble will get away from you by bouncing out of your control or, worse, into the hands of a defender. At the same time, you don't want to keep your dribble too close to the floor, either. Instead, strive to keep it between your knees and your waist.

Further Basketball Dribbling Tips

As with passing and stepping, dribbling serves different functions in various situations. Point guards may use their dribble to penetrate defenses, create shots, and draw fouls. Guards may also use their dribbles merely to advance the ball up the court, with or without defenders present. In other instances, dribbling can help wind down the clock for the team that's ahead. In close games, this is an invaluable use of dribbling.

Of the basketball dribbling tips you can impart to your players, one of the most precious is "Know why you're dribbling." Each time your team controls the ball it must work toward one of two ideal outcomes: a) scoring a basket, or b) shooting free throws. Dribbling idly around the court, as some young players are wont to do, achieves neither of these goals, a fact that savvy coaches are wise to illustrate early on in their teams' seasons.


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