“If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball” – Dodegeball (the movie). And though dribbling with a tennis ball isn’t exactly the same thing, it IS the same learning concept.
Adding a tennis ball while dribbling is a “load”. Any skill or drill can be loaded to increase the difficulty or focus on one aspect of a skill. In the case of tennis ball dribbling, the idea is that if you can perform the dribble moves while catching a tennis ball then in a game situation (where all you have to worry about is the basketball) you’ll be even better.
The video below introduces four great drills that will improve ball handling with the help of a tennis ball.
Stationary Tennis Ball Dribbling
|SKILL FOCUS||Ball Handling, Catching|
|AGE (STAGE)||8+ (Learn-to-Train Stage)|
|EQUIPMENT||1 Basketball and 1 Tennis Ball|
2 TENNIS BALLS
|Rather than using a basketball to dribble, try dribbling with the tennis ball instead! While still tossing and catching the other tennis ball of course.|
Ball handling drills are great for ANY player to develop comfort with the ball and confidence in taking care of the ball. Comment your favorite ball-handling drills below!