Improve Your Ball Handling -- And Your Conditioning

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It is the off-season, time to get better. Work on your skills, shooting, ball handling, passing, defense and your conditioning. Of all the things you want to work on, conditioning is the toughest. It is hard for a basketball player to work on something without a basketball in his hands. Multi-tasking is the key to improvement in basketball.
If you can improve your conditioning while working on your skills, the job becomes easier. Below are some things you can do to improve your ball handling and work on
your conditioning at the same time.

 

Full Court Layups

Start at the baseline.
In five dribbles, go the length of the court and make a lay-up. Dribble up the court with your right hand and take a right-handed lay-up. Come back with your left hand and take a left-handed lay-up. Go 4 times.

Now, start at the baseline, do the same drill with 4 dribbles. Go 4 times.

Now, start at the baseline, do the same drill with 3 dribbles. Go 4 times.

Take 5 foul shots.

Full Court Changes

Start on the baseline where the foul lane intersects the baseline.

Full speed dribble toward the sideline, on an angle so you get to the sideline at the foul line extended (where the foul line would intersect the sideline if the foul line
were extended to the side).

Make a cross over dribble and dribble full speed to the center circle.

From the center circle, make a crossover dribble, up the court, to the side line at the foul line extended.

Make a crossover dribble, take 2 dribbles for a lay-up. You should finish at the opposite basket from where you started.

Repeat the coming back. Go up the court starting with a right hand dribble, come back using a left hand dribble.

Go up and back 4 times.

Take 5 foul shots.

Continue the drill using: spin dribble, behind the back dribble, through the legs dribble, change of pace dribble, inside out-crossover dribble, stutter dribble, backup-change dribble.

Go 4 times for each dribble and take 5 foul shots between drills.

Follow The Lines

Start in the corner. Full speed dribble up the sideline.

Crossover dribble at the mid-court line and change direction so you are dribbling on the mid-court line and going across the court.

Crossover dribble at the sideline and speed dribble down the sideline to the end line.

Crossover dribble at the end line and go across the end line.

Crossover dribble at the foul lane line and head up the lane.

Crossover dribble at the foul line and go across the foul line.

Crossover dribble at the lane line and head toward the end line.

Crossover dribble at the end line and head to the sideline.

Crossover dribble at the sideline and speed dribble up the sideline.

Crossover dribble at the mid-court line and speed dribble across the court.

Crossover dribble at the sideline and head for the baseline.

Crossover dribble at the end line and go across the end line.

Crossover dribble at the foul lane line and head up the lane.

Crossover dribble at the foul line and go across the foul line.

Crossover dribble at the lane line and head toward the end line.

Crossover dribble at the end line and head to the sideline.

Make a different change dribble when you get to the side line (spin dribble, behind the back dribble, through the legs dribble, change of pace dribble, inside out-crossover dribble, stutter dribble, backup-change dribble.)

Go 4 times and take 10 foul shots

When done at full speed with intensity and concentration, this workout improves your ball handling and conditioning in a short period of time.

Don Kelbick

Coach Don Kelbick has had 27 years of coaching experience, 25 at the college level including 14 years as a head coach and 10 years as a Division I assistant including stops at Hofstra University, Marist College, Keene State College, and Florida International University. In 2 years as a high school coach, his teams produced 6 Division I players and was ranked #1 in Florida 28 out of a possible 34 weeks. In addition to coaching he has scouted for NBA teams, including the Knicks and the Hawks, and served as a general manager in the USBL.

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