Multi Change Ball Handling (Video)

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 No matter what position you play, becoming a better ball handler will make you a better player. The only way to become a better ball handler is to challange yourself. "Multi Change Ball Handling" does just that.


Set up obstacles (cones, chairs, diss, etc) in a line up the middle of the court. How far apart they are depends on how much of a challenge you want to present. The closer the obsticles, the greater the challenge.

Players are in a line under the basket. Each player has a ball.

Player dribbles as hard and as fast as he can. He drives drictly at the frst obstacle and then makes change dribble as quickly as possible to go around the cone and the immediately back between the obsticles to the next one. He continues up the floor in this manner until he clears the last obstacle and finishes with a layup. Each player goes until everyone has gone through the obstacles and then they repeat on the way back.

A couple of things to consider:

An odd number of changes will lead to beginning each series with different hands. (For example, if you are making 3 changes, the first series will begin with a right hand dribble, the second series with a left hand dribble)

An even number of changes will lead to beginning each series with the same hand

Each series is done between and directly in front of the obstacles.

Here are some progressions I like to use:

  1. Crossover dribble
  2. Through the legs dribble
  3. Behind the back dribble
  4. Crossover - through the legs dribbles
  5. Through the legs - behind the back dribbles
  6. Crossover - through the legs - behind the back dribbles

The above is just a sample of the series that I use. Each workout I like to change the dribbles and often change the order of the dribbles in the series.

 Multi Change Ball Handling 001



To change up the drill and prevent prevent boredom, I will change the obstacle pattern. Here is an example.

 Multi Change Ball Handling 002
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.