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Everything You Need to Know About Dribbling in Basketball

By Kaitlyn Fedor

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To get better at basketball we believe there are a number of things you should do, including master more than one skill. This is important because players who are experts at more than one technique are more marketable and valuable. In order to become a better player and step up your game, think about signing up for a basketball training camp or clinic.

Basketball skills training covers many different aspects of the game such as shooting, passing, and defending. One area that ballers could always use extra help in is the basics of dribbling. This is a skill that can be worked on as a stand alone task or meshed with others, and can be practiced virtually anywhere. While it’s a must for perimeter players, becoming a better dribbler will benefit all who play the sport. Keep reading for tips about dribbling that players should definitely master.

Use Your Fingertips

Much like shooting, dribbling is best done with your fingertips and not the palm of your hand. This ensures a better grip on the ball and better control.

Protect the ball

If you are being defended closely, you can protect the ball in two ways. One is to create a shield with your off hand. You can’t push with that off hand, but you are entitled to your space. Also, you should turn your off shoulder to the defender, pointing your shoulder to his or her chest. Make the defender go through you to get to the ball.

Heads Up

Perhaps the most important, you should keep your head up at all times. Surveying the court and not watching the ball while dribbling is a skill you can achieve through repetition. Practice dribbling while staring at a spot on the wall.

Dribbling Techniques

A main goal of dribbling is to create space in order to get an easy shot for you or a teammate.There are several techniques that can help you create distance from your opponent. One is the hesitation dribble, where you speed dribble at your opponent, then come to a complete stop. This often gets the defender on his heels, allowing you to drive past him.

Another dribbling technique is the crossover dribble. This is best used when dribbling up court and the defender cuts you off. Quickly changing your dribble from one side to the other can throw the defender off guard. This technique has become very popular but it does create risk by exposing the ball in front of you. Make sure you have a few feet of space between you and the defender before attempting it.

The retreat dribble is not as popular but can be quite effective. When dribbling and protecting the ball, take a couple of quick steps back. This may open up room between you and the defender, allowing you to better see the court and choose the next correct move.

Final Thoughts

All athletes becomes better with practice. Keep these dribbling tips in mind the next time you’re ready to play and consider joining a basketball clinic to really refine your skills. We’ll see you on the court.