Driveway Ball-Handling by Chris Filios

driveway ball-handling

Written by Coach Peterman

I have coached at the NCAA Division 2 (Southwestern Oklahoma State University), NAIA (USAO), and JUCO Levels (Blinn College and Carl Albert State College) as well as high school. I just felt that fellow coaches especially young coaches need to constantly work on their “game”. Just like the basketball players that we coach. We as coaches need to improve ourselves. That is my story and why I do this blog.

July 4, 2020

Driveway Ball-Handling 

Even though you may not be able to get into a gym, have a hoop, or get with a coach, that does not mean that your game can’t continue to get better. All you need is a ball (or 2) and a little bit of space. In less than 30 minutes a day, your driveway ball-handling can significantly improve. 

The best part is you can get as creative as you want with it. Mix it up to keep things fresh and take the monotony out of stationary Driveway Ball-Handling drills

Here are a few ideas you can take with you to your driveway: 

All you need is a ball. 

  • LH Side V (Back and Forth) 
  • LH Front V 
  • RH Front V 
  • RH Side V 
  • Figure 8 (Behind- between the legs going from back to front) – 3-pound dribbles on the side between each between the legs dribble 
  • Figure 8 (Behind) – 2-pound dribbles 
  • Figure 8 (Behind) – 1 pound dribble 
  • Figure 8 (Front- between the legs dribble going from front to back) – 3-pound dribbles on side 
  • Figure 8 (Front) – 2-pound dribbles 
  • Figure 8 (Front) – 3-pound dribble 

Then reverse the order and go back towards the beginning… 

You can mix up the number of reps or amounts of time on each exercise depending on what you want to achieve. If you are looking for a good, hard workout- go for at least 30 seconds each. If you do 30 seconds each, that is 10 minutes of Driveway Ball-Handling. If you are looking for just a quick, daily warm-up, then just go 3-5 reps of each. A great middle-ground would be to forget the number of reps or time, and do each exercise until the player finds a good rhythm with that dribble. If it takes 3 reps, great. If the player struggles with a specific move, then have them get more reps on that specific move until they find a flow. 

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