So you have a son or daughter who got a taste of basketball at summer camp or saw a really exciting clip on YouTube and now they want to play. That’s great!
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Anyway, we also like to help parents teach these budding superstars proper form and technique because the fundamentals are critical if they want to be successful in basketball – just like so many other things.
Two-Ball Dribble Drill – now for a beginner level
Learning to handle a basketball properly takes a lot. But kids, especially young children, are happy to expend a great deal of effort to learn how to do things well and that’s especially true in basketball because it’s fun!
The basic premise of this drill for beginners is to maintain control of the ball and stay in a fundamentally sound stance while handling the ball.
The coach holds a ball in each hand while the player assumes an athletic stance:
- feet spread a little wider than shoulder width apart
- hands rest on basketballs held by coach
- fingers are horizontal to the ground and fingers are spread wide apart
On the count of three, the coach lets go of the balls and the player begins dribbling the balls simultaneously for as long as possible. Start with a goal of 5 to 10 seconds challenging the player to improve his time as he practices in two-minute increments. At the end of each two minutes, stop, rest for at least a minute and then repeat the drill for another two minutes. You can even count the number of good bounces.
It may seem simple and repetitive, but kids like the time challenge and the repetition. They also get excited about their progress. Don’t be surprised if they ask you to “do it again” or make up a chart so they can see their improvement.
You’ll be happy to see them gain confidence and skills so “Do it again, Dad!” will be music to your ears.
-Pat of the Basketball Goal Store Blog Team