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clear.gifFundamentals - Dribbling Series


One ball

  • Basic
    • pound dribble (both sides)
      • waist-shoulder-knee-ankle high
    • pound crossover
      • tap crossover
    • continuous crossovers
      • small, big
    • pound inside-out
    • v-dribble, front and side
      • small, big
      • alternating front and side
    • one-hand mini-circles in front
    • line pounds - N-S, E-W
    • dribble jabs (inside foot)
      • side jab
      • front jab
    • pound between the legs, pound and back under the same leg (double-take)
  • Intermediate
    • tap-dribble figure-8 (front-back, back-front)
    • continuous inside-out
    • pound push-through (one-leg dribble-wrap, front to back between to the same hand)
    • two-dribble figure-8 - front to back, then back to front
    • pound between (feet stationary), behind
    • continuous double-takes (back and forth under one leg)
    • inside-out cross, inside-out between, inside-out behind
    • front v-dribble to crossover, progression - between, behind
    • v-dribble (or pound) into a double move,
      • double cross, take, between, behind
      • between cross (UTEP two-step), between behind
      • any double move, e.g. cross behind (see Hanlen)
    • 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 - pound pound, v-dribble front front side side, inside-out inside-out, cross and switch hands (Rocky Ullah)
    • Nash dribble jab (inside foot), dribble-jab cross
    • switch-hand move (cross, jab opposite), switch-hand cross (or between)
  • Advanced (continuous)
    • between (front to back, jump stop)
    • between cross, between behind
    • spider, double-tap crossovers,  behind cross
    • push-throughs
    • double-move combos
      • double cross double-take
      • double cross double behind
      • double between double behind
    • scissors
      • inside-out, outside-in
    • behind the back
    • inside-out (or pound) cross between behind
      • Hanlen - every third move, shift away from the ball (shuffle)
    • between cross behind (Jr. NBA)
    • between double cross, between double behind (Hanlen)
    • cross cross between, between cross between
    • cross cross between between behind behind (KP)
    • between between (scissors) behind (Calipari)
    • behind the back shifts - pound, behind the back, shuffle opposite
    • scissors ladder


Two balls

  • Basic
    • pound, pistons
      • shoulder high, knee high, tap dribble
    • high-low (one ball high, one low, switch)
    • one-hand dribbling, both balls
  • Intermediate
    • front v-dribble (same-time, opposing)
    • side v-dribble (same time, opposing)
    • pound cross (one ball stays in front, or circle then change direction)
    • pound between (cross the other ball), alternate legs
    • traps - pound dribble high then low, repeat
    • circle one leg (pound the other ball)
      • alternate legs
    • alternating inside-out
  • Advanced
    • figure-8 (the balls follow each other)
    • continuous cross, between to the right, between to the left, behind (Watson)
    • continuous between, alternate legs
      • hesitate (stand up)
    • half spider
    • pound push-through (pound the other ball)
      • Steph Curry - push-thru double behind
    • alternating push-throughs (dribble-wrap) - front to back, back to front (both balls)
    • juggles (change direction)
    • pound between cross, or pound between pound cross (one leg then switch, one ball stays in front)
      • pound between behind
    • continuous between and behind


Up and back

One ball (switch hands as needed), fullcourt, halfcourt or cross-court.

  • Basic
    • right hand, left hand
    • alternating-hand speed dribble
    • (pound) crossover, between, behind, inside-out (see tight moves to half)
    • stop and go (keep dribble alive)
    • slow and go (fast-slow-fast)
    • skip dribbles - strong hand, weak hand
    • hesitation - stutter, skip, pause and rise on one foot
    • Nash dribble jab
    • pullback, pullback cross (retreat dribbles)
    • figure-8 (pretzel) walking - forward, backward
  • Intermediate to advanced
    • Footwork series (continuous)
    • Zig-zag
      • two dribbles (or 3), change of direction
      • one-dribble change
    • Double moves
      • (pound) double cross, double take, double between, double behind
    • Inside-out series
      • (pound) inside-out cross, inside-out between, inside-out behind
      • (pound) double inside-out cross, double inside-out between, double inside-out behind (wrap)
    • Wrap series
      • (pound) wrap, between wrap, inside-out wrap
      • (continuous) inside-out between wrap, between behind wrap, cross between behind wrap
    • Spin series
      • (pound) pound spin, inside-out spin, cross spin, between spin
      • (pound) between cross spin, between between spin, between behind spin
    • Dribble-jab series
      • Nash dribble-jab cross
      • switch-hand move, switch-hand cross
    • Hesi series
      • (pound) hesi cross, hesi between
      • (continuous or pound) cross hesi, behind hesi, inside-out hesi cross
      • (pound) cross hesi cross, between hesi cross, behind hesi cross
      • (continuous) double cross hesi, between cross hesi, double between hesi, behind cross hesi
      • (pound) double between hesi cross, between cross hesi cross, between behind hesi cross
    • Pistol Pete's - one hand, walking, dribble under the outside leg, over the other leg, switch hands

Two balls



Use zig-zag cones or a line of cones to work on secondary moves (changes of direction). A cone line can also be used for primary moves (inside-out, hesitation), behind-the-back wraps, and weaving. Cones can be tight or loose.

Attack the basket

Ball in the outside hand to start (can drop into a split stance), progress to inside hand, adjust finishes, attack from the top, and progress to shots, e.g. freeze pull-ups, crossover jumpers, stepbacks, drag pullbacks.

  • primary moves
    • hesitation, inside-out
    • finishes - regular layup, power, reverse, Euro-step, pro hop (slice, slide), early (one-hand pickup), inside-hand, pass fake, around the back, goofy-foot
    • freeze pull-ups
  • secondary moves
    • cross, between, behind, spin
    • primary-secondary, e.g.
      • inside-out cross, inside-out wrap
      • hesi cross, hesi between
      • cross hesi, between hesi
    • finishes - baby hook, tight scoop, half reverse, floater, runner, spin pullback
    • crossover pull-ups
  • Iverson crossover series
    • load-up move (skip hesi)
    • hesi cross (Iverson)
    • hesi inside-out cross
    • counters - inside-out, cross between, cross cross, cross hesi (glide) cross (Durant double-cross)
  • scissor series
    • between, between cross, hesi between, hesi between cross
      • hesi between inside-out
      • between wrap, between cross wrap, between cross cross
    • between hesi, between hesi cross
    • between and back under
      • between and under, cross
    • finishes - at the rim, or mid-range shots
  • other double (or triple) moves, e.g.
    • cross cross (Kevin Durant)
    • behind behind (Nash, Jamal Crawford)
    • behind, spin (Rocky Ullah)
    • cross spin, between spin (Tony Parker finish)
  • jab series
    • Nash dribble jab
      • dribble-jab cross
    • cross jab (drop cross, switch-hand move) - crossover, jab back the other way
      • cross jab cross (or between)
    • jab cross (dribble-foot jab, cross), jab between


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