1. Dribbling starts
with proper hand and arm motion as well as body position.
2. Moving and twisting to awkward body positions are keys to
3. You need to dribble with defensive contact, looking in all
directions, even behind, to learn how to protect the ball.
4. Dribbling is never an end unto itself. One offensive objective
is to pass the ball up court to the open player as fast as possible.
You must dribble with your head up, constantly looking to pass.
All lessons require players to keep their heads up and look while
1. Dribbling can't
be taught. You have to be a natural. This is true if you don't
know how to teach dribbling. This inaccurate idea discourages
coaches and players alike. Nothing could be further from the
2. Dribbling between the legs and behind the back are effective
methods. They may look good and be okay to practice, but they
do not have much effect in games.
3. It is cool to dribble waist high or higher like many of the
pros. Dribbling high is much more difficult, and, unless you
are very quick it will lead to disaster. Bob Cousey dribbled
with his elbows nearly straight; the ball was only inches, rather
than feet, off the floor.
4. The more you dribble the better you dribble. No, dribbling
correctly improves dribbling. Dribbling with the head down, standing
straight up, not bothering to look around does the reverse you
learn how to and do dribble incorrectly. You need to be aware
of how you practice. If you want to improve your dribbling technique
stop dribbling improperly, even if it is inadvertent, like the
dribbling you do while shooting the ball around. Limit your dribbling
to the lessons in this book.
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