Learn and Use These Types of Dribbling

By: Christopher Amissah

Since basketball is a team game, players need move the ball from one teammate to another. And besides passing, dribbling is another means. Here we will focus on the various types of dribbling normally observed on the court.

Low Dribble
As its name implies, low dribble just means that you must keep the ball bouncing low nearest to the floor. This can effectively ensure the ball from guards. This entails the dribblers to extend his hand so as to limit the space the opponent can penetrate.

Speed Dribble
When you have the ball in an open court, you have to take advantage of time while keeping good control with the ball and your body. You typically need to use speed dribble to achieve your aim. Speed dribble is use when a player isn't guarded heavily, he/she isn't forced to protect the ball excessively. This gives him/her a good chance to make faster dribbling while achieving some distance.

Change-Of-Pace Dribble
You go about this type of dribble by slowing down your motion that may be conceived as stopping. This would well make the opponent think that you are stopping to pass the ball. However, once you achieve the reaction from the opponent, you must be keen to explode with speed then drive through the opponent.

Crossover Dribble
The usual dribble used to deflect the guarding player is the crossover dribble. It is characterized by one-hand dribbling while pushing the ball in front. After which, the offensive player would have to explode right through the opponent. While this is good for achieving distance, it is also prone for steals. To protect the ball, dribbling must be kept low as the ball passes from one hand to another.

Hockey Dribble
This makes use of a head-shoulder fake combination with an abrupt change of pace. This is normally used to divert the defender from close guard.

Reverse Dribble
When you are strongly guarded, you can use reverse dribble to avoid the opponent from stealing the ball. The main drawback of this dribble is the tendency of losing sight of the ball for some moments, which could further expose it towards stealing from the back.

Half-Reverse Dribble
This is close to reverse dribbling; but in this the player must make a 90-degree turn from his/her original position. The movements then must be very quick so as to prevent the ball from not being caught by a player of the opposing team.

Learn these basic types of dribbling. And you can ward-off hard-core defensive moves.

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