Basketball Dribbling

Improve Basketball Dribbling Skills

Great dribbling is essential for any basketball player who wants to be successful on the court. Basketball players must effectively learn how to handle the ball with the proper form and technique so they are able to defend and maintain control of the ball at all times, without turning it over to the opposing team. Regardless of position all players must be able to dribble the ball effectively. The opposing team is always out to cause a turnover.

A basketball team may have great shooters, but if they lack proper dribbling skills, fail to protect the ball, and fail to stay in control, the chances of scoring a basket becomes harder. 

The Myosource Kinetic Bands are a great resistance training tool  to help improve speed, quickness, lateral movements, endurance, and body control. This will allow players to focus on their dribbling movements during turning, twisting, and rotating. The Myosource Kinetic Bands will enable athletes to develop muscle strength to remain explosive from beginning to end.

Basketball Dribbling - Head Up

A major issue basketball players suffer with is feeling the urge to look down at the ball while dribbling.  Players need to become extremely comfortable dribbling the basketball so they are able to keep their head up in order to defend the ball and look for an open team-mate. This is done while using the sense of feeling, instead of sight while dribbling. A common error a basketball player will encounter is turning the ball over because they were more focused on dribbling, rather then what is going on around them.

Spin Dribble

Often times, a basketball player will dribble down the court only to discover a defender blocking their path, causing them to make a choice of what move to make next. The Spin Dribble is where a player spins their body to either the left or right side of the court. This is accomplished by planting the lead foot and spinning around to dribble past the defender or in another direction. It is important to remember that while spinning, the player must remain in control of the ball at all times. Handling the basketball takes skill and physical strength.

The Myosource Kinetic Bands are a great training tool for building strength and flexibility in the legs, hips, and glutes for a successful spin dribble.

Pace Change Dribble

Ball Handlers are often faced with a double team situation, causing them to slow down in order to plant their foot and straighten their body. Once the  player slows down they will immediately take off again, using their front foot to accelerate past the defenders.

When practicing the pace change dribble,  basketball players can utilize the Myosource Kinetic Bands to increase their first step quickenss and acceleration speed. There are a number of Myosource speed videos that show athletes how to use their own body weight and resistance bands to increase speed.

Back Dribble

In the early years of basketball, it was unheard of to perform skills behind the players back because they were considered to be showing off and lacking control. The behind the back dribble is not to be taken lightly or performed by a player who has poor basic dribbling skills. Although the behind the back dribble is a risky move, it is also one that is very useful if performed correctly. This is performed generally during a one on one situation with a defender.  The player will step forward with their left foot and toss the ball behind their back with the right hand. If they need to go to the opposite side then they will step with their right foot and throw the basketball behind their back with their left hand. The behind the back dribble requires lower body, core, and upper body strength.

The Myosource Kinetic Bands help develop muscle mobility and flexibility for reaching behind the back, stability and balance to maintain body control, and great footwork with quick lateral movements.

Sweep Dribble

Basketball players often find themselves in a situation where the defender is positioned so the ball handler is no longer able to dribble with their current hand. The purpose of the sweep is to block off the defender in order to change the dribbling hand and break away to pass or take it to the hoop. During the sweep, the dribbling player must make sure to keep the ball close and controlled to prevent a turnover. More advanced players will add additional movements, such as moving their body back and forth from side to side, to confuse the defender.

As the athletes advance their skill levels, they are able to add trick moves that require a variety of body movements, while maintaining control of the basketball. Practicing the sweep while wearing the Myosource Kinetic Bands will strengthen the hip flexors and lower body muscles.

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