10 Best Basketball Dribbling Drills for Kids

Because dribbling is fundamental.


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Before beginning basketball players can learn how to drive, pass and score, they need to get their  hands on the ball and dribble. A lot.

Many of these 10 youth basketball drills borrow from schoolyard games, so even the youngest players can start with what they already know as they build their ball handling skills.

Island Hopping
Pirates ahead! This activity helps players learn to get away from an attacker by finding open space.

Gimme Five
Players practice dribbling in a fun activity that also helps develop their coordination and agility.

Space Treasure
Strap in, we’re blasting off to outer space! This activity develops team play, tactical decision-making and dribbling skills.

Let’ssss teach playerssss to communicate and move as a team, while developing agility and coordination.

Detective Pikachu
Can you crack the case? Players practice dribbling with a poker face in this activity.

Construction Site
Don’t forget your hard hat! Players learn to make decisions while dribbling in this activity. 

Gates Dribbling
Open sesame! This dribbling activity helps with speed dribbling and turning direction with the ball.

Pattern Dribbling
This activity helps players learn about court markings—and develop their technical dribbling skills, with an assist from their favorite characters.

Hit the Cone
No hoop? No problem! Play basketball anywhere in this hoopless version of the sport. 

Freeze Tag
The cold doesn’t bother us anyway! Players practice changing speed and direction with the ball while escaping tough situations.


For more great basketball drills for kids, check out:

10 Best Basketball Shooting Drills for Kids

11 Best Basketball Passing Drills for Kids

10 Best Basketball Defense Drills for Kids

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