It totally cracks me up watching little ones master the game of basketball! They are so darned cute running up and down the court in what sometimes appears to be mass chaos! This weekend my daughter played a basketball game and I soaked in every adorable minute of them trying to shoot and the excitement when one of the girls actually MADE a basket! One thing I saw most of the girls struggle with was dribbling. So I went on a hunt to find some good tips on developing ball handling skills and mastering dribbling. Having just one 7 year old being able to move the ball up and down the court can be a HUGE advantage!
Develop Ball Handling Skills
One of the first ways to teach girls how to dribble is to develop the ball handling skills. This can be done with the fingertip drill. Have the player move the basketball ball back and forth using only the finger tips. Start with the arms extended directly in front of the body. Then over time bring the extended arms up above the head. Then bring the extended arms back down in front of the body, while still tipping the ball back and forth with the finger tips.
Another drill would be to practice wrapping the basketball around the waist. Practice wrapping the basketball around the ankles. Then practice wrapping the basketball around the head. Then practice wrapping the basketball around the right leg and left leg. Now practice wrapping the basketball around both legs in a figure 8 motion.
Practicing these ball handling drills allow the player to get comfortable handling a basketball which also helps with dribbling. But not only that, it helps with passing, rebounding and shooting the basketball.
If your kiddo masters this, I would suggest going to Patricia’s second article on “How to Teach Beginner Girls Basketball Dribbling II”