Basketball Dribbling Skills

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

Subject Area

Physical Education




Most coaches use dribbling and ball handling interchangeably. Though they are linked, the two skills are definitely separate.

Dribbling and controlling the ball is a skill that can be practiced alone and is separate from the other ball skills on the court. Ball handling, however, involves knowledge of the game and integrates dribbling, passing, and decision-making.

Practicing and improving your dribbling is a simple task. There are innumerable dribbling drills that are in use today that are challenging and effective. The set of drills that have come to be known as "Maravich Drills," (after the late ball-handling wizard Pete Maravich) are widely known. They include drills such as passing the ball around your body, dribble figure 8s, spider dribbling, drop and catch.

This resource provides information about improving these skills with various drills.

This alignment results from the ALEX Health/PE COS Resource Alignment Summit.

Physical Education (2019) Grade(s): 5


Dribble continuously with both the preferred and the non-preferred hands in dynamic individual, partner, and small group activities.

CR Resource Type

Informational Material

Resource Provider

Breakthrough Basketball

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