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Beginning Basketball – Basics – Ball Handling & Dribbling

As a new season starts we explore how we at Frogs Basketball envision we assist in a player beginning basketball and the basics involved from a club perspective.

For many players and families starting out who may not have any basketball background it can be a daunting challenge on trying to understand what to look for in basketball program and how to set expectations in the first season or two. It is easy to over or under estimate the ability of your child and therefore place unnecessary pressure and unrealistic expectations on them. An experienced coach should be able to help you identify where your child is and help with an outline of fundamentals that they can begin to work on developing as a player.

Like any skills the correct repetition is required, some more than others, before establishing confidence in the skill to be able to utilize it in a pressure situation in a basketball game. During our Frogs Basketball training sessions for new and returning players we strive to teach basic basketball fundamentals via our drills that can be repeated at home in the drive way or backyard, at school or at the local park.

It is our hope that your child develops a passion to spend as much time as they can spare to become the best basketball player they can over time.

Ball Handling

Teaching a player to handle a ball can begin the day they arrive home from the hospital. Okay, so they might be able to do much with it besides look cute but simply put the more time you have with a ball in your hands the more confident and capable you are going to be when you’re ready to lace it up. Beginner daily drills with as little as 5-10 minutes of repetition with focus on the fundamentals and incremental difficulty will go a long way!

Variations of the drills can include doing it both ways, increasing speed, setting a target and doing it with your eyes closed or without looking at the ball.

  • Ball circles – move the ball around your legs, waist and head, up and down your body as quick as you can.
  • Figure 8’s – move the ball between your legs whilst bending your knees in a low stance to create a figure 8.
  • Ball drops – dropping and catching the ball with alternating hands and front / back motions whilst the ball is between your legs.
  • So many more drills – just ask your coach or have a search on YouTube!


Learning the basics of eye-hand coordination with moving objects can only be a strength for all children (and adults) as they grow older. Starting at a young age the more time a player spends in motion with a ball in their hands, along with the correct technique, the quicker they will be able to navigate confidently around a basketball court with a ball. Often the lack of confidence in dribbling will be clear in players that maybe open but always look to pass it off to the nearest team mate. Frogs Basketball will help teach players the various correct techniques of controlled dribbling with their fingers, staying low and adding speed, lateral movement and variations to their dribbles as they progress. Players will hopefully go away and repeat what they learn at training up and down your drive way until the sun goes down.