3 Basketball Ball Handling Drills That Equal 1 Workout

Most young players get in the gym and have no idea where to start.  They want to be the best player they can be, but without any kind of plan they struggle to reach that goal.  Let me tell you now, that the first thing you should do everytime you enter the gym is to choose 3 or 4 basketball ball handling drills and complete them.  Why?  Because of a few reasons that I’ll cover in this article, and I’ll even give you a complete ball handling workout for you to use.

Starting with your ball handling drills double as a warmup.  Doing this allows you to get a feel for the ball and break a sweat before getting into the shooting and finishing portion of your workout.  I always start with a stationary ball handling drill because if I am cold there is no way I can go full speed up and down the court at that moment in time.  I then move on to a more complex full court drill, and then finish with a drill that allows me to work on adding a new move(s) to my game.  Keep reading to see what I mean.

Stationary Ball Handling Drill

I get questions all the time asking, “Are stationary basketball ball handling drills even beneficial?  What do they help?”  It’s true that you don’t really stand in one place and dribble the ball in a real game, but the point of stationary ball handling is to improve a few things:

  • The power/speed you can dribble the basketball
  • Help improve the control you have over the ball
  • Perfect the movement of the ball on certain moves

Here is a good example of a stationary ball handling drill I might do:


Full Court Ball Handling Drills

After I complete my stationary drills I would move on to a full court drill.  Normally these drills are also used as some of a warm up as I am still not 100% warm at this point.  So usually I would focus on a ball handling drill that is mostly in a straight line and doesn’t involve too much change of direction.

Here is a good example of a full court drill I might do:

Adding New Moves

I am always working to master certain dribble moves.  I always tell my players that they need 1 go to move and then work to find a couple more that they can rely on as well.  The ball handling drills that I use to add new moves usually involve some form of shooting as well.  The reason for this is because the move is used to create space and get an open shot, but if you can’t shoot or make a play out of the move then it is completely useless.

Here is an example of a drill that works to master new moves:

The next time you go the gym I advise you start your workout with these three basketball ball handling drills.  I think you’ll find that you not only get a good warmup doing so, but you will feel much more confident in your handles and in time you will improve your ball handling drastically.

Ball Handling Workout Summary

Stationary Cone Dribbling

  • Right to Left 50x (Both Hands)
  • Front to Back 50x (Both Hands)
  • Plus Sign 50x (Both Hands)
  • Repeat With 2 Balls

Ball On A String Drill

  • Crossovers in Fronts (Full Court and Back)
  • Through the Legs (Full Court and Back)
  • Behind the Back (Full Court and Back)

Lateral Space Double Crossovers

  • Through the Legs, Cross (Make 3 left and 3 right)
  • Switch Hands, Cross (Make 3 left and 3 right)
  • In N Out, Cross (Make 3 left and 3 right)


  • Cameron Miller

    Reply Reply April 2, 2015

    Hey, Augie can you please put back the description of the workouts and drills because I print them out and read them when I get to the gym, so put a worded description back in the workouts, drills, and motovation

    • Augie Johnston

      Reply Reply April 2, 2015

      I don’t understand what you mean. Send me an email and I’ll help you out.

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