PGC Fast Break: Ladder Ball-Handling

This drill offers a fresh way to work on this fun­da­men­tal skill: ball-handling.

PGC Fast Break: Ladder Ball-Handling

This drill offers a fresh way to work on this fun­da­men­tal skill: ball-handling.

Great ball-han­dling is absolute­ly cru­cial. Upping your team’s ball-han­dling skills gives you the flex­i­bil­i­ty to trust any play­er on the court at any giv­en time — it’s the dif­fer­ence between an aver­age team going through the motions and an amaz­ing squad pulling ahead ear­ly. The lat­est install­ment in our PGC Basketball drill series offers a fresh way to work on this fun­da­men­tal skill.

Ladder Ball-Handling

As your play­ers move through this work­out, they’ll face three vary­ing lev­els of difficulty:

  • Level 1: Two Feet In
  • Level 2: The Ickey Shuffle
  • Level 3: The Scissor Step

This drill’s main focus­es is ball-han­dling, but it also pro­vides ath­letes a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to work on footwork.

It’s impor­tant to make sure that every play­er is push­ing them­selves, regard­less of what lev­el they’re run­ning — that could mean jump­ing to the next lev­el, upping the pace, or demand­ing more pow­er in the dribble.

Training just out­side an athlete’s com­fort zone will push them toward break­through per­for­mances. Soon enough, the ini­tial adjust­ments will start to feel slow, and play­ers will be well-pre­pared for game speeds.

Like what you see? Don’t miss the oth­er drills in this series — The GauntletOne-Minute FinishOutlet and FinishCommunication DefenseBall Screen ReadsAttack the Closeout, and Post Four Deep.

As with all the drills in this series, we’d love your feed­back! Comment below to let us know what you thought of Ladder Ball Handling. For addi­tion­al train­ing tips and videos from PGC Basketball, vis­it their YouTube chan­nel or find them on Facebook and Twitter.