Game Awareness and Ball Handling

As I watched a group do a simple ball-handling game, I realized an unintended consequence. Because of space constraints, I played one big game rather than several small games, and used multiple balls to increase the activity. When I added the third ball, things really got interesting. The third ball (with 15 players) really forced all the players to be aware of their surroundings. Players turned their backs, lost sight of one of the ball handlers and suddenly were tagged without ever seeing the player who tagged him. With younger players, and more players, the drill worked even better.

By Brian McCormick
Brian McCormick Basketball
Author, Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development
Director of Coaching, Playmakers Basketball Development League

2 thoughts on “Game Awareness and Ball Handling

  • Becoming a good ball handler and having a good awareness of your surroundings will help you excel in the game. A good basketball coach will be able to identify some of the weakness and help you improve it.

  • This is a good one. Keeps everyone active. Sometimes I start counting from ten to zero and when time is up those who has the ball has to do something like two squats with balls. There is lot off close calls that way and the effort gets a bit up 🙂

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