V-Dribble

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In this video we look at the v-dribble — sometimes called the cross-over dribble. This dribbling skill is used to transfer the ball from one hand to the other while maintaining your dribble. Usually you transfer the ball from one hand to the other before you move in a new direction but you can also do it to keep the ball away from a reaching defender. The v-dribble gets its name from the path followed by the ball. The ball starts in one hand, hits the court in the center of your body and bounces into the other hand.

In summary:

  1. begin in an athletic stance
  2. low dribble, non-dribble hand ready to receive
  3. at the top of the bounce point your fingers to the side and your hand to the outside of the ball
  4. push the ball down and to the center of your body
  5. receive the ball as it bounces upward into your other hand
  6. your fingers are pointed to the side and your hand on the outside of the ball
  7. at the top of the bounce rotate your fingers forward and your hand to the top of the ball as you push downward
  8. reverse the movement to v-dribble back to the first hand
  9. keep the v-dribble as low and quick as possible

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