How Do You Dribble a Basketball?


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A basketball is dribbled by lightly bouncing it on the floor and repeating the action when the ball bounces back up to the hand. A properly inflated basketball and spread fingers ensures a good bounce while dribbling.

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Basketball players learn to dribble with both hands, not just their dominant hands. This allows the player to be flexible when playing on the offensive side. To be successful at dribbling, the player must not look down at the ball, but rather up at what's going on ahead of her on the court. In a basketball game, once a player starts to dribble, she cannot stop and start again. This is called double dribbling, and it results in a possession turnover.

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