Awhile back, I posted a top 5 list about the essential skills of wheelchair basketball. One of those skills was dribbling.
Some of you might think, “Oh, William. I already learned about dribbling from your very informative post. I can handle the ball with the best of them.”
Trust me, you can’t.
There is a whole science devoted to this one skill, and simply stating its importance in a game does not do it justice.
For instance, when a player is dribbling a basketball in a game, he or she should always keep the ball away from the defender at all times. Also, the offensive player should dribble the ball between the wheel and the elbow.
Here are some examples:
In the picture on the left, the reader will see the correct way to dribble and handle the ball. In the photo, Michael Atkins is keeping the ball away from the defender.
Additionally, he keeps the ball at a 90-degree angle; the ball is bouncing straight up and down, and it is meeting his hand after each bounce.
It is not too far away from his hand where he cannot get it, nor is it too close to his wheel where the ball could hit the rim and he could lose the ball.
In the picture on the right, the reader will see the incorrect way to handle the ball. the ball handler, Darius Kolar (right), has the ball right in front of the defender, where he can steal it.
If anyone is still confused about dribbling while pushing, watch this YouTube video below on dribbling in wheelchair basketball, which was posted by the channel, Expertvillage.
If you want some more information on dribbling in wheelchair basketball, watch this video below, which was done by yours truly:
I hope you learned a little bit more about the intricacies of dribbling in wheelchair basketball. Leave a comment or question below. Don’t forget to like the post!