Basketball Beginner’s Drill: Drop & Grab

The following drop and grab tips are for beginners who want to master the art of dropping and grabbing the ball. You will find plenty of uses for these tips during drills and practice, too.


Drop and Grab Uses

But first, let’s take a look at the ways that the term “drop and grab” is applied in the game. In dribbling, the term refers to a drill that develops hand-eye coordination and strength.

  • Dribble a ball with one of your hands as hard as you can.
  • Extend your other arm fully.
  • Continually drop the ball and then catching or grabbing it as it falls.
  • Repeat the process with opposite hands.

Dribble a ball with one of your hands as hard as you can. Extend your other arm fully. Continually drop the ball and then catching or grabbing it as it falls. Repeat the process with opposite hands.

In basketball rules, the term can also apply when a player drops the ball and catches it. During a fumble, you may not be in full control of the ball. You may have fumbled the ball for two reasons – you unintentionally dropped it or it slipped from your grasp.

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The underlying thing here is that you accidentally lost ball control.In this case, you will not be called out for a traveling violation. You can recover the ball without violating the rules since any steps taken during its recovery isn’t considered a violation.

This is true regardless of the distance travelled by the ball and the amount of advantage gained by the team.You can legally recover a fumble even when it’s at the end of a dribble. But don’t abuse it because there are rules related to it, too.

For example, you cannot begin a new dribble. This will constitute a double dribble violation. In case you fumble a ball when receiving a pass, you can also start a dribble. There will be no violation of the rules.

The bottom line: Practice in game-like situations. You will know the rules and regulations about dropping and catching the ball by heart. Your muscle memory will also know them so that the motions become second nature to you.

Drop and Grab Tricks

Drops drills should be part of your ball handling drills. The more you know drops, the more control you can exert on the ball. The fumbles committed on court can even be reduced with these drills. This is an example of such drills.

  • Place the ball between your feet.
  • Grab it with both of your hands.
  • Start by placing your left hand behind your left leg. Place your right hand in front of your right leg.
  • Drop the ball to let it bounce once.
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    Using quick movements, move your right hand behind your right leg and your left hand in front of your left leg. You’re changing the position of each hand relative to each leg.
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    Catch the ball with your hands on its upward bounce.
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    Drop the ball again and let it bounce once.
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    Switch your hands to their original positions.

Repeat the movements as many times as possible. You can make it more challenging by catching the ball before it hits the floor. This exercise will develop your quick reflexes and hand coordination.

These are valuable qualities in ball handling that can be applied in game situations.You will not develop these qualities overnight. Like all ball-related skills, you have to pour in time and effort into the drills before their benefits can be felt.Grabbing the balls is arguably the more important skill.


This is because your grabbing skills will affect your rebounding skills.The importance of rebounding cannot be overemphasized. First, very few teams and players will sink 50% of their first attempts.

Even in the elite NBA circles, the teams are only in the 43% range!Second, grabbing rebounds mean getting ball possession. In case of a defensive rebound, you have the opportunity to score on the other end.

In case of an offensive rebound, you’re given another chance at ball possession and scoring. Keep in mind that offensive rebounds have double benefits, too. You have additional ball possession is a given.

You also gained it without giving the opposing team the opportunity to score at your expense. The number of ball possession is also of utmost importance in your offense.

The higher the number, the less efficient your offense can be. The higher the number, the lower the shooting percentage you can aim for to get the same number of points.

Of course, this isn’t saying that you should be complacent in your offense. But it does turn the game more in your favor. How can players become effective and efficient rebounders? There are three essential things.



Paul Silas, Bill Russell, and Udonis Haslem - these are just a few of the best rebounders in NBA history. They didn’t get their reputation because of their strength and size. They get it because of their knowledge about the game and its players.




The rebounding skills are simple on the surface. You must prepare your hands to block out and grab the ball. But these skills demand plenty of practice with drills and game-like situations. A few of the drills used in improving rebounding skills include:

  • McHale taps
  • Bangs
  • 2 on 2 box drills

You will find that these drills will put your hands up in preparation for blocking and grabbing the ball.



You must have the balls to go after the ball! You have to grab for it again and again even when the odds seem near-impossible of getting it. Your determination will pay off, whether it’s a defensive or an offensive rebound.

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Final Words

Dropping and grabbing the ball takes knowledge and skill to carry out. You must know the rules and regulations about dropping and grabbing on court first. You should then follow it up with the drills to build up your skills.

Drop and catch strategies on court are among the most effective, when used in the proper manner. You and your coach should work on increasing your knowledge and skills in these areas. You will find that your rebounding skills improve and, thus, your shooting percentages increase.

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