Hand dribble stationary and moving forward


For this task, you’ll need:

  • 2 pylons (4 metres apart)
  • Basketball (or similar)


“I want you to dribble the ball three times at the first pylon, and then I want you to dribble from the first pylon to the next. Dribble the ball as best you can. So, dribble three times at the first pylon and then dribble the ball to the next pylon and stop. Ready? Dribble now. ” 

young boy dribbling a basketball in place

Rating System



Presence of numerous major gaps in execution

  • Unable to control the ball when stationary or moving
  • Hand-eye coordination is non-existent


Limited number of major gaps, but able to execute basic sequencing of the task

  • Able to control the ball when either stationary or moving (one or the other, but not both)
  • Hand-eye coordination is limited



     Basic level of execution with minor     sequencing errors

  • Able to control the ball when stationary and moving
  • Lacks fluid changes from stationary to moving and moving to stationary
  • Hand-eye coordination is adequate


     Overall proficiency is depicted by the     quality of the movements

  • Well-controlled dribble in place for each repetition
  • Exhibits a fluid change from stationary to moving
  • Body, lower limbs and upper body are synchronized
  • Hand-eye coordination is strong

Assessment Example

Frank coaches a junior basketball team. He works on skill development all through the season, but he believes it's particularly important to find out early on where the students are strong or weak in terms of their development so that he can structure practices accordingly.

On the first day, Frank always has his kids focus on dribbling. He has started following the PLAYfun Tool, and now does the hand dribble stationary & moving forward task. As the players go through the activity, Frank is shocked by how developed Kaz's dribbling skills are.

Whether stationary or moving between pylons, Kaz controls his dribble well. His shift from stationary to moving is smooth, and he keeps the ball close, even when he picks up speed. The ball never gets away from him, and he hardly ever has to reach for it. He dribbles between hands equally, and when in motion his whole body moves as one. Frank places a mark under “Proficient” near the “Competent” line.