Basketball Drills: The Crossover Tournament Drill

Boost your stationary ball-handling skills this basketball season with a little help from your friends.

Want to get past your defender? Fool them with a quick series of crossovers. According to basketball camp director and college coach Donnie Arey, one way to work on your stationary crossovers is to compete against your friends and teammates with the Crossover Tournament drill. Get out of your comfort zone by pounding the ball hard, putting together complex crossover combos and creating some friendly competition with your teammates.

To begin, face your teammate, but make sure you have a few feet of space between you. Have another teammate keep track of time while you and your partner do as many crossovers as you can before time’s up. You can do whatever kind of crossovers you want, including regular, between the legs and behind the back.

Once you start, you’ll want to keep track of how many times the ball hits the court as you perform each crossover. These bounces will count as “points.” When the time is up, tally your totals and whoever has the most, wins.

The great thing about this drill is that you can do it as many times as you want and for as long as you want. You can even do it solo. It only takes about 30 seconds to one minute and is a great way to change things up during practice.

Looking for more basketball drills to help improve your ball-handling skills? Try the Cross-Walk Drill and the Move That Ball Drill.