Almost as far as you can get from the pound, as this is a fingertip drill. Again, feet are shoulder width apart on squares 3 and 4. Fingers are pointing forwards in this stationary drill and the ball is bouncing just outside the relevant foot.
The stance is slightly lower than Stationary Ball Drill 1 (avoid a bent back), but the ball bounces as low as possible: no higher than mid-calf for our smallest players. Most coaches of teenagers will talk about ankle height. Again, the same number – or more – should be attempted with the hand that the player is less confident using. That way, they will become more confident! When a player gets good at this, the ball rhythm is like a drum roll.
Development - Baby Dribbles Around Your Legs
A development of this is that the player dribbles the ball around their leg. Fingers are now pointing out as they guide the bouncing ball around the leg. The opposite hand can come into play to "collect" the ball as it passed between the legs.
The next development is figure of eight baby dribbles around each leg. This involves swapping hands.
Another development is the spider dribble. The video Basketball Dribbling Drills : The Spider Drill in Basketball on YouTube is good, because the coach doesn't do it perfectly.
Head Coach Trevor Gauntlett looks at some useful fitness exercises and drills for anyone with only a small space to practice basketball