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March 8 – It’s Supposed to Be Fun

Offseason Ballhandling
by Rick Torbett

Rick TorbettOnce the season is over, most players want to take a little time, perhaps a few days or more, to recuperate from the daily practice and game schedule. But once a player has “unwound”, how does he or she recover the love and joy of basketball that will propel them to get better in the off-season?  I have a suggestion:

Forget about “working” on your game for a little while and have some fun with ballhandling. Most players have a new dribble, a new “trick”, or a new move with the ball that they want to add to their game. There’s a lot of satisfaction awaiting any player who sees themselves getting better and adds a weapon to their repertoire! If you’re not sure about what you’d like to add to your ballhandling, then I suggest you look through the 30 workouts and 200 drills in our Better Ballhandling DVD (see discount below).

Could you hit the weight-room, get stronger, and feel good about yourself? Of course, and I hope you do, but that takes time.

Could you add a new shot and/or increase your shooting percentage? Of course and I hope you do, but that takes quite a bit of time as well.

But adding a new wrinkle to your ballhandling can take very little (relative) time, it can stir your creative juices and bring back the joy of the game that you had in the first place. Creativity is the key:

  • Dribble up and down steps
  • Dribble on handrails
  • Dribble with 2 balls
  • Dribble from class to class

Try “Urban Dribbling”: This is where you dribble off every object you can while weaving your way down a street, a path, an alley, a playground, etc.

And by the way, EVERYBODY can use a better handle on the ball!


Hardwood Hustle Podcast:
Chillin’ with ESPN’s Jay Williams (Part 1)

Jay Williams - ESPNIn Episode #34 of the Hardwood Hustle Basketball Podcast, Alan Stein (Stronger Team) and Adam Bradley (Ball Hogs Radio) headed to Bristol, CT to sit down with ESPN basketball analyst and former NBA player (Chicago Bulls) Jason Williams to talk life and talk hoops. They dove deep into questions like:

  • How did you find the strength to recover from your motorcycle accident?
  • What’s next for you career wise? Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
  • What are your current views on the youth basketball development model in the US?
  • Are today’s high school player’s better/worse then they were 15 years ago?
  • If you could change anything about today’s college basketball game, what would it be?



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For the rest of March, you can take 25% Off our best selling Better Ballhandling video in DVD or DVD+DVD format.

Use coupon code MMBALL25 at checkout. When March ends, so does this discount!



Full Time-Out with Rick Torbett @RickTorbett

This Full-Time-Out is the video version of the audio played at the end of the Hardwood Hustle Podcast with Jay Williams above. Listen for new Full Time-Out at the end of each episode of the Hardwood Hustle! 

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Rick Torbett has taught thousands of coaches to win more games through his innovative approach to the game. He has created powerful training for coaches at any level so they can coach their best and win more games.

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