In sports, dribbling is maneuvering of a ball by a single player while moving in a given direction, avoiding defenders' attempts to intercept the ball. Such control may be exercised with the legs (e.g., association football), hands (basketball and handball), stick (bandy, field hockey, and ice hockey) or swimming strokes (water polo). A successful dribble will bring the ball past defenders legally and create opportunities to score.
1 Association football 2 Basketball
2.1 Basic types of dribbling
3 Water polo 4 Related skills 5 See also 6 References
In association football, a dribble is one of the most difficult ball
skills to master and one of the most useful attacking moves. In
typical game play, players attempt to propel the ball toward their
opponents' goal through individual control of the ball, such as by
dribbling (the usage of technical maneuvers).
A skilful dribbler is often hard to dispossess; unsuccessful tackles
(which do not reach the ball) may result in a useful free kick
situation and a reprimand for the offender in the form of a penalty
Early references to dribbling come from accounts of medieval football
games in England. For example,
Far left: Navy player attempts to dribble past Army defender; Left
In basketball, dribbling is the legal method of advancing the ball by
oneself, as opposed to passing it to another player or shooting for
the basket. It consists of bouncing the ball on the floor continuously
with one hand while walking or running down the court.
James Naismith's original rules said nothing about dribbling, merely
stating that passing the ball was the legal way of advancing it.
Players soon developed the strategy of "passing to themselves", which
Naismith himself both endorsed and admired for its ingenuity, and
which evolved into the dribble as it is known today. The first known
team to dribble was
Styles of dribbling in basketball
A normal dribble, usually when there are no nearby defenders to steal the ball.
Keeping the ball low to the floor, thus decreasing the area between the hand and the floor, making it more difficult to steal.
Attacker (7) advances the ball by dribbling
In water polo, dribbling is the technique of moving the ball while swimming forward. The ball is propelled ahead of the player with the wake created by alternating armstrokes, and often accompanied by occasional nudges using the nose or forehead. Since ball contact is minimal, this creates advantage for the ball carrier advancing the ball; the defender may not make contact unless the attacker is touching the ball. Using short, and rapid arm strokes with high elbows, the dribbling player is often able to shield the ball from tackling attempts by the opposing team, particularly those chasing from behind or approaching adjacently. This aggressive defensive technique ensures any tackling attempts, successful or not, risk potential injury as the turbulent elbow motion is considered legal by FINA, and so a defending player must avoid contact in his attempts to steal the ball from the dribbler. Related skills The requirement that a player perform a specialist skill in order to be allowed to run with the ball is common and necessary in many sports. Introducing these skills prevents players from taking the ball in hand and running the length of the field unchallenged. In this way, the dribbling is related to:
the solo in Gaelic football, kicking the ball to oneself while running the bounce in Gaelic football, bouncing the ball on the ground and back to oneself while running the running bounce in Australian rules football, bouncing the ellipsoidal ball on the ground and back to oneself while running
Glossary of association football
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