We had been approached with the Dribble Stick product several times over the last year or so. We actually had seen it prior to being contacted and didn't think it was winner. If you aren't familiar with the Dribble Stick it is basically a stand with "sticks" protruding out that you can dribble under or jump over.
My first problem with the dribble stick is the fact the that is it primarily a stationary only dribbling tool. You must also learn to dribble on the move not just stationary. While the video for the Dribble Stick shows some on the move dribbling it is just simply not effective in this realm. The kids in the video blow right past the stick. A chair as a defender would be more effective.
So if you are doing stationary dribbling you are supposed to dribble below the sticks. The only dribbles that I see you can do with this are a crossover, in & out, and that's about it. You couldn't effectively go between the legs, there is no use for it with a behind the back wrap, and a host of other dribbles.
In the promo video they show chairs as part of lacking "the necessary tools" to teach your child to play basketball and then they put 3 or 4 dribble sticks out on the court that were no more effective than the chairs.
I could go on but let me bottom line this product out.
- If you make sure to dribble the ball below your knees you don't need this product. Touch your knee on each crossover dribble and you'll be low enough.
- Turn a chair face down so that the back of the chair is in the air. Just dribble under the back of the chair and it has the same effect as the dribble stick but you just didn't spend over $80 for it.
- You can only dribble under the stick for a few dribble moves.
- The jumping part of this product you could just jump over lines on the court, over a cone, or just about anything without having to pay $80 for this.
- It is not effective with on the move dribbles. Watch any video online and a chair or cone would be just as effective.