In the quest for finding the perfect birthday present for our nearly 10-year-old, we have come across Dribble Up. They have created the BEST BASKETBALL GIFT for both kids and adults.
It looks just like a Basketball with a stand. Well, it is, BUT with the free app, it turns into an amazing smart basketball trainer.
Disclosure – this Dribble Up Basketball was sent free of charge in return for an honest review.
Dribble Up Basketball
The basketball is a bright yellow colour and really good quality. I especially love it as you can play with it either inside or outside. Of course, my preference is outside, as I absolutely hate ball playing in the house.
They also have created a similar ball for football, but as Freddie is all about Basketball, this is the one we have reviewed. If the Dribble Up Football is as good as this Basketball gift I would also highly recommend this too.
Dribble Up Basketball App
In my opinion, the app is very basic. However, I am not sure it needs to be anything else. It can be downloaded on both Android and Apple which is great. So for us we can either use it on our Ipad or if we are out and about we can just use my phone. There are six different programs:
Foundations – which is a beginner course where you can build up your dribbling skills in a 7-day program
Beginner Basics – This is a course for absolute beginners, and again is a 7-day program
Right Hand Focus – Great for power and precision
Left Hand Focus – a 7-day program focussing on left-hand dribbling
30 Day Program – This is an intermediate course, and includes dribbling practice and helps improve your Basketball game.
Quick Hands – this is for Basketball experts where it teaches you to increase your ball speed. It is a 14-day program.
You don’t need to take the 7, 14 or 30 days to complete the programs though as you can just move on to the next day when you are ready.
Smart Basketball Training
This is super simple to work. What worries me with things like this (technology generally freaks me out – I am over 40 so it’s allowed to!) is that it is hard to get started. But this really is easy. You download the Dribble Up app and it tells you what to do. Trust me if I could work it out the first time you will too.
You put the stand on the floor, rest your ipad or phone on the stand. Hold your ball about 3-4 feet away from the device so it can scan it. And you are good to go.
The virtual trainer on the screen shows you what to do and then the timer starts and it’s your go. As you can see above you have to hit the ball in the green circles on the screen. It shows you how many reps you got, and at what speed.
Freddie has only been playing basketball for a couple of weeks, so this is fantastic. He did try the intermediate and expert programs but of course, these were way too difficult for now. However, I can see him using this smart basketball trainer for years to come.
Where to buy the Best Basketball Gift?
Currently, Dribble Up only ships the basketball to the USA at a cost of $99.99. You can get your very own smart basketball here. The smart football though does ship to the UK.
Competition to Win a Dribble Up Basketball
I have a Junior sized Dribble up Basketball to offer for a competition. This will be a perfect basketball gift for any basketball lover. Please note though, this is a Junior sized basketball (28.5″) which is suitable for women or children under the age of 13.
To enter please follow the options on the Raffelcopter competition below. This is for UK and USA entrants only.
The competition will run for a month and the winner will be announced within a week of the competition closing. The last date to enter the competition is 27th October 2019.a Rafflecopter giveaway