The Best Basketball Gift for Kids from Dribble Up

23 September 2019 56 Comments
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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. There may be affiliate links included in this post.

Dribble Up Basketball – The Best Basketball Gift

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.

Dribbleup Basketball smart trainer

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

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

Dribble Up Smart Basketball

Beginner Basics – This is a course for absolute beginners, and again is a 7-day program

Right Hand Focus – Great for power and precision

Dribble Up Basketball app

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.

Dribble Up App

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.

Dribble Up Basketball Trainer

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.

The best basketball gift for kids and adults from Dribble Up #basketball #basketballgift

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.

The best basketball gift from Dribble Up

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
How to practice basketball at home with a virtual trainer from Dribble UP #basketball #smartbasketball

Last Updated on 7 July 2021 by homeschoolof1


I am Clare, a homeschooling mom from the UK but now homeschooling in Florida with my 11 year old son.

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  • Iain Maciver 23 September 2019 at 3:43 pm

    perfect for my nephew

  • tracyknixon 23 September 2019 at 5:11 pm

    To my two sons as they both love ball games!

  • Peter Watson 23 September 2019 at 6:14 pm

    I’d give this to my grandson who loves basketball.

  • Stuart Hargreaves 23 September 2019 at 6:25 pm

    MY Nephew hes at the age when he would enjoy it

  • Karen Barrett 23 September 2019 at 6:28 pm

    My grandchildren, perfect for when they come to visit Grandma

  • Solange 23 September 2019 at 7:27 pm

    My son as he loves basketball.

  • jules eley 23 September 2019 at 8:36 pm

    My son, he loves basketball but gets frustrated that his technique is not good enough.

  • Kathleen marsden 23 September 2019 at 10:29 pm

    To our grandson who is 9 and always playing with his basketball. This would really help his technique.

  • Ruth Harwood 24 September 2019 at 8:03 am

    My niece would love this!!

  • Vincent Walker 24 September 2019 at 9:55 am

    my youngest daughter, she is in the netball team at school and also plays netball at the local community center, but she is a massive basketball fan, I know she would love to use this to improve her skills.

  • katie robertson (@Ilovecompstoo) 24 September 2019 at 11:39 am

    To my son as he loves basketball

  • Annabel Greaves 24 September 2019 at 12:43 pm

    My two kids would really love this x

  • clair downham 24 September 2019 at 12:50 pm

    my son would love this as he loves basket ball

  • Sue McCarthy 24 September 2019 at 5:19 pm

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity

  • Karen Usher 24 September 2019 at 9:41 pm

    I would give this to both my children to share, my son was just telling me the other day that he wishes the school would do Basketball as a sport more often.

  • Sean Eccles 25 September 2019 at 8:35 am

    I would give it to my daughter she is mad about sports and would love this it looks like great fun for the whole family to get involved on šŸ™‚

  • Susan B 25 September 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Our middle child would most enjoy it and share a game with friends.

  • Christina Gould 26 September 2019 at 5:17 am

    I would give this smart basketball to my friend’s son because he’d enjoy playing with it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Courtney H. 26 September 2019 at 5:34 am

    My niece. She loves basketball!

  • Jenny Barker 27 September 2019 at 10:46 am

    For my 9 year old son George this looks perfect for him to try on his own he has an older 14year old brother who currently is being a teenager and not wanting to play sport with his younger brother so think this would cheer him up :0)

  • sparklepants3 27 September 2019 at 2:41 pm

    I would give this to the boys! They would love it!

  • richardtyler4362 27 September 2019 at 5:12 pm

    To my 2 boys, they’d have so much fun

  • Angela Treadway 29 September 2019 at 5:28 pm

    my two sons so they can wear a bit of energy off lol x

  • Margaret Gallagher 29 September 2019 at 7:57 pm

    The boys next door – perfect Christmas gift for the family – they will be delighted

  • Joanne Benham 30 September 2019 at 12:29 pm

    I would give it to my son, he’s just got into basketball and loves it.

  • Twirlywhirly 30 September 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Would gift this to my grandsons, they love the outdoors & sports so great to them active

  • jodie w 2 October 2019 at 6:50 pm

    My son loves playing basketball, this would be amazing for him (one to put on the christmas list)

  • Darlene Carbajal 3 October 2019 at 7:59 pm

    My nephew will enjoy this so much!

  • CLAIRE WOODS 6 October 2019 at 1:36 pm

    My son Samuel because he would love it.

  • Ursula Hunt 7 October 2019 at 11:51 am

    I would give this prize to my grandson who loves playing outside

  • Katie Skeoch 10 October 2019 at 4:04 pm

    My eldest son, he loves his sport, football and basketball!

  • paula cheadle 20 October 2019 at 7:24 am

    My son and grandson because the both love ball games

  • Claire Hennighan 20 October 2019 at 3:05 pm

    What a great idea! My 10 year old son would love one of these!

  • lorraine kirk 21 October 2019 at 1:00 pm

    My son because he loves to be outside and I think we’v got just enough space for this

  • Samantha O'D 22 October 2019 at 6:36 pm

    My daughter, she enjoys playing outside and has been doing a ball bouncing challenge for school

  • spuddy11 24 October 2019 at 2:49 pm

    l would give it to my grandson he loves basketball

  • Troy Easton 24 October 2019 at 3:39 pm

    My Brother because he loves basketball and is would be good for him to help him learn.

  • Kim Neville 25 October 2019 at 2:37 pm

    My son would enjoy playing with this as likes basketball and keeps him active šŸ™‚

  • piperanddaisy 25 October 2019 at 6:23 pm

    I’d give this to Daisy. She loves to take a basketball round to the court in the local park and try desparately to shoot it through the goalpost

  • Patricia Avery 25 October 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I’d give this to one of my grandsons who loves anything to do with balls

  • Kirsty Taylor 25 October 2019 at 10:58 pm

    I’d give this to my daughter – she’s just started playing netball with a view to playing Basketball tomorrow.

  • lynn neal 25 October 2019 at 11:14 pm

    My grandsons would share this!

  • Emma England 26 October 2019 at 8:47 am

    I would give this to my son as he has just started playing basketball and is enjoying it.

  • Sarah Roberts 26 October 2019 at 5:17 pm

    My grandkids would love it, great to get them outside and active looks great fun as well

  • Petra 26 October 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Amazing prize! Great prize

  • toziesite 26 October 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Iā€™d give it to my son who is basketball crazy lives sleeps eats basketball p

  • Maria J (@mariajkknight) 26 October 2019 at 10:28 pm

    I would love to surprise my 9 year old son with this! Him and his dad often head up-to the local park to have a go at shooting hoops, i’d love for him to get some practice in before they next go so he can show his dad up with his new found skills!

  • Claire Willmer 27 October 2019 at 12:04 am

    I would give this to my eldest daughter it seems the perfect way to practice what she enjoys!

  • Jennifer Toal 27 October 2019 at 7:20 am

    My step daughter whom is sporty

  • Sarah Parker 27 October 2019 at 7:44 am

    my kids would love this

  • Sharon Lou Johnson 27 October 2019 at 9:14 am

    My new adopted little boy x

  • Geri Gregg 27 October 2019 at 9:14 am

    I would give this to my nephew as he likes sports

  • cathryn1 27 October 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Perfect for my daughter Ava

  • Kayla Klontz 27 October 2019 at 4:20 pm

    I would give this to my son, he wants to learn so bad and I think this would be the perfect tool for him!

  • bex allum 27 October 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I’d give this to my daughter, she loves basketball.

  • ellie spider 27 October 2019 at 11:04 pm

    this would be great for my nephew to improve is skills

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