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Basketball Defensive Drills - Perfect Defensive Trip

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A coach times the possesion with a stop watch.

Demands 35 seconds of foul free defense without allowing a basket or offensive rebound. Forces players to communicate, challenge shots and rebound.

This is a man to man defensive drill in the half court.


Place five players on defense and five on offense.

The offensive team must begin the possesion up top and enter the ball via a down screen or high ball screen.

The defense must not allow a basket or commit a foul for 35 seconds. If the defense forces a miss and grabs the defensive rebound(or makes a clean steal) the clock stops. If for example there are 15 seconds left on the clock when the rebound is secured, the play restarts up top with now only 15 seconds left. If the defense gets a stop and rebound(or steal) with 10 seconds or less on the clock , the offense inbounds the ball under the basket and the defense must defend an inbounds play.

Any foul and the clock resets at 35. Any offensive rebound or score, the clock also resets.

Number of Players:

5 on offense vs 5 on defense


A steal is considered the same as a missed shot and successful defensive rebound.

You will find players talking more than you ever have before, especially if they get stuck on defense for a couple of possesions in a row. This is a very intense drill.


To improve offensive play, you can allow no more than two dribbles. This forces effective use of the dribble along with hard cutting and solid screens to get open.


Great drill for defensive communication, pursuit of rebounds and loose balls with a reckless abandon. If you want your players to become more physical, this drill will do it every time!


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