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Basketball Defensive Drills - 3-on-3 full court (2-dribbles with no lobs)

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The drill is a full court drill used to teach covering the used dribble and denying the pass after a cover call.


Three players are on offense trying to bring the ball the length of the floor against three defensive players. The offensive players may not use more than two dribbles each time they touch the ball. They may not throw the lob pass. They are attempting to take the ball the length of the floor and get off a good shot. The defense is trying to gain possession of the ball by forcing a turnover or stealing the ball. If the offense is successful at getting off the good shot, then they are allowed to bring the ball back on the return trip. If the defense is successful at forcing the turnover or stealing the ball, they are allowed to inbound the ball and bring it back on the return trip. Whichever team is on defense at the end of the return trip, will play defense against the next group.

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If the offense is successful in getting off the good shot, they are rewarded by getting to play offense on the return trip. If the defense is unsuccessful at gaining possession of the ball on either trip, then they must defend the next group. Make sure the defense is using good denial defensive technique and is not standing upright and running. I have the man covering the used dribble yell in the offensive mans face as loud as he can. I want him to have his nose on the defenders nose. He may count to five as he is yelling in an attempt to get the offensive man to panic and hurry his pass.




Pressuring used dribble, pass denial and conditioning


This basketball drill is licensed under a Creative Commons License. This drill is from Pål Degerstrøm at www.degerstrom.com/basketball.

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