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Basketball Transition Drills - Ambush

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Start with 6 players on defense and 6 on offense. 4 players on offense are put at stationary points on the court and aren't allowed to move except where they can pivot, the other two offensive players can go anywhere on the court. 2 defensive players are put at stationary points (usually down by the basket) and the other four can go anywhere on the court. The goal is for the offense to get the ball down the court and score using their stationary teammates to throw passes to.


The ball is inbound at one end of the court by the offense, the ball can be passed to any of the stationary players as long as they don't move their pivot foot. The defense tries to steal the ball and tries to 'ambush' the offensive duo. The ball is moved up the court and they can go Over and Back if they need to. They keep going until they score a basket. Remember you have 2 offensive players moving against 4 defensive players moving. Make sure the defense sets as many traps as they can. Every time the offense loses the ball, they start over.

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The goals of this drill are to emphasize passing as the key to breaking a press and to set effective traps.

This drill is very good because both teams really have to work to get a basket and to stop the score.

This is a good drill for young teams to get them used to trapping the right way.


The same offensive duo has to keep going until they get a score or an offensive rebound.

Players can be rotated so they aren't always stationary.

Give the offensive duo a limited # of tries to give others a chance.

Later on you can add push ups and sprints for failed attempts.


Press-breaking and Setting Traps


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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