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Basketball Defensive Drills - Chase and Press Drill

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#1 has ball on end-line and dribbles to opposite end for lay-up at full speed. #2 and #3 chase him after waiting two seconds and try to pressure him to miss lay-up. On the made lay-up #2 becomes the inbounds passer, #3 becomes the pass receiver and #1 must deny #3 the ball. Ball must be in-bounded below the foul line and they play 2-on-1 the other way. As soon as ball is in-bounded the next group goes.

When you add the #4 player he chases and now guards the in-bounder after the first made lay-up and will trap the first pass, then play 2 on 2 live.

When you add player #5 it becomes a 2 on 2 out of bounds denial with no pressure on the in-bounder and they play 3 on 2 once the ball is in-bounded.


When adding the 4th and 5th player the next group can't go until the first group takes a shot. Allow only one shot per possession to keep drill moving.

Number of Players:

start with 3, then add 4th and then add 5th


Defensively -- teach communication, denial, pressure but contain ball, if beaten turn and run inside of the ball and get back in front of him.

Offensively -- teach the pass receiver to put his lead leg in between the defenders legs, dip shoulder, turn and spin to get open, Don't dance to get open. Play under control, hit the open man ahead and finish the break.




Ball pressure, full court denial, ball handling


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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