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Basketball Post Drills - Post in the pit

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This drill teaches offensive post players how to use a defender's position effectively.


The two post players line up back-to-back at the front of the rim. Each player is facing a sideline. The three passers set up at the foul-line extended, the top of the key, and the other foul-line extended. The coach has the ball on the baseline.

When the coach passes the ball to one of the wings, the post on that side becomes the defender. The other post is on offense. The offensive post player cannot receive a pass until he or she calls "ball." The post player may also direct the movement of the ball by pointing at a perimeter passer who doesn't have the ball and calling "pass."

The offensive post attempts to seal the post defender in a position where he or she is best able to receive a pass. The posts play one-on-one in the paint until the offense scores or the defense rebounds or steals the ball. The offensive post may pass the ball back out to a perimeter player and re-post.

Number of Players:

Two post players and four passers (including coach).


Make the post defender expend more energy than you do on offense. Let the defender choose a side (half-front, full-front, or behind) and then seal. Allow the ball to come to you in your optimum position.


If you have enough players, you can add defenders to the perimeter passers to make the post entry pass more difficult.


Sealing a defender, directing the movement of the ball, post moves.


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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