‘Alley’ Drill Tightens The Court

Push players using a 1-on-1, full-court setting and give the defense the advantage by trimming the boundaries to the free-throw-lane width

WHY USE IT
Defenders need to learn the best methods to guard a ball handler in a potential lengthof- the-court situation. Ball handlers never have the entire court at their disposal, so show defenders they have an advantage by squeezing the boundaries.

SET UP
The offensive player is not allowed to go outside the width of the key – this rule pertains to the entire floor length.

HOW TO PLAY
The first pair of players start the action. The ball handler’s goal is to beat the defender the length of the court while staying within the lane width [1]. The defender slides and cuts off angles wherever possible. The defender’s goal is to force the ball handler to pick up the dribble, or force a turnover by stealing the ball [2]. Once players reach the far basket (the offensive player attempts a shot when close enough), the next pair take to the floor [3].

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TECHNIQUE
“We want our players to think they always have the advantage on defense,” Shyatt says, which is why he likes this drill. Only using the “inner third” of the court places pressure on the offense.