Battle Into The Paint

Work on closeouts, catching drives, guarding the ball, getting chest stops, keeping the ball out of the paint and driving into the paint under control

WHY USE THIS OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE BASKETBALL DRILL
This is a competitive drill for the offense and the defense. The goal is simple – dribble the ball into the paint (offense) or keep it out (defense). It’s a simple task requiring great effort.

SET UP
The ball is under the hoop with a line of players behind him out of bounds. There is a player on both wings and at the top of the key.

HOW TO PLAY
Action begins with a pass to the left wing. The passer closes out under control [1]. The goal for the dribbler is to get both feet into the painted area using dribble penetration. Do this and earn a point. If the defender stops him, he gets the point. Once a point is awarded a pass is made to the top and the next player in line under the hoop closes out. The passer relocates to the end of the line under the hoop. The defender circles back to the wing he just guarded [2]. The action continues at the top until a point is earned, then a pass is made to the right wing and the next person closes out [3].

Dribbling drill

TECHNIQUE
Here are the rotations: the left wing always passes to the top; the top passes to the right wing; and the right wing skips the ball to the left wing.

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