Deny & Grind Full-Court Basketball Drill

Four teams, one basketball, non-stop action in the full-court setting – push players with this drill designed to test transition defense and conditioning.

WHY USE THIS DEFENSIVE BASKETBALL DRILL
Transition defense starts with denying the inbound pass on a made basket. It moves into challenging ball handlers while retreating.

SET UP
Divide your squad into four groups of two (shown by the different jersey colors in the diagrams).

HOW TO PLAY
White tries to score on Blue. White is allowed three passes and players only are allowed three dribbles [1]. Regardless of a made or missed shot by White, Blue takes the ball out of bounds. Red rushes the court and White, which transitions from offense to defense, face-guards Red while denying the inbound pass. No over-the-top passes are allowed and Red must catch the ball in front of White [2]. Once Red has the ball, those players push toward the other end of the floor with White defending. Blue moves to the sideline where Red originated. Play continues with Red shooting, then transitioning to defense against Green as White inbounds [3].

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TECHNIQUE
Award 5 points for a steal or 5-second call. If the defense steals, it tries to score immediately. Award 2 points for a basket, 3 points for a 3-pointer in all instances.

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