‘Forty-Four’ Extends The Defense

The offense has an initial, marked advantage and it’s up to the defenders to slow the attack and even the odds

WHY USE IT
Offenses are taught to attack in transition when having the numbers. Teach your defenders never to give up on a play and if they hustle, there is a chance to stop an offense’s momentum and limit scoring.

SET UP
Four offensive players attack two defenders. The remaining team members of the initial offense are located on one sideline with the extra other team members on the opposite sideline.

HOW TO PLAY
Once the offense gets the ball across mid-court (via pass or dribble), two more defenders come into play. They must first touch the center circle then help their teammates. Be sure an initial defender communicates to the oncoming teammates how to get the four players guarded.

Play until a basket, turnover or defensive rebound [1]. The four defenders now become the offense and attack 4-on-2 in the opposite direction. Two new defenders enter once the call crosses mid-court [2].

Continue the drill playing out a 4-on-4 possession [3].

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TECHNIQUE
The drill is continuous and run it for four to eight minutes. Keep score based on your day’s emphasis (scores, stops, turnovers forced, etc.).