‘Tight Spaces’ Drill Gets Players Out Of Trouble

Even teams with the best spacing principles get caught in a tight area, practice using pass fakes, quick pivots and an occasional bounce pass to escape

WHY USE IT
Talk spacing with your team all you want but there is going to come a time when players are bunched together near the sideline or baseline… and they need to know the best movements to get the ball free.

SET UP
The offensive players must stay below the free-throw-line area on just one side of the court (as shown by the brown dotted lines). The sideline and baseline remain as out-ofbounds areas, which creates a small box in which to operate.

The offensive players are not allowed to dribble [1].

HOW TO PLAY
Quick decisions and ball movement are the keys for the ball handlers. The offense passes the ball around utilizing shot fakes, pass fakes and quick pivots to gain a slight advantage on the defenders, and create enough space to move the ball [2].

When a player does break free and moves toward the hoop, he or she must remain on the designated side of the court and hoop, which cuts down on scoring angles [3].

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TECHNIQUE
Players will find bounce passes are effective in this tight setting. Award the offense a point for each completed pass and two points for a basket.