‘Trap Passing’ Forces Quick Decisions

Passers are trapped by a pair of defenders — attacking and pivoting through the pressure are the keys to making a successful pass to a partner.


Traps are a part of the game. If your team or a specific player shows they can’t handle pressure, expect to see more of it. Practice against traps and pressure every day.


Two offensive and two defensive players are at a basket. One offensive player has a ball.


On the whistle, both defenders close out and trap the ball handler [1]. Without dribbling, the ball handler must find a way to get a clean pass to the partner. The partner snatches the ball out of the air and immediately gets it into a secure position as both defenders close out and trap [2]. The new ball handler faces the same task of not being allowed to dribble but pass to the partner while facing a double team [3]. Go back and forth like this for a specified amount of time, number of completed passes or number of turnovers forced by the defense.


The player with the ball attacks one trapper by pivoting through the pressure — no dribbling, no stepping to the side and no holding the ball over the head. This changes the level of the trappers and takes away the defense’s 2-on-1 advantage.

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