Purpose: To work on scoring in an open court, one-on-one situation. Also simulates the point guard being tightly defended in a half-court situation. This is an excellent fast break drill, dribbling drill, and breakdown drill — teaching the dribbler to make quick and effective moves to score.
Drill: Begin with a line for dribblers at half court and follow these rules:
- The defender will begin no more than 10 feet away from the offensive player.
- The offensive player begins at the back of the center jump circle in the backcourt.
- The offensive player will only be allowed 4 seconds to take a shot.
- Within that 4 second limit, the ball must be shot inside the lane.
If a shot is taken outside the lane or not within 4 seconds, it is treated as a turnover and no score is given.
The defender who stops the offensive player gets one point. A scoring player gets two points. Play to score or for a timed period. As the coach, you can decide to rotate or go make-it-take-it.