Purpose: In a transition setting, little elements are overlooked within the big picture. For example, when players go 1 on 1 full court, the focus tends to be on sprinting down the court. As a result, players forget to block out prior to transitioning down the court. This drill stresses all areas of 1 on 1 defense and offense. Players are required to do the little things or they will be penalized accordingly. The elements used in this workout will numerous and can translate into better defensive all-around players. The 1 on 1 Gladiator Drill will also provide a vital conditioning component to your practice. This is great at the start of practice.
Drill: Have the players pair off according to size and speed and begin with two players on the free throw line. A coach or manager will toss the ball off the backboard while the two players block out and go aggressive to get the rebound.
The player who gains possession becomes the offensive player and the other player becomes the defender. The offensive player attempts to score by transitioning quickly to the other basket. The defensive player attempts to stop the offensive player.
If the defender stops a score (steal, defensive rebound, etc) he is allowed one trip to the other end for his own scoring opportunity — while the original offensive player now becomes a defender.
Note: This is true transition basketball. Get a stop and go! If desired, this drill can continue until someone scores. Following a score, a new group of two comes in. This is a great drill that covers many defensive aspects! The offensive player is also attempting to score in this drill, but the coaching focus should mainly be on defending the 1-on-1 transition.