Purpose: To teach fullcourt defensive tactics and improve conditioning. Also useful for the offensive player to work on dribbling in the full court.
Drill: Two players of approximately speed start on the free throw line.
The coach begins the drill by tossing the basketball off the backboard. Both players go after the ball once it leaves the coaches hand. The player who gains possession becomes the offensive dribbler and the other player becomes the defender.
The dribbler will attempt to go to the other end and score while the defender pressures him and attempts to stop him from scoring. When the offensive player shoots the ball, it becomes free again — whether he makes or misses. The player who gains possession breaks to the other end of the floor to attempt a shot.
The ball is free on each shot whether it goes in or not. Also, the defender may steal it at any time.
These two players continue until one of them scores 3 baskets. You can also set a time limit if necessary. When these two complete the drill, two new players take their place.
Coaching Tip: If you have an available basket, have the two players shoot free throws after they complete the drill. They will be tired and this will be a great time to shoot free throws while they are tired.