Purpose: To practice and develop decision-making abilities in a full speed game situation. Offensive players will also work on scoring when a basket is needed. Defensive players will work on stopping the offense from scoring when that is needed. Also a great drill to improve conditioning.
Drill: Divide your squad into 2 teams, with 5 players from each team on the court (5 offense vs. 5 defense). The teams will play a normal full court game of 5 on 5 with one exception … each time they gain possession of the basketball, they have 10 seconds to score.
To keep track of each 10-second ‘shot clock’, use your shot clock, game clock, or have a coach/manager call out the time. It is ‘continuous’ because the entire drill time should be between 3 to 5 minutes long.
There are 2 main objectives with this drill. 1) The team objective is to score more points than the other team and 2) the individual objective is to stay in the drill for the entire 3 to 5 minutes. Coaches tip: If a player is not sprinting from end to end, substitute him out of the drill. Players that are subbed out should understand that they are not in good physical condition.
- Perform this drill at or near the end of practice. If players are tired, it will be even more challenging.
- Players should transition quickly — that is, sprinting between the 3-point lines.
- Players with stamina and determination will be more effective.
- Players should make good decisions and judgements, even though they will be tired.
- Remember, this a game-like situation — make the players aware they have to be that much more focused.
- Require at least one pass to be made after the offense has crossed halfcourt. Incorporate this if you notice most every shot is being taken off the dribble (or, instruct your defense to ‘stop the ball’!).
- Perform drill with no dribbling allowed. This is obviously much more challenging. Just perform drill in same manner but any time the ball is dribbled or a shot is not taken in the time allowed, have the player set the ball down so the defense can grab it and convert to offense.