Purpose: To develop toughness and to prepare players against double-teaming and pressure situations.
Drill: Two defenders (X4, x5) start just outside the lane. A third defender (x1), starts at the top. O3 starts at about the free throw line while O1 starts at the top of the key. A coach has the basketball.
When the coach shoots the basketball, O3 goes in after the rebound. X4 and x5 allow O3 to secure the rebound and then immediately harass and doubleteam him.
As O3 secures the rebound, O1 cuts to get open so he can receive an outlet pass from O3.
Coaching Points: O3 can certainly make use of the dribble to clear space, but his objective is the outlet pass to O1. O3 will not start dribbling downcourt. O1 must work to get open. Also, this is a toughness drill for the offensive players. Therefore, the defenders should work very hard to give intense pressure.
- When O1 receives the outlet pass, have him dribble down in a 1-on-1 fullcourt situation against his defender and attempt to score.
- Have both offensive players break downcourt to score against the 3 defenders.
- NOTE: Those options can be incorporated but make sure that when you use this drill, you are focusing first on the main purpose — to improve the ability to handle intense pressure. Only build in these variations when the players have developed the initial skill of handling and beating the pressure/doubleteam.