Being able to harass a ball-handler in the open court can make a huge difference on the defensive end of the floor. It keeps the ball handler occupied and unable to see open teammates and run offense. On the other hand, handling ball pressure as a point guard in basketball means so much to the offense and executing. One of the marks of a great point guard is executing even with intense ball pressure.
This defensive basketball drill will work on being able to pressure the ball, but it is also an offensive drill because it allows the ball handler to get used to handling extreme defensive pressure. This is a basketball drill that every point guard and primary ball-handler should be using. It is also a great drill to figure out who on your team is going to compete. As a basketball coach, you need to find the players who are willing to compete and put it all on the line, and basketball competition drills like this will allow you to do that.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Lane Line Ball Pressure Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and 2 players.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on being able to pressure the ball and also handle pressure as a ball handler.
- Go somewhere with your dribble and make sharp moves; no wasted dribbles.
- The defender needs to try and crowd the ball handlers’ space and force them where they want to go.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The ball handler will start under the basket on the baseline, and the defender will be 3 feet in front of them with the ball.
- When the drill starts, the defender will hand the offensive player the ball.
- From this point, the ball handler has 4 seconds to dribble past the free-throw line.
- However, they may not step outside the paint.
- If the defender contains the ball handler for 4 seconds or forces them to step out of bounds, they get the stop and a point.
- Usually, each player goes 4-5 times, rotating each time, and the player with the most stops wins.
- If you have more than two players, you can set it up as a line and reward the defensive player if they get a stop by allowing them to stay on defense again.
- If the offensive player beats the drill, they will go to defense, and the original defensive player would get back in line.