The Importance of the Back Up Dribble and How It Reduces Turnovers Against Pressure.
How many times have you seen a player dribble up into a trap andů
Try to dribble through the trap
Throw the ball away
I'm sure you see this quite often and more times than not, the results are not good.
With the player's and coach's goal of advancing the ball, we sometimes forget the old saying, "Sometimes, you need to take 2 steps backwards in order to take 3 steps forward."
Let's go back to the first situation where the player dribbles into the trap. Instead of stopping, the player could take two
hard back up dribbles to create space. When space has been created, the player can:
Cross the ball over quickly and dribble towards the middle of the court.
Explode by the defender up the sideline if it opens up. That's a little more risky, but if you have smart ball handlers, they'll be able to recognize when they can do this.
Throw a pass over the trapping defenders. Make sure that the player does not float backwards when throwing the pass. This will result in a soft pass that can result in a turnover.
When performing the back up dribble, the player needs to be:
Exploding backwards and covering a lot of ground. If they are not explosive, the defenders will easily be able to recover.
Protecting the ball and facing forwards. Do not turn your back to the defenders while dribbling backwards.
There are situations where doing this move would be a bad idea such as when you've just crossed half-court and the back up dribble would result in an over-and-back call, or it's been 8 or 9 seconds and you need to get the ball across half-court before a 10-second violation.
Teach the move by using this drill below:
Line your players along the baseline in 3 or 4 lines. Have them dribble to the free throw line, take two hard dribbles backwards, then explode forward with the dribble.
Perform this move 4 times down the court. At the free throw line, half-court, opposite free throw line, and the end of the court.
After the first line has almost reached half-court, start the next group in line.
After that, you can progress to the crossover move.
Tip for first time running through this drill:
Have two players or coaches act as defenders that would trap the dribbler near the sideline. After that, the players will have a better understanding how the situation would present itself and the footwork they would need to use when practicing the dribble without defenders.
Another way to work on the back up dribble would be to line them up across the baseline and have them back up dribble the length of the court as fast as they can.
Actually, I could use your help. I am a first time coach helping 9-10''s boys...5 of the 8 kids on my team haven''t played before so we''re working on fundamentals often (which makes it tough to keep the 3 skilled players focused) - many of our opponents are playing a trap defense and forcing the inexperienced kids to turn the ball over.
What offensive plays/drills can I use to get them comfortable against a trap so they don''t force the ball as often?
My advice would also be to practice those situations. Create some situations that trap the offender. Also, teach them how to break the trap by splitting the middle or faking a step in one direction, to step around the side of one of the defenders. If the offensive player wants to pass it to the right, fake left, keep the pivot foot grounded, and step with the other foot to the right side of the defender.
great drill...i''m coaching a 7/8 grade girls team and we are having trouble with the trap and just with the defense pickin us up full court. We recently scrimmaged with 9/10th grade girls and all our turnovers were from the trap. So this drill will definetely help us out a lot.
Dribbling forward, when the ball is within 3 feet of the on-rushing defender, it is wiser to make the quick left or right change of direction. As always the defender's reaction is short by 2 or 3 steps and with enough space to dribble the ball up-court.
I have a couple of players who repeatedly get called for traveling. They travel as they begin their move to the basket. They just don''''t get the ball to the floor soon enough. Any ideas of how I can work this problem out of their game?
The only thing you can do is give them time and drill their moves to the basket over and over. Refs usually won't make that call unless its real obvious. Time will also fix the issue. If they get called for the travel consistently and their coach emphasizes the importance of keeping turnovers to a minimum, they will figure it out.
I have one player that has/had a similar problem. We do lots of chair drills where they pick up the ball, make a pivot, and then make a move to the basket. I usually don't make a big deal about it but this player was getting pretty bad at lifting up and dragging his pivot foot. I started stepping on his pivot foot (to stop him from dragging it) each time he picked up the ball. After about 5 reps he stopped traveling and could do it on his own.
I like to use chairs as teaching tools. For footwork and shooting drills we have the shooter pick the ball off of the chair, a rebounder pass it to a person by the chair who sets it on the chair. I do this because it's hard to have accurate passes when you're working with kids. If you want to work on footwork and shooting, use the chairs. If you want to work on passing, do that in another drill.
In dribbling drills, they also force the player to change direction like they would when they are dribbling around a person.
I used to never use them, now I can't coach without them because I like them so much.
The drills above can be very useful... but IF your players are caught in a corner they are in trouble. Our guards were small compared to the teams we played..... Here is something that we employed IF the dribble was live.
We taught our players to step past the original defenders inside shoulder and attack the defender coming up to trap... we wanted to make contact with their inside shoulder which should get you a foul called on them... either way, you have a good chance to break through the trap.
Eric - For me time is better spent teaching players how to get open and stay out of the corner. The best thing you can do is avoid the corner trap in the first place because it's a tough spot to be in. Teach them the danger areas (the corner is one of them). Then teach them how to get open and get the ball where they want it by using their body to seal, set and read screen, change speed, etc. You can spend some time teaching them how to step through a trap, maybe show it once, but I think the majority of your time is spent on other fundamentals that keep you out of there in the first place.
I have an 8th grade AAU team have hard time making good decisions against the press. Whether it be an 2-2-1 or a 1-2-1-1-, they make horrible decision even with me inserting a simple press break. What drills can I use to help this? We literally go over our press break for 30 mins at game speed but it never translates to our game. 30 turnovers in a championship game. HELP! Ha.
Isiah - Play 3on3 full court NO dribble. We use side baskets to get two games going. 1 pt for scoring a basket. Minus 3 pts for a turnover or if I don't like how they are making decisions. Winner gets a drink, loser does up downs. I tell them over and over... meet your pass! face the basket in triple threat! and LOOK before you pass (see the defense)!!!!!! make the easy pass! I want them doing this on every pass so I'm a stickler about it. If you watch game film quite a few turnovers probably come from players going too fast, not seeing the defense, and dribbling right when they catch the ball. I also like pass fakes. Run the drill every day, emphasize the importance of taking care of the ball, and I think the problem will be solved
I agree with Jeff - then I would break down your press offense so they can see the parts and then put it together as a whole.
One thing I told my players is this.... DO NOT throw the ball away, we will take a 10 second violation before we throw the ball away ... we can play D when they take the ball out of bounds, hard to defend breakaway dunks or layups in your case.
We talked about getting the ball into the middle, once that happens, the press is in trouble.... I also wanted a ball reversal before we attacked too hard ... that way we got the D to change sides and leaving a weakness in the middle ...patience is the key here
I played a game tonight against a very tight man to man defense. I play point guard and I was struggling with whether or not to run the offense or burn my guy since he was playing so tight. Any tips on this or how to protect the ball better so the offense has time to develop.
We have a hard time against a 1-2-2 half court Trap. My kids (8th grade boys) always hold the ball too long and tries to dribble through traps. What advice does anyone have on how to beat a 1-2-2 trap?
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