Overload Defense Drill - 4 on 4 With Baseline Drivers

Drill Purpose:

This is another great defensive overload drill that reinforces great defensive principles such as: help & rotation, communication, and positioning. It works especially great, if you have trouble rotating against dribble penetration.


  1. Have four offensive players spread around the court with four defensive players guarding these players.

    Two baseline drivers will be in the corners. The baseline drivers can be managers, coaches, or players. The baseline players are stationary, except for when they have the ball.

  2. On the whistle, the four offensive players try to score and the defense tries to prevent them from scoring.
  1. If the baseline driver receives a pass, he can either hold the ball and pass it to the next open offensive player or dribble towards the hoop.

    If a baseline driver gets the ball and just stands there, nobody needs to help.

    If the baseline driver takes a dribble towards the basket, the defense needs to stop the ball, rotate, and communicate. At any time, the baseline driver can pass the ball. This is the only time the defense guards the baseline drivers.

  2. When the baseline driver passes the ball, the defensive players rotate back to guarding the four offensive players.

You can also find more defensive drills & strategies in our Man to Man Defense System

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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waleed says:
10/3/2013 at 12:14:56 AM

I am couch basketball


Mark says:
10/2/2013 at 6:12:24 PM

LOVE it! Have to try it of course, but think this will be a great drill for youth basketball through HS basketball... can''''t wait to try it and work out any kinks...


salih says:
1/22/2013 at 7:36:00 AM

Thanks for sharing this skill. But I couldn't realize in my mind correctly. I wonder whether there are some videos about this skill I can find.


6/22/2011 at 3:18:36 AM

Am a Basket Ball coach in Indian Army. Can u send me some videos on Basic dribling drills, shooting skills, defencive drills. Also send me some videos of physical conditioning skills.


Stephen Lineberry says:
11/2/2010 at 4:00:40 AM

Tryed this with the girls I coach and it worked wonders with communication. GREAT DRILL!!!


William L. Hopkins III says:
1/16/2009 at 7:32:50 AM

A wonderful drill.


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