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1 on 1 Ball Tough Drill
Ages: All Ages Youth Middle School High School+
Purpose of the Drill:
This is a great drill that emphasizes ball rips and strong pivots to create space from the defense. As a result, players will get stronger with the ball and turnovers will be reduced.
Check out this video from Chris Oliver of Windsor University. Chris is also a Camp Director for Breakthrough Basketball Camps.
- Offensive player cuts to the wing and receives a pass. Player could also flip the ball to himself.
- Defensive player closes out.
- Offensive player can not dribble. They must pivot and use ball rips to keep the defender from crowding.
- Set a time limit (Ex: 5 Seconds).
- If the offensive player keeps the ball, offense wins. If defense gets the ball, defense wins.
- Variation - 1 on 1
- After the time limit and the offense still has the ball, allow them to go 1on1.
- You can verbally say "go" or whistle to signal to the offense and defense that it is time for 1on1.
- Variation - 5 Second Pivot, 5 Second Dribble
- Another variation would be to have the offense pivot and ball rip for 5 seconds, then perform a stationary dribble for 5 seconds. The defense can be aggressive and go for the steal. Offensive player can not attack the basket.
- You can also continuously alternate between the pivot and dribble.
Points of Emphasis:
- Use space step.
- Rip the ball
- Pivot through. Get your head, shoulders, feet, then the ball would be the last thing to come through.
- Square to see the rim.
- Do not lean away from the defender.
- Make conditions in practice harder than what you are going to face in a game.