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Beat the Trap
Ages: All Ages Youth Middle School High School+
Purpose of the Drill:
Teach players how to use the dribble to beat a trap. (For more drills information about beating a press, you can reference this guide about breaking pressure.)
- In this drill you have one offensive player against two defensive players.
- A coach or player will pass the ball to Player 1.
- The defensive players will work to contain and trap Player 1.
- Player 1 will use their dribble to try and beat the 2 defensive players. Player 1 has the entire court to work with.
- Player 1 should try to isolate one of the defenders instead of trying to beat them both. A good fake and change of direction should allow the player to attack the outside foot of one of the defenders. They'll need to make a strong and aggressive move down the court.
- The back up dribble is probably the most effective way to get space so you can size up your defender, get them on their heals, and attack.
Points of Emphasis:
- Catch and face the basket in low and strong triple threat position.
- Keep head up when dribbling.
- Attack one defender.
- Use back up dribble to create space.
- Avoid the spin dribble because the spin causes you to lose sight of the defense and gives them a chance to close the trap and tip the ball.
- Aggressively attack the outside foot of one of the defenders. Try to avoid splitting the defense because that allows the defense to tip from behind.