1v1 Full Court Defense

Categories: Agility  Ballhandling / Dribbling  Defense  Offensive Moves  Press Breaker  
Ages: All Ages  Youth  Middle School  High School+  

Purpose of the Drill:

This is a great drill that improves ball handling, 1v1 defense, and athleticism. It also conditions your players and is a vital foundation for any team defense.


  • The offensive player and the defensive player start on the baseline.
  • The offensive player tries to beat the defensive player down the court.
  • If the offensive player goes by the defender and the defender does not recover, the offensive player goes back to the spot where the defender was beat and starts from there again.
  • Offensive player and defensive player alternate after one trip.
  • Use the whole court. This gives the offensive player more space and creates more of a challenge for the defensive player. However, you can not have as many players participating in the drill at the same time.
  • Man in the hole - defensive player has to play defense 3 consecutive trips against 3 different offensive players. Each line would require four players. This is a great conditioner and forces the defender to become mentally disciplined.
  • No Ball - the offensive player does not have a ball and tries to get past the defender. Good challenge if you have a great athlete on your team.

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Coach Carter says:
7/23/2015 at 6:38:21 PM

No, they must maintain a GPA of 2.8 or higher to play basketball, until then, the gym is closed


Wayne says:
3/18/2015 at 4:41:59 AM

I am just starting coaching again after a few year absence, when I read headline that zone defense ruins great players, I was going to give you a serve, but I thought I'd read your comments and theory and see if there is any truth behind them.

And you are right on the money, it has been a long time since I played in the NBL in Australia, but after reading, and letting what you have said sink in, it does exactly what you are saying, my first coach did exactly what you have said, and it definitely makes a lot better players, increasing fitness, ball handling skills and confidence, which in most young players is lacking.

Thank you for your posts, keep up the great work.
Head volunteer coach Kalumbila, Zambia


Alfred Perry says:
9/20/2012 at 5:28:58 AM

Seems like a very good drill. I will install it today in practice.


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