The Tip Drill: An Effective Drill to Build the Full Court Press

Last summer we introduced the 1-2-1-1 Diamond Press with esteemed head basketball coach Don Showalter. Now check out a complementary drill that will boost your team’s transition play and give your players an extra edge when implementing a full-court press system.

Tip Drill

The tip drill is a key drill conducted by Coach Showalter in about four out of five team practices. It serves as a terrific warm-up drill for the press and fast break situations.

One offensive player will start by dribbling up the length of the court. Meanwhile, a trailing defender will come up from behind and look to tip the ball away from the offensive player (and hopefully into the hands of one of his teammates). From here, another player will pick up the loose ball and pass to a guard at half court. After the guard receives the ball, he will then look to dish it off to one of two wing players for a layup.

Also, coaches can add a 3-on-2 element to the drill when coming back down the court after the initial tip and turnover. If you want to take things a step further, you could also build it into a 4-on-3 and 5-on-4 drill as well.

Do you have a fast break or press-oriented drill that works wonders with your basketball team? Tell us about it in the comments below or e-mail us at

The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Don Showalter: Full-Court Trapping Defensive System.” To check out more videos in our basketball library highlighting pressure systems and defensive strategies, click here.


Love Coach Showalter. Saw him in action at last year’s Nike Coaching Clinic in New York. He left business cards and I reached out to him several weeks later with a question and he answered quickly and said if I had any more questions don’t hesitate to ask.

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