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Frank Allocco, De La Salle (CA) HS Head Coach and 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game Head Coach, takes his team through the 4 on 4 on 4 drill. This drill will prepare your team for games as these practice situations are tougher than anything they’ll encounter in a game. Additionally, this drill can enhance your conditioning as you play competitively for four consecutive minutes.
4 on 4 on 4
Setup and Sequence
Create 3 teams (4 players on each team): Blue, White, Shirts
Blue inbounds the ball against a pressing White team; Shirts has two players in a tandem at the other end of the court and a player at both halfcourt sideline positions. The White team’s job is to guard only in the backcourt – they stay at that end of the floor; once Blue breaks the press and pass the half court line, the two Shirt players enter the front court and Blue plays 4 on 4. The White team then sends two players to the half-court sideline positions.
After the scoring attempt by Blue team, the Shirt team inbounds the ball against Blue team pressure. Once the Shirt team breaks the press and passes the halfcourt line, the two White players enter and now Shirts play Whites 4 on 4 in the front court.
Andrew Grantz, the creator of the Attack & React Offense, shares a drill that will create an attacking mindset for your post players. With aggressive penetration from the perimeter, it is vital that your inside players make their presence known by getting to the glass for easy second chance points.
Three players line straight up under the basket. The middle player will be the offensive player and will move aggressively toward the basket. The middle player does not face the basket. The coach will bounce the ball in play and the middle player must quickly turn around, find the ball, and attack the rim. The player’s goal is to finish three successful baskets.
This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD “4-Out 1-In Attack & React: Attacking Drills & Skills.” View our complete library of over 800 basketball DVDs here!
Rob Fulford, head coach at Huntington Prep High School, demonstrates the “3 Man Position with Charge” drill. This drill works on closeouts, defensive positioning in relation to the ball, communication, and help defense.
The drill has three offensive players on the perimeter with three defensive players along the baseline to start. A coach on the baseline will roll the basketball out to one of the three offensive players on the perimeter. The defensive player, who will be guarding the ball, will closeout with hands up and using short, choppy steps. Depending on where the ball is, depends on where you closeout to. If your man is two passes away you’re on the helpline. If you’re a pass away from the ball, you’re denying the pass. When the ball is rolled out to a player on the wing, he will drive it. The defensive player, who is on the help line, must meet the ball outside the lane to take the charge. Once the player takes the charge, his teammates, who are not participating on the on the baseline, must help his teammate up.
Point of Emphasis for the Drill:
2) Closeout on the Ball Under Control and with Active Hands (Trace the Ball)
3) Know Where You Are in Relation to the Basketball
4) Take the Charge Outside the Lane
This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Huntington Prep High School Basketball Practice.” View our complete library of over 800 basketball DVDs here!
Terry Layton, a highly respected basketball coach, scout, and consultant both here in the states and internationally, shares a transition drill that emphasizes the importance of spacing and being efficient with the dribble during the break.
The drill begins with three offensive players going 3-on-0 the length of the floor. The ball handler in this drill is limited to three to five dribbles, depending on the skill level. Once a layup is converted, the two players who are not rebounding the basketball, must go around the obstacles in the corners and run the floor to get spaced for another 3-on-0 break coming back. When coming back, the two players who are not shooting the layup need to go into the lane with their hands up, anticipating an offensive rebound in transition. Every member of the team yells out the number of makes once the ball goes through the basket.
Points of Emphasis for the Drill:
1) Limit Your Dribbles
2) Get Spaced on the Fast Break
3) Think Offensive Rebound in Transition (Don’t Assume a Make)
This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD “Explosive and Full Court Drills from Around the World.” View our complete library of over 800 basketball DVDs here!
USA Developmental National Team Head Coach, Don Showalter, has been one of the most successful coaches in his position and always creates a defensive minded team. If you’re looking for drills to create that mindset, Coach Showalter gives you just that with some of his easy and effective defensive drills, including his “Cutthroat” drill.
Coach Showalter shows a defensive 4 on 4 drill, that gives the players a competitive drill in order to create a defensive mindset. Showalter gives basic rules that if you defend and get a stop, you earn a point. The goal is to get three points for a win. If you get a stop on defense you stay and defend the next group of 4 players. Throughout this drill you can implement certain offensive rules to work on certain situations and offensive concepts you may see throughout the season. This is a great drill to help your team compete this season in practice. Coach also explains ways to alter and tailor the drill to your philosophy through his on-court demonstrations.
This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD “Don Showalter: Practice Drills to Build a Defensive Mindset.” View our complete library of over 800 basketball DVDs here!