By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Dave Odom, former head coach of the University of South Carolina and Wake Forest, shows a drill that teaches players how to handle traps all over the court without the pressure of a live defense. Train your athletes’ instincts so they know exactly where to go when the opponent starts trapping.
Getting Out of Traps – No Defense
Drill Summary: Players begin the drill in the lane. A coach shoots a shot and a big man rebounds and outlets to the point guard. Though there isn’t any defensive players on the court, the point guard handles the ball as if all passes up court were denied. As the point guard takes the ball up the court and tries to get into an offense, the coach can yell “trap” at any point, and the player with the ball must pick up their dribble. The other players have to fill spots on the floor that would serve as pressure reliefs from the trap, such as reversal, middle, deep diagonal or low post (depending on where the trap is on the court).
Keys to the Drill:
1) Always know where the ball is.
2) Communicate the spot you’re going to fill.
3) Come to the ball.
4) Maintain good spacing.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Don Showalter has been one of the most successful coaches in his profession and always creates a defensive minded team. If you’re looking for drills to create that mindset, Coach Showalter begins with a full court run and trap drill that helps teach how to run and slide properly in the full court to create effective traps.
Full Court Run and Slide
Player Movements: Coach has two offensive and two defensive players execute the four man run and trap drill. The defensive players will continuously perform various L traps while executing proper flow and jumping in and out of each trap. The defense must perform this the full length of the court trapping along the sideline each time.
Teaching Points: Coach uses this drill to create a high level of intensity on the defensive end of the floor. Coach displays the fundamentals needed in this system through his on court demonstrations.