Basketball: Teach Trapping Skills With the 4 x 4x 4 Chaos Drill

Basketball: Teach Trapping Skills
With the 4 x 4x 4 Chaos Drill

Dick Moss, Editor, Physical Education Update

After a Change in Possession, 
Red Has the Ball, Blue Traps and Green Sets up at Half in Case Red Breaks the Press
After a Change in Possession, Red Has the Ball, Blue Traps and Green Sets up at Half in Case Red Breaks the Press
The Chaos drill teaches players to trap aggressively when playing defense. It also allows offensive players to practice against trapping situations. Finally, it's a fast and furious drill that improves player fitness.

How to Play
Divide your squad into three teams of four players, Team A has the ball, Team B is on defense and Team C is on the sidelines.

On your signal, Team A attacks, while Team B defends. When Team B gains possession on a miss, rebound, steal or inbounds pass, they head up the court while Team A changes roles and attempts to trap. In the meantime, Team C gets on the floor, ready to trap at half court in case Team B gets through Team A's pressure.

When Team B scores, misses or loses the ball, Team C goes on offense, Team B defends and Team A sets up at half court.

This continues back and forth for eight minutes.

Conclusion
This drill forces offensive players to work the ball through two teams that are applying defensive pressure and traps. On the defensive end, players learn to trap and press on both made and missed shot situations.


References

1. Kevin Kiernan, "Chalk Talk: Full Court Pressure." Women's Basketball Magazine, December 2006. http://www.wbmagazine.com
2. Jerry Krause & Ralph Pimm, Basketball Defense: Lessons from the Legends, Kindle Edition, Coaches Choice, 2015.

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