This idea for [tag]basketball drills[/tag] comes courtesy of Wes.
I call this [tag]drill[/tag] the Pass-Pass-Trap drill. I don’t remember where I got this drill from, but I find it helps to get players ready for running a [tag]press[/tag]. Also, it means I can practice certain aspects of a press even when I have only half the court available to me in a practice.
The players form three lines, with all players behind the baseline, looking onto the court. One line is lined up along one sideline, one in the middle, in line with the basket, and the third line at the other sideline. The [tag]basketball[/tag] is in the hands of the person at the front of a line that is at a sideline. Lets say the far left as you look onto the court.
On the coach’s whistle, the player with the ball passes the ball to the person in the middle, and then quickly sprints over to the far sideline. He will form one member of a two-member team trying to execute a trap.
Once person in the middle receives the pass, he will now make a pass in the same direction as the first pass, to the person on the far right side. After passing the ball, this person sprints over near the first passer to make the second person of the two man trap. This person must try and prevent the dribbler from reversing the ball back to the middle
The third person, now with the ball, must dribble out of the double team. As with most traps, the trapper near the sideline must guard the sideline.
The two players forming the trap must work on their spacing. They must play together, making sure there are no large gaps between them. If they can force the dribbler to pick up the ball, they should be taught to immediately body up on the dribbler, so that in a game, the ball handler will have a more difficult time to make the pass. The trappers must also be taught to move their feet, and not to get lazy and just reach in with only their hands. If the dribbler breaks through the double team, the trapping players can try to double a second time, but they need to be taught not to chase the dribbler. They need to anticipate a good spot for them both to go and trap the dribbler, usually on the opposite side of the court from the first trap.
The drill is over when the dribbler passes half court. Players roll the ball back to the starting line, and then walk back to the lines, making sure to not walk through the court. You want to prevent the players walking back from colliding with the next group.