We really get a lot out of our TOTAL DENIAL [tag]basketball drills[/tag] (which emphasize our defensive philosophy).  It is a very high intensity [tag]basketball drill[/tag] for teams that like to get out in the passing lanes.

Here is how it works:
The team is divided into two teams(green and white).

The ball starts at 1/2 ct with 5 offensive players spread out on the half and with 5 defensive players in total denial all over (basically you run the entire drill as if in dead ball defense-on the ball you are all over yelling “dead, dead, dead”. And off the ball everyone is “deny, deny deny”)!

You only use that half of the court for the entire drill.

The object is to force bad passes, 5 second counts, and get deflections in passing lanes.

For each pass completed the scoreclock keeper puts up 1 pt.(you will need a [tag]basketball coach[/tag] calling out pts. because they will occur quickly if team is not denying well and especially when you first put in the drill).

You can not use a dribble and you can not pass back to the person that passed to you.  So offense has to cut to get open, screen off the ball, etc.  The first team to 50 wins ( not because they completed 50 passes, but because they kept their opponent from reaching 50 first).

If there is a deflection and the [tag]basketball[/tag] goes out of bounds, we give it to the defensive team and they become offense for good denial.  To reward the offense for good cuts to the basket (away from the ball and backdoor cuts), layups off these cuts to the basket are worth 10 pts.