Trapping reveals in players their fear under pressure. Can they beat the trap? Do they know their role?

A well-executed full-court press is one of the more daunting strategies that can be employed against a team. It is common for young or old players to freeze up when facing this tactic as a change-up. The fear of making a mistake or hurting the team further compounds the pressure we see when this tactic is first employed.

A well executed Zone Defence can help teams with elements such as Doubling or Trapping (Photo Source: jmrosenfeld)

A Zone Defence is just one of a large array of options that a coach has during a game. If you do not have an “array of options” then you probably need to think about how you will manage a …

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1 v 2 HC Trapping Drill Diagram 1

The 1 v 2 HC Trapping Drill is a simple activity for defensive players who are learning how to form a trap. Providing quick fire opportunities for players to practice advanced skills like trapping can be very difficult, as many …

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An offense scoring against a Full Court Press will happen. This does not mean the Press is not working. It is important though for any shot to be contested (Photo Source: dannybollinger).

The Full Court Press is one of the very special defences a team can utilise to play attacking basketball without being in possession of the ball. The Full Court Press can provide a number of positives for a team such …

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If ever Trapped a player must maintain composure and vision to see the options available (Photo Source: USAG- Humphreys)

Being Trapped can be one of the more troubling experiences a ball handler can have in the game of basketball. If trapped effectively the dribbler will only have a few moments from the initial trapping situation starting, to when they …

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