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4 Point Pressure Passing

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This is a quick, very effective passing drill. By adding defensive rules, this can very easily become a defensive drill as well but, as presented, it is run to teach and practice passing under pressure and out of traps.


The drill is set up with 4 offensive players about 15 feet apart, in a square formation.

4 defenders are in the middle with the ball

The rules are:

Offense - No Dribble, no movement

Defense - Must trap the ball
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The drill starts when the ball is passed to an offensive player 4 Point Pressure Passing2

Two defenders immediately trap the ball and the other defenders take logical defensive positions.

Again, this is an offensive drill. If you wish, you can add structure to the defense by discussing positioning with the defenders. I prefer to keep the play random

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Ball is passed out of the trap (1 - 3).

Defense chases the ball to trap. Other defenders re-position

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Ball is passed and defense chases the ball 4 Point Pressure Passing5

Drill continues. It can be moderated by time (stay on offense for 15 seconds) or by passes (Offense must complete 8 passes).

If there are turnovers or bad passes, ball is immediately put back in play

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Don Kelbick

Coach Don Kelbick has had 27 years of coaching experience, 25 at the college level including 14 years as a head coach and 10 years as a Division I assistant including stops at Hofstra University, Marist College, Keene State College, and Florida International University. In 2 years as a high school coach, his teams produced 6 Division I players and was ranked #1 in Florida 28 out of a possible 34 weeks. In addition to coaching he has scouted for NBA teams, including the Knicks and the Hawks, and served as a general manager in the USBL.

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