Purposeful Movement

In playing against full court pressure, the offensive players can adopt the following positions:

Opposite: level with the ball, on the other side of the court

Diagonal: ahead of the ball (1 pass away) on the other side of the court

Same Side: one pass away from the ball on the same side of the court

Long: ahead of the ball, approximately two passes away, generally on the opposite side of the court.

The player with the ball (1) has 3 passing options (4, 2 and 3) however it is important that those players do not stand still. They must be in a “gap” where they can receive a pass.

Inbounding the Ball

By starting in a “box” formation (2 players at half way, 2 players at the 3pt line), players can quickly move into position:

  • 1 – receives the pass
  • 4 moves to the “Opposite” position
  • 2 moves to the “Diagonal” position
  • 5 moves to the “Same Side” position
  • 3 moves to “Long”

If Players 1 and 2 can’t get open, Players 3 and 5 cut toward the ball, and 1 and 2 move to create space. Players 3 and 5 can also move to screen for either 1 or 2.

Rotating Cuts

It is not necessary to stipulate specific cuts that players will make, again the emphasis is on the positions on the floor being filled. It is also preferable that cuts are aggressive, toward the ball (e.g. Players 1, 3 and 5) rather than away from the ball (Player 2). Cuts away from the ball are important though to create space for a teammate to cut into. The more players are given the opportunity to practice, the more comfortable they will become in getting to the various positions.

Practicing Beating Full Court Pressure

Dividing the court into 5 areas, and placing 1 defender in each area, can provide a framework for practicing the purposeful movement needed to defeat full court defensive pressure.

Additional defenders can then be added into areas to increase the level of pressure.