|Woelffer Post and Seal Drill
Originally Published in - Time-Out Magazine - National Association of Basketball Coaches
We start with six perimeter players at the three perimeter spots (wing/top/wing) making sure the defensive players are aggressive and active. We want them to get deflections and "stand up" the offensive players. They are not allowed to deflect or steal passes between perimeter players. Offensive players are not allowed to dribble. They must stay in triple threat and use ball fakes, pivoting, and ball toughness to get the ball inside.
The bigs are playing "live" underneath but not scoring on the catch. It is important that the post defender fights the ball in and doesn't sit behind in the post. The defense should be active for deflections and not allow themselves to get sealed. This will force the offensive perimeter passers to find the right angle to get the ball inside and will force the offensive big to keep his man sealed.
The drill starts with the ball up top. The offensive players must work together to get 5 clean post catches. No fumbles, deflections, or tips will count towards the five. There is no time limit or shot clock. Therefore, there is no reason for the perimeter players to make an unsure pass and turn it over. We put a huge emphasis on our bigs talking and directing the perimeter players where the ball should be passed. For example, if the big defender attempts to front, the offensive big should yell "skip" and then crab walk to the middle of the paint while keeping his defender on his back for a deep catch.
The key to this drill is making sure the big defender stays aggressive. He cannot allow himself to be easily pinned and has to fight the ball in through¬out the drill. This is a very exhausting drill for the bigs. We have managers ready with basketballs to keep the drill going after poor passes or deflections. After five clean catches, two fresh bigs come onto the floor and offense switches to defense on the perimeter. We found that this drill worked great in teaching our bigs how to keep a defender on his back and to use his arms to shield off potential reaches. Also, the perimeter players improve their post passing while under duress. Our center, Darren Moore, led the country in FG % at 67 last season. We believe this drill helped him achieve this success.