Basketball Drills Inferno Toughness

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Editor’s note from Brian: You might want to start out with one or two minutes rather than 4 minutes and have your players build up to 4 minutes. Especially for younger teams.

The drill was contributed by Coach Greg White. He had these comments about the drill:

One of my favorite drills is The Inferno. It immediately raises the intensity level or shows the lack of it.

What you’ll need: 3 Passers, 4 Offensive players, 4 Defensive players, 1 Basketball

Inferno Toughness Drill

Players begin on the elbows and blocks. This drill is for 8 minutes. The team’s roles will switch at the 4 minute mark. There are no substitutions for the 8 involved. When the ball is at the top, the offense down screens. When the ball is on the wing, players screen across.

To keep the drill competitive, and it won’t take much, use one of the following scoring systems:

Each catch = 5 defensive pushups (5 keeps the speed going plus a good screening group will average 20 catches in 4 minutes)

Each catch = 1 pt for elbow catch, 2pts for catch on the block. Keep track and at the end of 8 minutes losing team has a reminder drill.

Each catch = live four on four. Offense gets whatever shot they score, Defense gets 2 for a stop, 3 for a charge, etc..


Offensive Players Start on on Elbows and Blocks.

This is an 8 minute drill: Switch Offense and Defense at 4 minute mark. No Substitutions!


DEFENSE: Don’t Let The Offense Catch on the Block or Elbow

You decide how to make it competitive. You can go live on the catch. Stop on the catch-keep score for catches or defense 5 pushups for every catch.





When the Ball is up top, Offensive Players down screen.

If passer can’t get a pass to either elbow, he passes the ball to the next passer to continue the drill.






When the Ball is on the wing, players screen away from the ball







At the 4 minute mark, switch sides.


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6 comments for “Basketball Drills Inferno Toughness

  1. darryl sanders
    January 26, 2016 at 12:12 am

    is the 4 on 4 play only confined to the key area, or is it 4 on 4 half court?

    • Coach Brian Williams
      November 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Darryl,

      This drill is confined to the key area, but you could experiment with it on the half court and see how it works for you.

      • darryl sanders
        November 19, 2016 at 11:30 am

        thanks for the response…….

  2. jason
    January 26, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    can you switch?

    • williab83
      January 27, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Hi Jason, you could do the drill if you are a switching team, but IMO that would change the focus of the drill. I think the best way to determine if it is something that will help your team is to try it in practice and run it the way you want to run it. You will get a better feel if it is something that helps your players improve or not. I think it is good to experiment a couple of times a week with new ideas for 5 or 10 minutes each time.

  3. Ronny
    April 26, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Put 1player on base line en start with back screen from low for high = another option


    Coach King

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