Instructions: The offensive player (2) tries to beat the defender (X1) down the floor. The defensive player tries to stop the ball handler from advancing the ball. After the ball handler (2) makes it to the other end, they will hand off to 4, who will be facing the same defender X1, back up the court towards player 3.
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This requires players to be able to play great on-ball defense and for help defense to be in the correct position and ready to rotate and help when needed. Use the following 5 basketball defense drills to: Improve closeout defense (drills 1 and 2). Improve on-ball defense (drills 1 and 5). Improve defensive technique (drills 3 and 4).
This is one of the most common basketball defense drills. The goal of this drill is for players to learn how to anticipate where they should be, depending on how many passes away the ball is. To start, four players line up along the three-point line, two up top and two on the wing; as the coach, you should be at the top of the key.
Here's another fundamental basketball drill that focuses on team defense. It's a variation of the shell drill, where points are only scored on defensive stops. Set up five offensive players (1 to 5) and five defensive players (x1 to x5) in the 3 out 2 in formation shown below; Play 5 on 5, while practicing proper help defensive principles.
Set 1 – defending the pass, jump to the ball, and be in help or passing lane. Set 2 – defending the drive, help and recover to your man, stay low and sprint. Set 3 – defending the ball ...
Start in one corner of the court. You will eventually cover the entire court in a figure 8 pattern. Back peddle down the sideline to half-court, slap the floor with both hands, and yell, "Defense!" Defensive slide across the half-court line to the opposite sideline, slap the floor, "Defense!"
When the drill begins, the defenders will run around trying to steal the basketball from the offensive team. The defenders goal is to get a deflection or a steal. The offensive players must stay in one space and pass the ball around to each other keeping the basketball away from the defenders.
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