Purpose: To practice closeouts on the ball and closing out defensively when off the ball.
Drill: 4 offensive players start on the perimeter. 4 defensive players start on the baseline. A coach with a ball also stands on the baseline.
To begin the drill, the coach will pass the basketball to any one of the 4 offensive players. As the ball is in the air, the 4 defenders close out as quickly as possible to their proper defensive position. ‘Proper’ meaning if they are guarding the basketball or if they are in strongside denial or weakside help position.
Once they have demonstrated proper closeout, positioning, and defensive stance, rotate positions. (Defense becomes offense, offense to baseline).
This diagram shows the correct close out and positioning when the pass is made to a wing/corner offensive player.
- Allow offensive player to take 1 or 2 dribbles, forcing defensive players to adjust accordingly and correctly.
- Go ‘live’ 4 on 4. Play until the offense scores or defense secures the ball.