Purpose: To teach team closeouts and rebounding. A good closeout is the key to blocking out any offensive player.
Drill: 4 offensive players line up outside the 3-point line and face the basket. They should be at least five feet apart and line up from one side of the line to the other, as shown.
The coach with a basketball begins under the basket and will pass the ball to one of the 4 offensive players. The defense will react by sprinting out to the offensive player they are guarding. The proper method of closing out should be utilized. The offensive player who receives the ball only has the option to shoot. When the shot goes up, all defensive players must block out the offensive players.
Coaching Points: You can make this drill competitive by playing to certain number of rebounds — if you get the defensive rebound, you stay on defense; if you get an offensive rebound, you switch. First team to 10, for example.