Want an idea from opposing coaches what makes a great defensive team? In the below linked article, Big 12 basketball coaches discuss what makes Coach Bill Self and his Kansas Jayhawk basketball team so good at defending. A few takeaways from his fellow coaches as to why Coach Self always has a good defensive team: Limit layups Ability to … [Read more...]
These fundamental man to man defensive drills are divided into several categories to help with the 'breakdown' aspect of teaching and coaching man-to-man defense in basketball. Browse through the categories to find a vast array of man to man defense basketball drills.
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This drill is a bit of variation on the normal 3-man weave to 2-on-1 drill. In the normal weave to 2-on-1, it is usually a 3-man weave up the court and a 2-on-1 coming back ... with the shooter sprinting back as the defender. This variation speeds things up a little bit more, making it more challenging for the defender to get in position and to … [Read more...]
Purpose: To work on controlling the basketball via dribble, pass, and getting open against 2 defenders. Also builds focus, conditioning and develops offensive and defensive skills. Drill: 1 offensive player and 2 defenders. Coach or manager is also involved and on the court. Drill only takes place in the halfcourt. The coach or manager starts … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]
Included in this set of 5 individual defense drills are closeout drills, helpside drills, and a transition drills. Each drill incorporates a variety of skills so the basketball player will work on techniques such as closing out, blocking out, helping out, recovering, footwork, and more. Individual Defense … [Read more...]
Purpose: To learn and develop how to properly closeout on a player ho has picked up the dribble. Drill: Divide players into groups of 3. Groups should find their own space on the court. Passer and receiver should stand approximately 10-15 apart. The drill starts with the basketball in O1's hands, O2 defending O1, and O3 ready to receive the … [Read more...]
Purpose: To emphasize defensive help-and-recover technique. The weakside forward steps in to stop penetration of the offensive player to the basket and then recovering to guard own player. The defensive guard practices dropping down to ball line to give help in the opposite low post. Drill: Player 1 drives the baseline so that X2 must give … [Read more...]
Purpose: In a transition setting, little elements are overlooked within the big picture. For example, when players go 1 on 1 full court, the focus tends to be on sprinting down the court. As a result, players forget to block out prior to transitioning down the court. This drill stresses all areas of 1 on 1 defense and offense. Players are required … [Read more...]
Purpose: To teach transition basketball while in a half court situation. Both the defense and offense need to react quickly to a change of possession. Drill: 5 players on offense, 5 players on defense. Coach or manager at top with the basketball. The offense will run any offense without the ball while the coach can: 1-shoot to test … [Read more...]
Purpose: To develop transition defense skills in a 3 on 3 situation. This drill also allows the offensive players to work on offensive transition. Drill 1: 3 on 3 Full Court Drill starts with the offense taking the ball out of bounds. The defense will pick up full court and pressure the entire time. The defense must be controlled and try to … [Read more...]
Purpose: To work on various situations that occur in a basketball game and how to properly defend them. To improve and develop communication skills. Also works on offensive movements and fundamentals that will improve team play. Drill: The 'Shell Situations Drill' is a more advanced version of the basic shell drill; this drill is intended to … [Read more...]
Purpose: To help the defensive player learn how to fight through a downscreen. Drill: Player 1 starts the drill by setting a downscreen on the low block for player 2. O2 will cut around the screen to the elbow. The defender should 'tag' the cutter and go around the screen with him. Once past the screen, take the inside route to closeout. Many … [Read more...]