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 … [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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Purpose: This drill will work both offensive and defensive skills, however, the emphasis here is defense. The players are rewarded if they prevent the opposing team from scoring. Drill: Divide the team into groups of three. (If needed, you can also go 4 on 4 or 5 on 5). The objective is to play sound defense to prevent the offensive team from … [Read more...]
Purpose: To improve defensive footwork and foot speed. Players learn to stay low and to play defense against a player with the basketball. They will learn the method in turning an offensive player and how to open up in order to continue to defend aggressively. This is also an excellent conditioning drill for the players. Drill: Defensive … [Read more...]
Purpose: To develop good individual defensive techniques and fundamentals. Drill: 2 offensive players and 2 defensive players. The basketball is at the top with coach. The offensive players move and cut without setting screens, while the defenders work at keeping vision of both his man and the basketball. Work at staying 'up the line' on … [Read more...]
Purpose: To break down the 2 on 1 situation for the defensive player. Technique, principles, and confidence can also be achieved in this drill. This drill also aids in the understanding of how to convert offensively in a 2 on 1 situation by making sound and fundamental decisions. Drill: Set up 3 lines as shown in the diagram. The drill begins … [Read more...]
Purpose: To teach the defensive player proper on-the-ball defensive techniques. This drill also gives the offensive player the opportunity to work on 1-on-1 moves. Drill: One offensive player with a basketball and one defensive player, as shown. (The players can also begin at any position on the basketball court). From a defensive standpoint, … [Read more...]
Purpose: To teach an individual defender the proper movements, footwork, and defensive techniques as he defends his opponent on the basketball court. Series Setup: This series of drills requires an offensive player and a defensive player on the wing, as shown. A passer or coach is also required (C). "C" has a basketball and is at the top of the … [Read more...]