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 pass.
- O1 passes to O3, follows the pass and closes out properly on him.
- O3, upon receiving the pass from O1, takes a couple of stationary dribbles and then picks up the dribble.
- O2, after defending O1’s pass, turns and waits for a return pass from O3.
- Once O1 has closed out on O3, O3 will pass to O2 and then sprint and closeout.
- Continue drill for desired time or total number of closeout repetitions per player (8-12 reps)
- The focus is on defensive closeouts. Make sure the pass receiver waits until the defender has performed a closeout before making the next pass.
- After closing out, the defender should work hard on pressuring the passer. In this drill, remember, the player with the basketball no longer has use of the dribble.
- Passing is involved and a needed skill so make sure the players are passing effectively and efficiently, i.e. no lob passes.