Purpose: To improve defensive quickness and foot movement when playing on-the-ball defense by not allowing the defensive player to use his hands.
Drill: 1 offensive player with a basketball and 1 defensive player with a towel begin at the baseline. The offensive player starts at the baseline facing the opposite basket. The defensive player gets in a defensive stance about 3-4 feet from the offensive player.
The defender holds one end of the towel with the left hand and the other end with the right hand. The towel is being held being the back.
The offensive player dribbles down the court. The defensive player must stay between the dribbler and the basket. The defender should try to maintain a consistent distance from the offensive player.
Players switch assignments when they come back up the court.
- You may want to limit the offensive player to using only half the court.
- If necessary, and especially with younger players, perform the drill where the dribbler zig-zags up the court only … rather than trying to ‘beat’ the defender. Add that aspect later.
- Defenders should stay in the stance and be quick with the feet.