Purpose: To teach defensive footwork (defensive slides, pivoting, and change-of-direction) in a fullcourt, game-like setting. Also a good drill to build pressure defense and overall conditioning.
Drill: Place 7 cones on the court as shown. Players begin at a corner of the baseline facing the near basket and guarding an imaginary offensive player.
Each defender slides with bent knees, staying low, and moving laterally until reaching the cone. Once at the cone, he pivots (reverse pivot) and changes direction and sprints to the next cone.
Upon arriving at the second cone, he lowers his center of gravity, pivots, and changes direction by sliding to the next cone. He alternates each run-slide sequence until reaching the opposite baseline.
Once at the baseline, he immediately continues the run-slide sequence back to the starting baseline.
Repeat this drill 3-5 times to teach how to slide to keep an opponent in front of them, how to run and pivot, and turn a quicker opponent.
- If possible, have a coach or manager stationed at each cone to make sure the players run, slide, and pivot correctly.
- The next player in line should not begin until the player in front of him reaches the first cone.