Basketball Defense Drills

Improve your side when they are on the retreat with this section of defensive basketball drills.

Find a body to box out

Find a body to box out

From Derek Brown of CoachTube   The ‘Nearest Man’ Drill teaches players how to control the glass even when there isn’t an opposing player in their immediate vicinity   Why use it   During a game, players may be caught in the paint without an offensive player near them to box out. You still need those defensive […]

'2-line closeouts' stress help

‘2-line closeouts’ stress help

From Chad Warner, the head men’s coach at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Help defense is the cornerstone of all great defensive teams so teach players the proper way to help and the energy needed to play defense properly. Why use it If your help defense is a step slow, then your entire defensive […]

"Close and Skip" teaches necessities

“Close and Skip” teaches necessities

From Chad Warner, head coach at Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida Defensive players must learn how to close out on the ball, stop a cutter and race out to guard a new ball handler on a skip pass – require these skills for playing time. Why use it Your defensive players must do more than […]

"4v3 Contest" builds scramblers

“4v3 Contest” builds scramblers

From Chad Warner, men’s coach at Flagler College St. Augustine, Florida Defenders must learn to react and recover (scramble) when passes are flying around the perimeter – use this disadvantage drill to sharpen those skills. Why use it All great defenses scramble well. This means they sprint to recover as the ball is moving around […]

1-On-1 to Master the Closeout

1-On-1 to Master the Closeout

Building great defenders starts with properly closing out against pass-catching perimeter players, use this 1-on-1 Closeout Drill to sharpen the skill. Why use it Closing out is a skill needing constant repetition. Players tend to slack off a bit when it comes to closing out hard on the perimeter. Put a focus on it so […]

Outnumbered but Not Outmatched

Outnumbered but Not Outmatched

Stack the odds against your defense by placing 7 offensive players on the floor to score against just 5 defenders – watch the defenders communicate and hustle to stop the ball. Why use it Everyone has their version of a defensive shell drill. This one utilizes seven offensive players. It’s especially effective for teams playing […]

Downscreens, Ball Reversal & Lob

Shift the defense with downscreens, then work the ball across the top of the set to clear space for a well-timed backscreen leading to a lob WHY USE IT The best time to catch a defense off-guard for a backdoor scoring opportunity is when you are moving the ball from one side of the court […]

Learn The 6 Techniques To Defend Ball Screens

The key is to be great at just 1 or 2 of the suggested strategies but having an understanding of them all allows you to employ the best defense for your talent The best way to approach ballscreen defense is to become strong in one or two tactics, and not trying to cram too many […]

Slide Into Defensive Position

A skill to work on every day in practice, the defensive slide isn’t as easy as it looks, especially when facing a gifted ball handler WHY USE IT The defensive slide is a critical skill to contain dribble penetration. It requires excellent footwork and coordination, so needs to be drilled daily. SET UP A ball handler and defender are positioned in each […]

Blind Rebound Outlet

Keep the rebounder in the dark about where the ball is going to work on game-like situations, then move into outlet passing and defending the pull-up jumper WHY USE IT Rebounders have their back to the ball on a shot in a game, so simulate the same scenario in practice. SET UP A rebounder is facing the hoop under the […]