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 MORE
‘Full Closeout’ Tests Endurance
After completing a full-court transition layup, those 2 players now must sprint back in the opposite direction to close out on shooters in the front court.
WHY USE IT
Too often you see teams convert a transition layup, only to have the opposition immediately inbound the ball, pass it up the floor and quickly score, which offsets your previous bucket.
Two players begin on offense and are at one end of the floor. Four players are spaced along one of the sidelines. These players eventually become passers and Blue1 and 2 are the potential shooters in the front court as the initial offensive players (in white jerseys) transition into defenders.
HOW TO PLAY
White1 dribbles the length of the court as White2 sprints up the sideline and eventually cuts behind White1 [A]. White1 scores the layup, then makes a pass to Blue4 on the sideline. Blue4 passes to Blue3, who then passes to Blue2 as White2 sprints to recover on defense [B]. White2 closes out on Blue2 as a potential shooter, then Blue2 makes the pass to Blue1 in the corner as White1 hustles to close out on this corner shooter. If Blue2 was open, that player can shoot or have Blue1 take the shoot once receiving the pass [C].
The initial offensive movements down the floor must be fast — don’t allow lazy dribbling — this is a fast break to start! This forces players then to hustle quickly back just as if transitioning from offense to defense in a game as the other team pushes the ball up the floor.