Defense drills

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

Trap Drill Creates Havoc

in Basketball drills and skills, Defense drills

On one side create confusion, induce panic and force a turnover while the other side attempts to remain calm, build confidence and pass out of an aggressive trap WHY USE IT Trapping and double-teams are part of most coaches’ defensive philosophies these days. As players execute these actions more often, they can become lax in forming the trap. This drill forces them... MORE

Take A Charge

in Basketball drills and skills, Defense drills

Taking an offensive foul typically shifts momentum as defenders love rallying around the knocked-down player – instill this tough defensive mentality in your practices WHY USE IT It takes practice to stand in front of an oncoming offensive player and not move. The first few times, defenders generally shift backward or take a half-step out of the way. SET UP Stand under... MORE

Let Them Land, Keep Elbows In

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The intentional-foul rule has changed with referees keeping a closer eye on how defensive players close out and controlling swinging elbows when securing possession WHY USE IT Once again, physical play has pushed it way into basketball much more during recent years. High school players now must provide a jump shooter space to land when in the act of shooting. Plus, the swinging... MORE

Keep Your Hands To Yourself

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The new “excessive contact” rule comes from the college game and hones in on defenders impeding a ball handler’s momentum, especially on the perimeter WHY USE IT As the game has become more physical, players are used to placing their hands on ball handlers. That now is going to be called a foul more often as referees are instructed to look for... MORE

‘Forty-Four’ Extends The Defense

in Defense drills, Offense drills

The offense has an initial, marked advantage and it’s up to the defenders to slow the attack and even the odds WHY USE IT Offenses are taught to attack in transition when having the numbers. Teach your defenders never to give up on a play and if they hustle, there is a chance to stop an offense’s momentum and limit scoring. SET UP... MORE

High Double Screen Leads To 3-Pointer

in Defense drills, In-Game Strategy, Offense drills

UConn’s high double screen produces any number of options – check out this play setting up a strong outside-shooting forward with a 3-pointer WHY USE IT Bringing both post players high draws those defenders away from the hoop and forces the defense to guess which side the offense is going to attack. SET UP UConn ran the double-highscreen play time after time... MORE

Stop Dribble Penetration

in Basketball plays, Defense drills, Dribbling drills

Help defenders must be ready to stop dribble penetration, even when it occurs near the baseline, then back toward the top SET UP The ball is located on the wing with the on-ball defender tightly guarding. The post defenders front their responsibilities if those offensive players are inside the box. The weak-side wing defender cannot... MORE

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