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Defensive Defensive Basketball Drill #1: WHISTLE DRILL The player(s) line up and get in a defensive stance. The coach/friend blows the whistle. They then begin to defensive slide to the right. When the whistle is blown again they slide the other way. They continue this until the coach stops.
Defensive Basketball Drill #2: PASSING LANES First you need to be in a defensive position. With the butt down and knees bent, stay 1 step inside and and make sure there are 2 or 3 steps between you and your man. You stand there till you see the pass being made to another man. You got to look strait in the passing man's eyes and if he is about to pass it go for the steal and the easy layup. This drill works best 2 on 2.
Defensive Basketball Drill #3: HIGH TO LOW This drill requires you to use 2 balls and about 8 players. First you have one player standing at the baseline three point area (Low) and another is standing at the top of the key area (High). The rest of the group is behind the baseline. First the baseline player makes a two handed chest pass to the 'Low' shooter and immediately sprints and closes out with feet 'Squeeking' and one hand up challenging the shooter. Once they have tapped the ballhandler then that person is allowed to shoot. Once a shot has been taken immediately locate, blockout, then rebound and throw to the next person in line. Once a shot has been taken from the first group the next player throws a ball to the 'High' shooter and repeats the process. As your team gets better at closing out and challenging the shooter then allow for dribble penetration (3 to 4 dribbles). Defensive Basketball Drill #4: WT DRILL WT drill is a drill used to 'bang' cutters in the lane. Anytime there is a pick in the lane or near the lane, we demand our player's hedge and bump the cutter off path. Place onE player in the lane in the mid post area. Position two lines, one on each sideline, free-throw line extended. A coach needs to be opposite one of the lines to make an entry pass in to the cutting offensive player. The line that is opposite the coach is the flashing/cutting offensive player.
and then 5 offensive players. On the whistle.. one dribbler tries to break each line of defense without committing a violation. Contact is a must. Say the ball goes left to the two and the 4 traps in the center corner. The other team passes the ball in. Defensive Basketball Drill #7: SHELL DRILL-DOUBLE TEAMING Make it a diamond format (1 guard . blow the whistle for the next dribbler.1 center) 4 on 4 four half court game. In the first case it is the guard double-teaming and in the second it is the forward coming for the doubleteam. depending on number of players you have. and the direction he or she chooses (if he goes left the 1 will pick him up) that person must force him to the corner to the 3 or 4. The other side watches for a long pass. Offensive man must try to get open in the lane. 1 is a fast person down to 5 being the center. Defensive Basketball Drill #6: THE GAUNTLET Three defenders are spread out at the foul line (1 in middle and 1 each at foul line extended). Double-team everywhere on the half court except in the point guard position. Stress forcing the dribbler to the sideline. The 5 are the safety valve to fill in for the 3 or 4. the 3 or 4 will trap with the 1 or 2. defensive player must see ball and man (man cutting to basket)and 'bang' his man to knock him off path.. Once a dribbler is past the first foul line. This will keep the drill active and work on conditioning. 3 and 4 are on the corners of half court and 5 are on the free throw line on other end. Defensive Basketball Drill #5: FULL-COURT TRAP This drill requires 5 defensive players with 5 positions.2 forwards . then it becomes one on one. Another three defenders are spread out similarly at half court and 1-3 defenders at the opposite foul line. where the trap is easier because the defense has an extra defender (sideline). have your player's double team as soon as the ball goes to the forward or the guard dribbles to one wing.As offensive player cuts in to the lane. A line is formed under the near hoop with at least 3 good ball-handlers. 1 and 2 positions are on the top corners of the free throw on your team's side. If coach passes to offensive player and player catches the ball. .
Once the offense shoots. A coach or manager will throw the ball off the glass..Have your players rotating. Select three players to go inside the three point line. This would be especially good for a post player. they throw the ball to another teammate. then first defensive player and the offensive player who first handled the ball go on a 2 on 1 fast break the other way. The two players in the paint go on a 2 on 1 fast break. Two of these players will be assigned to deny the other player the ball. Defensive Basketball Drill #9: 2 ON 1 DENIAL The purpose of the 2 on 1 denial drill is to teach how to deny the ball. This continues until everyone involved has been on both offense and defense. The players on the outside are trying to get the ball to the player that is being guarded. This drill is also good for offensive players in that it allows them to work on receiving the ball when being double teamed. Defensive Basketball Drill #10: 2 ON 1 FAST-BREAK The drill starts with 1 player on the foul line. 2 Players should go after the ball and anything goes. The player on the baseline follows the play to the top of the key and will become the defensive player going the opposite direction. Once one of the two players in the paint has control. who is also behind the three point line. while the player who followed the play sprints back on defense once they have secured the ball. The Coach gets in the middle with the ball and rolls (bounces) the ball anywhere in the half-court. helping and pressing the ball (not for steals but for pass deflections because the first gives you a lot of fouls. another one of the three becomes the offensive player.. talking. If they cannot get the ball to that player. The player who controls the ball comes back to the basket and the player without the ball immediately becomes the defense trying to stop the player with the ball from scoring. at least here.) Defensive Basketball Drill #8: LOOSE BALL DRILL Form 2 line under the basket on each side of the backboard. Once this happens. one on the baseline. Place players around the three point line with only one basketball. The defensive players need to try to get three steals. . By using two players. or the defense makes a stop. emphasis is also placed on double-teaming. and two in the paint. the player on the foul line sprints back the opposite lane and faces the offense. This drill also forces the players on the perimeter to work on their passing.
You should be off the court at center court. When you say quick they get into the defensive position. as each player in the drill ends up as the defensive player once. When the facilitator shouts green light the children dribble forward. A 2 on 1 break is a nearly hopeless situation for the defense. Youth Basketball Drill #1: QUICK In a circle. However if you say get down they continue to do what they were beforehand. They are only out if you see them.. forward and backwards. then miss or make goes to left side. Youth Basketball Drill #4: SPEED LAY-UP DRILL Coach times player for 1 minute. then they will buy into the concept. coach says 'GO' and player shoots a layup (using backboard) from right side. blue and they dribble left. and of course red they stop. Instruct your players to move while dribbling in whichever direction you move . Coach may decide to give stronger players 45 seconds. Each child in the group has a ball. don't bunch them too closely together. Youth Basketball Drill #3: REDLIGHT-GREENLIGHT 2 Have a group of kids start at one baseline. yellow they dribble right. you in middle. She continues to alternate sides. jumping etc. Player with a basketball stands to the right of the basket. . team counts aloud number of shots made and encourages player along the way.side to side. Each line or player has a ball. or making a routine stop using good defensive principles in a game. that those types of play can be huge momentum boosters or changers. But if you can convince them that by taking a charge.This defensive basketball drill goes 4 trips up and down the floor. Change direction without words so they have to keep their eyes on you. team counts how many are made in one minute. Youth Basketball Drill #5: SPEED DRIBBLE Players start at 1/2 court or baseline. Youth Basketball Drill #2: HEADS UP DIRECTION CHANGE Along the center court line space out 4 to 5 players facing you. As they progress change directions more quickly and move faster. The kids copy you running on the spot. All during this youth basketball drill the children keep dribbling. Objective is to reduce the number of dribbles.. weaker players 1 minute +.
With two balls. tell them this is not a race. When the coach says 'red light'. X at the foul line get the rebound of O and are the next shooters. Reward winner by sitting out next round or X number of sprints. Double this when adding the third and fourth ball. Youth Basketball Drill #8: PIN-BALL Players start in a confined area. The O then runs the floor to receive a bounce pass at the other end.Let the players cover the required distance and count their dribbles. When 'red light' is said. shoot to get 20 makes in two minutes with 4-6 graders. Winner is player with most pins. 30ft. Continue reducing until you have increased speed.5 minutes Youth Basketball Drill #9: PCPP Three players are lined up in a straight line approx. the player stops. the x at the foul line gives a bounce pass to O for the layup. the player starts to dribble and walk. This players slap on the ball starts the drill and is a signal for the player in the middle to cut towards him to receive a pass from him. making it a race. On command. different variations could be things like walking backwards. or any errors in dribbling having the player to go back to start. let them pick-up their dribble. Then pass to the foul line. Youth Basketball Drill #6: SIDE-LINE LAYUPS The O's pass to the outlet line. The line to their left if they are going to shoot left handed lay ups and vice versa. everyone goes after cloths pins on everyone else. For the younger kids just learning. apart A player on either end starts with the ball. Repeat and reduce by 1 again. You can also use a whistle. etc. When the coach says 'green light'. Time . Try 25 in junior high and 30 with Varsity players. using opposite hands. X's always follow their pass to the next line. Have them cover the same distance and reduce the dribbles by 1. X throws a baseball pass down the sideline. Helps young players with aggressiveness. Each player has two cloths pins clipped on the back of their jerseys about shoulder blade level. Hustle. . As the level of play increases. one blow signifies 'green light' and two whistles mean 'red light'. Youth Basketball Drill #7: REDLIGHT-GREENLIGHT This youth basketball drill starts with everyone at the baseline with a ball.
Switch to your off hand and continue drill (5-10 min drill total) Youth Basketball Drill #13: GOPHER BALL Players start at 1/2 court circle or free throw circle. Each player has a basketball and one has a wifflegolfball or ping pong ball. If the player exceeds the two steps. .Go quickly into Offense. use both arms. Youth Basketball Drill #11: HOT HANDS You cannot dribble the ball in this game! The player who receives a pass can take two steps and then has to pass the ball to someone else. pivot and passes to the player on the other end. When your ball goes out of bounds you must do 5 push ups or run one lap. receives the pass that is thrown to him and completes a legal stop(jump stop or one two stop). As soon as the player receives a pass. the coach stops the game and this player is replaced by someone on the bench (if there are any). after you did that you can join the group again. Dribbling with your good hand (proper form required) you underhand pass the ping pong ball back and forth while dribbling. The more the try to tap away other players balls (in stead of just protecting there own ball) the better dribblers they become. For youth players I would switch the middle man after he has made anywhere from 5 to 10 passes or or you could do the drill for 30 to 45 sec. If you miss the ping pong ball dribble to get it and continue the drill. he/she is requires to count out loud the steps he/she takes. After making the catch and stop.The middle player cuts towards the passer. Teach players to react quickly to loose ball. Youth Basketball Drill #10: KEEP IT BOUNCING While dribbling try to tap the other players ball out of bounds. this player makes a legal pivot and passes to the player on the other end. Youth Basketball Drill #12: HEADS UP Minimum of two players spaced 5-8 feet apart (depending on age level). Make sure the kids keep there head up. . and then rotate players so that everybody in the drill gets a shot in the middle especially. After this pass is caught by the ender the middle player cuts towards the ender and receives a return pass from him where apon the middle player again completes a legal stop. Second dribble is not allowed.
then they are able to steal bean bags from the other teams. This process continues until all bean bags are gone. Youth Basketball Drill #14: BEAN BAG GAME Using half court place one team at center court. coach removes one ball. On coaches comand one player from each team dribbles into the key. While the players are running. Each team has one ball. Place bean bags in key circle in a pile. NOTE: Only one bean bag is able to be taken at a time. start to reduce area.Players lay down on stomach with eyes closed. Players scramble for ball. Toss ball into air and blow whistle. while still dribbling the players must bend down and pick up a bean bag each. and one team at the corners of the baseline. Youth Basketball Drill #15: BALL SCRAMBLE On command. Player without ball is out. With fewer players. They must then dribble back to their team while still dribbling deposit the bean bag and give the ball to their next team member. and returns. After two minutes the team with the most bean bags wins. . etc. everyone drops ball and runs to half court or bleachers.
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