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