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