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