Illustrated Defensive Basketball Drills For Stopping Fast-Breaks, Big Men, Etc

 

The following illustrated defensive basketball drills will greatly help your team in becoming solid at "d"...

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 Defensive Basketball Play #1: FOGLER DRILL



This defensive basketball drill is used to teach defensive position:

 

- Offensive Players are allowed to make their passes - Offensive Players should not break from established patterns

 

- 2 starts with ball - 2 passes to 4 - 2 cuts to basket - Defender 2 denies him position and the pass - 1 cuts to 2's position - 3 cuts to 1's position - 4 holds the ball until coach tells him to reverse it




- 4 passes to 1 - Defender 3 denies pass - Defender 2 plays two passes away defense




- 1 passes to 3 - Defender 3 plays attack man defense - Defender 2 denies pass to 2 - 1 and 4 switch position




- Exercise starts over


Defensive Basketball Play #2: INSIDE LANE
 



ORGANIZATION: Work on a half court with a minimum of 3 players. The player are located at the pylons (one player under the basket and the other two at the crossing of the side line and the extended free throw line).

 

DRILL: 1 passes to 2 and 2 passes to 3.




At the same time 1 goes towards 3 to receive the ball in the central lane.

 

2 comes up to defend 1.




1 plays one to one, try to let him/her stay within the outer lines of the bucket.

 

It is also possible to limit the number of dribbles.

 

The defender must prevent the penetration and force the attacker to leave the bucket.




ROTATION: 1 takes the place of 2. 2 takes the rebound and passes to 3 who already took the place of 1. After the pass 2 goes to the place of 3.



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Defensive Basketball Play #3: TRIANGLE SHELL DRILL
 



Offense is spread around 3 point line. Defense is set in tandem position.




With the pass to the wing, 2 sprints to the ball-side; 1 slides to the free-throw line.




If the ball is passed back to the top, 1 sprints to the ball and 2 slides back to high post area.




With the pass to the wing, 2 sprints to the ball and 1 slides to free-throw line.




If the offense plays a skip pass, 1 sprints to the ball and 2 slides back to the circle.





Defensive Basketball Play #4: WEAVE 2-1
 



3 or more players 1 or more balls

 

In a weave player 1 passes to player 3 and player 1 runs behind player 3.

 

Player 3 passes to player 2 and player 3 runs behind player 2.

 

Then player 2 passes to player 1 and runs behind player 1 starting the begin situation.




At the end line the player with the ball in this case player 2 puts the ball down to the floor.

 

Player 1 and 3 touch the endline and player 3 get the ball.

 

Player 2 sprints back to the opposite bucket.




Players 3 and 1 play a 2 against 1 offense. While keeping the court spread.

 

The objective for player 2 is to stop the dribble (and with that the flow of the play) of player 3.




If defender 2 stops the dribble of player 3:

 

In a two against one the defender falls back to prevent the pass from player 3 to player 1.

 

He does give player 3 the opportunity to take his shot.

 

You can also play this drill halfcourt.





Defensive Basketball Play #5: FRONT THE CUTTER
 

 

 



Always stay in front of the cutter.

 

When O1 passes to O2 the defender jumps to the ball (one pass away). When O1 starts the cuts the defender down the court always stays in front of the cutter. When O2 passes to O3 the defender stays in front of the cutter. When the cutter cuts to the off-ballside the defender stays in the middle. The same when O3 pass back to O2, the defender goes into the right stance. => ALWAYS SEE BALL AND MAN

 

When O2 gives the skippass to O1, the defender sprints to O1 and does a close out and defends man to man.




Front the cutter over the screen.




Cut from the pivot to the high post.




Cutting from pivot to low post.





Defensive Basketball Play #6: WARRIORS SPLIT-LINE
 



The split-line is the imaginary line that runs down the center of the court, basket-to-basket. The split-line defense is best taught with a shell drill so the players can understand the break-downs that follow.

 

Defender on the ball, D4 (triangle 4), yells "Ball!". D2 yells "Help Left!". D1 yells "Help Right!". Any player (D3) two-passes away is on the split-line, one step off the line between the ball and his player and yells "Split!".




Defender on the ball, D1, yells "Ball!". D4 yells "Help Left!". Any player (D2 & D3) two-passes away is on the split-line, one step off the line between the ball and his player and yells "Split!".




Progression A - Deny the Pass to the Wing

 

O4 starts with the ball, dribbled down from 1/2 court to the Guard Spot. O1 executes a "V" cut to get the ball.

 

The defense, D1, attempts to deny the pass to O1. O1 should have to do an initial "V" cut, a back-cut all the way to the basket, then another cut back out to the 3-point line before he gets the ball.

 

Points of Emphasis: O1 is allowed to back-cut, but O1 is not allowed to go to the other side of the split-line. Put a second defender on the split-line if required. Insist on a deep "V" cut all the way into the key. If D1 lets O1 get the ball too easily, like the first time he makes the "V" cut, stop the drill and make them do it again. Play one-on-one when O1 finally receives the ball.




Progression B - Split-Line Defense 1-on-1 - Stop Penetration

 

D3 starts the defensive basketball drill by yelling 'Split!' to signify that he is on the split-line and ready to help. When he helps, he yells 'Jump! O1 drives either to the baseline or to the middle. D3 must stop the penetration and box out on the shot.

 

Points of Emphasis: O1 also cooperates by either continuing straight at the basket trying to draw the blocking foul or pulling up directly in front of D1 for the jumper. D3 attempts to take the charge, but does not leave his feet to block O1's jump shot. He must box-out and rebound the shot.




Progression C - Split-Line Defense 2-on-2 - Close-out the High-Post Receiver, Baseline Drive

 

D3 starts the defensive basketball drill by yelling 'Split!' to signify that he is on the split-line and ready to help. When he helps, he yells 'Jump!'. O1 drives baseline and D3 jumps to a help position just outside the lane. O2 cuts to the high receivers position just below the foul-line. O1 passes to O2 when stopped by/at D3. D1 stays with O1 until O1 is stopped by D3. He then follows the pass high and closes-out on O2. O2 takes the immediate jump-shot.

 

Points of Emphasis: D3 cooperates by not blocking the pass from O1 to O2. O1 cooperates by stopping at D3's trap and making the good pass to O2. D1 must wait until pass is made before attempting the close-out. D3 boxes out O1. D1 does not leave his feet to block O2's jump shot. He must box-out and rebound the shot.




Progression D - Split-Line Defense 2-on-2 - Close-out the High-Post Receiver, Middle Drive

 

D3 starts the defensive basketball drill by yelling 'Split!' to signify that he is on the split-line and ready to help. When he helps, he yells 'Jump!'. O1 drives down the middle and D3 jumps to a help position just inside the lane. O2 cuts to the high receivers position just below the foul-line. O1 passes to O2 when stopped by D3. D1 stays with O1. D3 follows the pass high and closes-out on O2 as he is closest and has the best angle. O2 takes the immediate jump-shot.

 

Points of Emphasis: D3 cooperates by not blocking the pass from O1 to O2. O1 cooperates by stopping at D3's trap and making the good pass to O2. D3 must wait until pass is made before attempting the close-out. D1 and D3 then box out.




Progression E - Split-Line Defense 3-on-3 - Close-out the Baseline Receiver

 

D3 starts the defensive basketball drill by yelling 'Split!' to signify that he is on the split-line and ready to help. O1 drives toward the basket and D3 jumps to a help position just outside the lane and yells 'Jump!' as he moves to stop O1's drive. O2 cuts to the high receivers position just below the foul-line. O1 tries to pass to O3 when stopped by D3. D2 drops to cover O3 and deny the pass.

 

Points of Emphasis: D3 cooperates by not blocking the pass from O1 to O3. O1 cooperates by stopping at D3's trap and trying to make the good pass to O3. D2 waits until he sees O1 start to drive before attempting the baseline close-out. D2 must intercept or knock the pass away.




Progression F - Split-Line Defense 3-on-3 - Close-out the Baseline Receiver

 

D3 starts the defensive basketball drill by yelling 'Split!' to signify that he is on the split-line and ready to help. O1 drives toward the basket and D3 jumps to a help position just outside the lane and yells 'Jump!' as he moves to stop O1's drive. O2 cuts to the high receivers position just below the foul-line. O1 tries to pass to O2 or O3 when stopped by D3. D2 drops to cover O3 and deny the pass. D1 must recover to O2.

 

Points of Emphasis: D3 cooperates by not blocking the pass from O1 to O2 or O3. O1 cooperates by stopping at D3's trap and trying to make the good pass to O2 or O3. D2 waits until he sees O1 start to drive before attempting the baseline close-out. D2 must intercept or knock the pass away. D1 must recover to O2. All box out on the shot.




Progression G - Split-Line Defense 3-on-3 - Close-out All Receivers

 

D3 starts the defensive basketball drill by yelling 'Split!' to signify that he is on the split-line and ready to help. O1 drives down the middle and D3 jumps to a help position just inside the lane and yells 'Jump!' as he moves to stop O1's drive. O2 cuts to the high receivers position just below the foul-line. O1 tries to pass to O2 or O3 when stopped by D3. D2 drops to cover O3 and deny the pass. D3 closes-out the High-Post Receiver, O2, as he is closest and has the best angle. D1 stays with O1 and boxes out on the shot.

 

Points of Emphasis: D3 can cooperate by not blocking the pass at first, but then let them play live. O1 can also cooperate at first by stopping at D3's trap and trying to make the good pass to O3. D2 waits until he sees O1 start to drive before attempting the baseline close-out. D2 must intercept or knock the pass away. D3 must close-out O2 and not leave his feet, but must not leave O1 until the pass has gone. Defense boxes out. Variation: Defense stays on until they recover 3 missed shots / get 3 turn-overs in a row.

 

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