Basketball Drills - Defense

The Defense section will help improve your game when you do not have possession of the ball.

The aim is to improve defensive positioning. Start with 2 offensive players at the top of the key, one either side, and 2 more offensive players in the wing positions. Defenders start by the offensive players in the correct position.

The aim is to improve defensive footwork. The coach starts on the half court line. The team stand a few strides back, facing the coach, making sure they have an arms length of room in all directions. Each player gets in a strong defensive position with their left foot forward.

The aim is to improve taking a charge, and timing of runs. Player 1 starts at the top of the key and in possession of the ball. Player 2 starts in the extended foul line area. Players 1 and 2 are offensive players, player 3 is a defensive player and starts at the edge of the lane, in line with the basket, on the opposite side to player

The aim is to improve defensive positioning and movement. Player 1 starts in the mid court area and in possession of the ball. Player 2 starts at the extended foul line area and is the offensive player. The defensive player is player 3 and they stand in a strong defensive position, facing player 2.

The aim is to improve defensive positioning and movement. Player 1 starts at the top of the key and in possession of the ball. Player 2 starts at the extended foul line area and is the offensive player. The defensive player is player 3 and they stand in a strong defensive position.

The aim is to improve defensive position, movement, recovery, passing and dribbling. Player 1 starts with the ball and is an offensive player, and players 1 and 2 stand in one corner of the court. Player 2 is the defensive player. Player 3 starts near the half court line and is another offensive player.

The aim is to improve defensive position, movement, and dribbling. The court is divided down the middle length ways for this drill. Player 2 is the defender and takes up a defensive stance near 1 corner of the court, Player 1 is the dribbler and stands opposite, and facing player 2, close enough for player 2 to reach out and put his palm on player 1's chest.

The aim is to improve defensive position, and movement. Player takes up a defensive stance underneath the basket, they then move in the shuffling position up to the foul line. The player then uses the sliding motion to go right, all the way to the sideline.

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