Basketball drills for defense


  • 3 teams - 1 ball.
  • Possibly 2 groups on 1 basket (stay on your own side).
  • Attacking with posturing/running free.
  • Defender with split vision/fronte ect.
  • Passer waits for the right moment.
  • 2 teams with 1 ball.
  • Front player dribbles across the 3-pt line, other player follows.
  • Front player decides when to go to the basket.
  • Extend with a team of 2 that are low (more options, 2 x 2)


  • Split players into groups of 5
  • Normally have 2 or 3 baskets available
  • For example every 7 minutes
Basket 1
  • Shooting game
  • 2 teams or 3 teams from the free throw line
  • Everyone a ball
  • Push up loser(s)
Basket 2
  • 1x1
Basket 3
  • Shooting game with 5 positions
  • 2 teams, shoot around (only if you hit the target, move to the next position)
  • Start on position 1 and 5, loser killer run
Basket 4
  • Dribble skils (1-2 pawns)
    • Over the pylon (do not take it with you, keep control, from left to right, 1 hand behind your back)
    • Lift pylon with left hand, dribble with right hand (throw pylon, catch with other hand)
    • Left/right and touch pylon (timer, counting) - hand that releases the ball must touch pylon (low position, defend the ball)
    • 2 cones, dribble left, touch right
    • 2 pawns (8 dribble with 1 hand)
Station 5 dribble skills (row of pawns)
  • Slalom around the pawns, low dribble, back and forth (tempo)
  • Variant: low dribble, feet on both sides of the pawns, cross after every pylon
  • Low dribble, always touching the according pawn - stay in control, stay on the same side (dribble left, touch pawn with right)
  • Make 2 teams of 5 people per team.
  • Play a game and keep in mind the exercises played today.
  • Possibly bring in substitutions every 30 seconds.

1x1, after the check the player with the ball cannot dribble for X seconds (must pivot and shield the ball, then 1x1)

  • 1 on 1
    • Swap over all the time.
  • 2x2
    • Just play 2x2,
    • Variant by having 1 player pass into the head bucket
    • So that the 2 x 2 players have to run free
  • 3x3,
    • First pass 5 times before being allowed to score,
    • Or having a player pass to the head bucket
    • So that 3x3 has to work to get free


1 player under the basket

3 or 4 players with ball outside the bucket, distributed or the field

- Give numbers to the players

- Calling out numbers, defender must quickly step out and take up position

2 baskets, spread out:

- left-hand lay-up

- Shooting from 5 positions (1x1, loser press-ups).

- Free running (head of the bucket ball, 2x2 free running to score, emphasis on defense)

- Reaction game (1 defender in the middle, 3 players with ball around the bucket, call out number)


5 lines on the back line, trainer has the ball.

- 2 rows are defenders, rest is attack

- Everyone has to touch the middle line and then attack or defend

- Trainer throws ball in the field or in the circle


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