Basketball drills for defense

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    With 3 men on the back line and the middle one has the ball
  • The middle passes to a man and runs after the ball
  • The man in the middle passes to the man on the other side, who also runs after the ball.
  • They do this while running to the basket on the other side.
  • When someone is close enough to the basket, the man runs a lay-up.
  • He becomes the defender and the other two attackers must try to reach each other with a long ball.
  • The goal of the defender is to prevent the attackers from scoring.
  • If the attackers do not manage to score, they must do 5 push-ups.

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  • Centers + Guards + Forwards - from U12
  • 2 or more players
  • 1 ball per pair
  • two baskets


Prerequisites

  • being able to run a layup at speed from the pass


Objective:

  • speed dribble is along the sideline because the shortest route to the other side
  • pass and catch on speed


Organization:

  • player takes a free throw and captures the rebound
  • catch the ball as high as possible
  • 3 sprints to the outlet position and calls
  • passes with an overhead pass to the outlet
  • the man with the ball dribbles along the sideline to the other basket as quickly as possible
  • defender over the axis of the field to the other side
  • receives the pass at full speed
  • and makes the lay up without dribbling


Teaching Points:

  • sprinting
  • communication
  • correct dribble start
  • push the ball at the speed dribble
  • dribbler must see where the flyer is
  • pass in time
  • shooter catches his own ball
  • passer sprints under the circle to the outlet on the other side
  • calls
  • receives the ball at the outlet position with an overhead pass
  • both players run the same 2 on 0 break as on the way out
  • but now on the other longitudinal half of the field


Variation:

  • put 1 defender at each basket
  • defender catches ball and gives outlet pass
  • and becomes flyer
  • shooter becomes defender
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Prerequisites:

  • Players can defend on their feet
  • and be able to pass

Objective:

  • to practice the double team in the arrow press
  • and the first rotation

Organization:

  • 1 takes the ball and then does not take part in the game, but counts down the 8 seconds
  • the defenders allow the first pass
  • (in case of 5 players, one of the attackers starts with a pass to himself or to the other and the weak side defender counts down) Â- defender 5 starts to double team immediately after the first pass Â- the weak side defender passes the pass to the free attacker
  • If the attackers get on the offensive half within 8 seconds they have a point Â- if the defenders win the ball they attack the basket. A score is a point. Â- The attacker calls when there is a foul on him. Point for the attack.
  • play 5 times in a row with the same teams
  • loser must run


Teaching points:

in double team, the attacker is NEVER allowed to pass between the defenders Â- the third defender must use all his energy to make the pass impossible Â- if a defender in double team is beaten by the ball, he must sprint full speed to regain a position between the ball and the half way line

arrowpress-backfield

Prerequisites:

players on the dribble can defend Â- and can make a pass the length of the field

Objective:

to practice defending the backfield in the arrowpress Â- to anticipate the pass and always make sure you are in a position to intercept it

Organisation:

  • 4 takes the ball and then does not take part in the game anymore, but counts down the seconds
  • defender 5 applies maximum pressure on the dribbler
  • the defenders can defend all over the field
  • attacker 1 may only act on the defensive half Â- attackers 2 and 3 only on the offensive half
  • after a stop or score, defender 5 takes the ball back for the next round
  • if the attackers score within 10 seconds they have a point Â- if not, it is a point for the defenders Â- the attacker calls if there is a foul on him. Point for the attack.
  • play 5 times in a row with the same defenders
  • 3 new attackers each time.
  • If the defenders make less than 2 stops, they must run.
  • when there are 2 or more stops, all attackers must run.


Teaching points:

defend the dribbler on your feet - he may not pass you under any circumstances Â- arms wide to make a pass difficult Â- defender 6 must anticipate the long pass to intercept it Â- must position himself so that he can see the ball AND both other attackers as much as possible (split vision) Â- always adjust his position on the field to intercept the most likely pass Â- if he has not been able to intercept the long pass, Â- He must NOT allow a lay up Â- Defender 5 must then sprint full speed towards the free attacker on the weak side.

Variations:

In the beginning, you may have to limit the space for attackers 2 and 3. Use existing lines on the floor, or place pawns on the sidelines on the attacking half.


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Requirements:

players must be able to individually defend the man with the ball Â- players must be able to dribble

Objective:

Force the dribbler to make a reverse dribble at the sideline and second defender goes for the steal.

Organization:

  • 2 against 2 across the length
  • losers must defend in the next round
  • the trapper anticipates the reverse of the dribbler and taps the ball away as soon as the dribbler has turned 180 degrees Â- completes the lay up on the other basket
  • a steal is 3 points Â- a 'normal score' by the attackers is 1 Â- the pair that has 12 points first wins Â- losers walk suicide


Teaching Points:

defender forces dribbler to the side, but must keep an appropriate distance, taking into account the dexterity and speed of the dribbler Â- defender must force the dribbler to the side so that he will make a reverse dribble

Variations:

  • left and right
  • with triplets half court; third defender must release his own man as soon as the attempted steal begins and cut off passing lines

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Requirements:

players must be able to individually defend the man with the ball Â- players must be able to dribble

Objective:

Set up kick directly over the center line.

Organization:

2 against 2 across the longitudinal half Â- losers must defend in the next round Â- the dribbler must be over the centre line within 4 seconds (the trapper counts down)

the trapper moves aggressively towards the half way line just before the dribbler crosses it (but due to his speed and the position of his defender is not able to change direction) Â- the trapper widens himself, but moves the foot closest to the touchline backwards slightly, so that he can close the touchline with 1 or 2 slides Â- the dribbler must never pass between the two defenders

As soon as the dribbler grabs the ball, the trapper stays with it Â- the other defender sprints towards the free attacker

Teaching Points:

defender forces the dribbler to the side, but must keep an appropriate distance, taking into account the dexterity and speed of the dribbler Â- defender must force the dribbler to move at high speed along the touchline to the attacking half

Variations:

left and right

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Requirements:
Players must be able to sprint and slide and switch between them Â- Players must be able to dribble

Goal: Press
the dribbler on the press

Organisation:

Have each player sprint fully along the drawn lines and always close off the touchline (set up cones) idem but now with slides idem with alternating slides - sprint - slides Â- attacker without ball. Defender must make slides as long as possible; sprint if necessary Â- defender must close off the sideline in any case Â- same with ball. Defender forces attacker to turn on the sideline Â- keep exercise short and intense

Teaching points:

defender should get as close to attacker as possible, taking into account dexterity and speed of dribbler Â- defender should close off sideline with foot, forcing dribbler to turn Â- defender should accelerate, get in front of dribbler before closing sideline

Form of play:

if the dribbler manages to dribble between the sideline and the defender, then he may score Â- defender then continues to defend Â- if the defender manages to make the attacker turn at the sideline then he may then dribble and the attacker becomes defender

Tips:

start with a weak dribbler and let him start with his weak hand Â- impose restrictions on the attacker in the beginning: he can only change speed, but not direction, except on the touchline Â- reduce the restrictions as the defenders get better


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Requirements:

players must know what the correct defensive posture is have

Goal:

  • reinforce good habits regarding defensive position
  • To increase speed and flexibility of footwork


Organisation:

  • do as circuit, 1 minute each time
  • player 1 jumps sideways with 2 feet left and right of the line
  • player 2 does that forwards and backwards.
  • players jump with 2 feet forward wide - narrow - wide. With a jump in the air they do a 180 degree jump and start over again.
  • player 4 passes the ball through the wall to himself and goes with slides to the position where he catches it again. Makes it more and more difficult for himself by increasing the distance.
  • player 5 defends the mid post and chooses every time another position (behind, swim over - full front - swim over low and back again)
  • player 7 makes a square with jumps on 1 foot (feather by landing) always 2x with right, then 2x with left. First left, then right etc.


Teaching points:

  • knees bent
  • head above the
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Goal: Defending the forward in triple threat position

Organization:

  • attacker makes an agreed number of different feints before shooting or dribbling to the basket
  • defender must anticipate with a drop step when the attacker threatens to go over the front foot
  • with a two-footed backward hop when the attacker threatens to go over the back foot
  • when the attacker brings up the ball, the defender should quickly step towards the attacker, stand against him, feet wider than the attacker,
  • Trace the ball with your hands
  • When the attacker brings the ball back down, the defender returns to his/her original position with a slide step or a hop backwards (arm's length distance)


Teaching points:

  • react quickly on the feet, before the attacker does
  • Distance from the attacker: match the threat he poses.
  • Shorten the distance to the attacker with mini-slides, so that you can react immediately


Variations:

attacker gives a pass to himself from the bucket edge

Starting exercise:

  • defender starts at arm's length
  • Square up = feet next to each other, chest perpendicular to the line of the ball-basket when the attacker is standing on the axis of the field.
  • Left foot forward when the attacker is standing on the right half of the field and vice versa.
  • Attacker fakes the shot
  • Defender steps forward, hand on ball
  • Attacker brings the ball down
  • defender recovers arm-length distance
  • attacker makes max 2 dribbles, left or right
  • after the stop, the defender steps forward again, hand on the ball


Form of play:

  • as above, but with shot + boxing out (= wall and rebound)
  • 2 scores in a row (also from the rebound!!) OR 2 stops in a row = loser presses and change
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