5-6 players line up around the 3 point arc, with one player in the middle. This drill is great for practicing closeouts, rebounding conditioning, and mental and physical toughness.
Five or six players line up around the 3 Point arc. One player is in the middle (In the lane area) with a basketball.
The man in the middle passes the ball to the first player around the arc and closes out on him in a good defensive stance.
The offensive player has 2-3 dribbles to take the ball to the basket, shoot a pull-up jumper, or shoot a 3-point shot.
Once the shot is taken, the defensive player blocks out and attempts to hustle after the rebound. The offensive player also goes for the rebound (if offense gets it they put back). The one on one goes on until the defensive player gets the rebound, even if the offensive player makes the basket. Good offensive rebounders can often get from 5-10 rebounds. There are no fouls or out of bounds, so it gets very rough. The defensive player is finished when they go through each player. Then the next player will go with the defensive player going to the end of the line around the arc.
Encourage the players to really go at it. We have come close to fights during this drill in practice, but if they do it right, they become relentless on the boards.
Most of the players really love the drill.
Encourage offensive rebounders to go for 10 offensive rebounds and the defense to give up zero offensive rebounds.
You can have guards work with guards and forward and centers work together.
Many of the guards like to go up against the bigger kids. It also helps the big kids with quickness.
This basketball drill is licensed under a Creative Commons License. This drill is from Pål Degerstrøm at www.degerstrom.com/basketball.