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Basketball Defensive Drills - 1-5 Drill

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Set up 5 offensive players, 2 (1 each) in the corners, 2 (1 each) at a high wing, and one at the point. Set up 4 defensive players playing man-to-man on all offensive players except the point.

There are 5 different defensive aspects that are addressed in this drill.

POSITION-- Have the offensive players pass the ball around and stress good defensive position (always see your man and the ball).

HEDGE-- The offensive players can now dribble the ball. One player must set a screen for the dribbler. The defender calls out 'screen' and takes a quick jab step to try to make the dribbler pick up his dribble and give the other defender time to get around the screen. Note: The hedger's first move is the quick jab step and his second move is to get back quickly on his man with his hands in the air to try and stop an overhead pass.

FRONT THE CUTTER-- The offensive player at the wing passes to the corner and cuts through looking for a pass to the basket. The defender must front the cut and force a lob or no pass at all. The off side wing and point rotate and fill the spot of the cutter. Note: The defender must use his body to force the cutter to go where he wants him to go.

DRIVE THE BASELINE-- The ball is thrown to the corner. The defender lets the ball go baseline and yells 'help'. The off side baseline defender slides over to trap the ball. The off side wing defender slides to the baseline, and the ball side wing defender slides to the opposite wing.

Note: It is essential for the beat defender to yell 'help', but if the off side defender is player proper position defense, he will see the move.

ALL OF THE ABOVE-- Each of the top four aspects are incorporated together.

Number of Players:

8 or 9


Work on each aspect separately. Don't do all four together without working on each one individually. After each one has been worked on, you are ready for Step #5.

This probably won't be your team's favorite drill, but it is a very effective drill that will make defense second nature to your kids.




Defensive position


This basketball drill is licensed under a Creative Commons License. This drill is from Pål Degerstrøm at www.degerstrom.com/basketball.

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