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Basketball Defensive Drills - Baseline Closeout

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4 offensive players are positioned along the arc while 4 defensive players are on the baseline, two players on each side of the coach who has a ball.(all four players, including the coach, are inside the boundaries of the foul lane).

Coach passes the ball to any of the four offensive players.

They play live offensive basketball. (coach can limit what they can or cannot do within the development of their players and progression with their offensive play. For example, no screens, basket cuts only, ball screens only, etc.) The defense closes out on the ball and positions themselves in helpside to defend the ball and their opponent. The defense must get 3 'stops' to get out of the drill.

A 'stop' is defined by the coaching staff. We tell our players that all players must box out on a shot, no one is allowed to get beat middle on a dribble, the players must fill'n sink on baseline drives properly, must closeout with hands high when their opponent receives the pass, all shots are contested, no one is allowed to front cut and no 'splits' are allowed. ( a 'split' is dribble penetration between two defensive players.) If everything is done well and the offense makes the basket, that does not constitute a 'stop'. Finally, if the defense allows an uncontested shot and that shot is made, it is a minus one for the defense's score.



Number of Players:

minimum of 8


Baseline players cannot steal the coaches pass to the offense

Offensive players can catch the pass and shoot immediately if they choose to do so however it makes the defense's task that much easier


Uncontested jump shot is a minus one


Man to man defense


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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