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Basketball Defensive Drills - Block Drill

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Align your players in three lines at half court, with the ball in the middle line. You start the drill as if you were doing the old figure 8 shooting drill.


The player in the middle line will pass to either side. If he passes to the right he goes behind the ball and spots up on the 3-point line on the right wing. The player who receives the first pass passes to the third player and goes to the left block. The player from the far left line catches the ball passes to the wing player and pulls to the middle of the lane in a helpside position. The player off the block v-cuts up and down to get open while the defender slides his feet and gets up in the passing lane. When the offensive player gets the ball from player one the defender must closeout and play one on one defense and either force to the corner or funnel to the middle which ever you teach.

The position does not end until the defender gets the ball or the offense scores. Usually we make the defender do pushups if the offense gets a rebound.

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If the passer sees that the defender is not seeing the ball then he hits the defender in the butt with the ball.

Make sure that the defender is closing out under control and really sell the block out because it is not a good defensive position if there is no block out.


Sometimes allow the offensive player to make a flash post move so the defense can practice defending this.

Later add a second line at the right wing area and when the offensive player catches the ball this last line will pick up the passer and you can teach 2 on 2 help and recover.


Helpside, Ball you Man, Closeouts, 1-on-1 defense and Block out


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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