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Basketball Combination Drills - Close Out/ Square Up

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A drill that develops the use of superior movement and footwork both on offense and defense. Used primarily as a defensive drill.


3 Groups- 1 group on the 45, 1 group on the three point line at the point position and 1 group at the baseline on the split line.

Player on the baseline passes to player at the top of the three point line then performs a close out(Short and low)

*Meanwhile player on the 45 performs a V- Cut

Player at point passes to 45

Defender must close out again then contain the offensive player

Number of Players:

3 or more. Groups can rotate through.


Be pendantic when teaching defensive footwork skills. ie closing out


Close out and containment footwork can be performed with defenders hands behind back.

Can start with pass to 45 first and alternatively point player can V- Cut

Make V- Cut player shoot and defender can perform a box out.

*If teaching offence encourage the use of patended individual offensive moves.


Close Out Defensive footwork Square up Offensive footwork


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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