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Basketball Defensive Drills - Defensive Shuffle Drill

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A defensive conditioning and agility drill. Can be done as a prelude to your Shell drill or at the end of practice.


Team lines up at a corner of the gym. 1st player turns with butt facing opposite basket and shuffles (machine gun) until coach's whistle. At the whistle the player defensive slides the length of the baseline. At the same time, the next player fills player 1's spot and begins to shuffle his feet.

When the player reaches the sideline, the 2nd player begins to slide the length of the baseline. When player 1 is at the sideline he backpedals to the free-throw line extended and begins to slide to opposite sideline.

Players continue this pattern. They go from FT line to half court line to FT throw line to baseline (ending with a 3 second shuffle at clap of the hands).

Number of Players:

1 - Individual drill done by the team


Emphasize PROPER stance. Keep butt low, hands popping the ball up. When they get fatigued (usually at half-court) stress not standing up but staying low.

Players focus on the basket they are facing the entire drill. At the switch to backpedal, emphasize players using their peripheral vision not turning their heads!

Players may not cross their feet.

Proper spacing is vital, don't let players begin until player in front is at the sideline.


Can do the drill with 2 teams and have them stop at half court (use this only to save time). Can combo this with the Banana Loop Drill.


Defensive Slides, Defensive Stance, 'popping-up the ball'


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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