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Basketball Defensive Drills - Defensive intensity and desire

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Each player must take a charge, get up and dive on a loose ball, pass the ball to the coach without traveling, get up and cut to the basket and receive a pass and make a power layup(can be contested).


Start with the players in a line on either wing.

One player is on offense and the other is on defense.

A chair is placed below the players outside the lane just above the block area.

The offensive player must drive around the chair and go to the basket for a layup.

The defensive player must beat the offensive player to the spot and set up to take a charge on the other side of the chair.

After taking the charge the defender must jump up and locate the loose ball that the coach has rolled anywhere within the half court, then he must sprint and dive on the ball. After getting possession he passes to the coach from on the floor, gets up and cuts hard to the basket. The coach hits him with a pass and he makes a layup.

Number of Players:

at least two


The difficulty of the drill is controlled by the coach.

You may roll the ball a long way or a short way.

The players must dive on the ball, no sliding.

Also, a defender can be added at the basket to contest the layup. A manager with a padded stick or a blocking dummy is very good.

Players must score to get out of the drill.

Make sure the offensive players drive to the basket and don't stop to avoid contact at the last second. No fakes!


You may set up the lines and the chair at different points on the floor to simulate different charge taking opportunities.


Taking charges and diving on loose balls and making a power layup


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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