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Basketball Defensive Drills - Footfire Linebacker drill

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3 players learn how to move defensively but then go into transition from defense to offense. Teaches physical toughness and the desire to want the ball and to finish the play. (Like grass drills in football with linemen and linebackers)


Have 3 players line up on the baseline. On coaches command they sprint out to the free throw line. When they get to the line they must show rapid movement of their feet. (foot fire) pretend there feet are on fire and they are trying to stamp the fire out. Coach has a ball held with both hands.

On the direction he moves the ball they must react with a defensive slid, up means back pedal, down mean forward. Coach then does this for a 30 interval and then blows his whistle. The whistle means the player must hit the deck, rollover get up quickly and locate the ball that coach rolls down court. The first player to pick up the ball trys to score against the other 2 players who are now playing defense in a transition game.

Number of Players:

3 players


Make sure the players footfire for at least 30 sec. Great for defensive conditioning and to develop quick feet. Tell them to stay on the balls of their feet. Slide don't hop.


Sometimes we use 5 players also. The person who get the ball then yell out two teammate names after her retreives the ball and it now 3 on 2.


Footwork and wanting 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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