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Basketball Defensive Drills - Jail Break

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This drill is great for working on getting back on defense and giving teammates time to recover. It is also great for conditioning. You can go 3 on 3, 4 on 4, or 5 on 5.


Start with 3 people in white and 3 people in blue. The coach stands on the baseline with the ball. Have the players line up in 2 rows facing the coach on the free throw line. The 3 blue players will be standing in front of the 3 white players. Make sure the players are spread apart.

The coach throws the ball to one of the players in the front row. The player standing behind the player that got the ball has to go touch the baseline that the coach is standing on and then get back on defense. The other 2 are 3 on 2 going the other way until the 3rd defender can get back on defense. You can have as many groups as you need.

Once the players get the drill down you can go 4 on 4, then 5 on 5.

Number of Players:

At least 6


You can either make one group go so many times in a row or you can make all of your players go from one end and then start from the other. It depends on how much conditioning you want to get in.

If you have an odd number of kids, you can rotate them in with different groups.

The premise of this drill is to your players to stop the ball and protect the basket. It also helps with communication between teammates.




Defensive Transition/Offensive Break


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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