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Basketball Defensive Drills - Merry-Go-Round

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Group players into two teams inside the half-court circle.

The drill helps transition defense and verbal communication in defensive transition.


Tell teams to start jogging in a counter-clockwise direction.

Coach holds a ball and at a certain point in time, they throw the ball in the air inside the circle. The player who gets the ball starts a transition toward the designated basket. That player's team follows suit and tries to score, as the other team tries to stop them.

Coach should blow whistle after a made/missed attempt and repeat.

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Coaches should stress the importance of seeing both the ball and the man in defensive transition.

Coaches should also stress the importance of making the initial stop on the ball.

Tell players to run backwards in transition, so that they may see the ball easier.


One variation to this drill can find the coach taking players away from one of the teams at different points in time. This forces both teams to defend with a disadvantage and capitalize offensively with a man advantage.


Team and Individual Transition Defense


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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