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Basketball Defensive Drills - zig zag to stop the layup

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Required:2 offensive players, 1 defensive player, 1 or 2 balls.

One offensive player with the ball, sets up at the corner of the baseline and the sideline. Second defender sets up at the corner of the halfcourt line and the sideline.The defender plays D on the ball as in a zig zag drill. When the first offensive player reaches the hash mark she passes the ball to the second offensive player who then proceeds to attempt a layup at the far end of the court.


First offensive player should ball fake before beginning. Defender tries to turn ballhandler as often as possible. Defender must react to the pass by attempting a deflection and turning to sprint to the basket to beat the second offensive player.

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Defender tries to turn O and keep head on the ball.React to pass and sprint passed second O and stop the basket or pressure without fouling. Offense benefits with additional ball handling opportunities and experiencing shooting layups under pressure.


Using 2 balls coach can make the pass to the second offender.


defense on ball and recovery


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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