When the player brings the ball down from above his head he is going to go into the dribble.
Place feet wide apart so the player cannot go past you.
Go two steps back to create a gap and go into a dribble defense mode.
Knees bent, back bent, feet wide and hands down and outwards.
Look wide and intimidating.
Alternate which foot is dropped first.
Do this drill ten times.
This is a quickness drill.
Concentrate on keeping low and quick to create a gap between you and the ball handler so he cannot go around you.
Players stand on each side of the hoop.
On the coach's whistle they will jump and touch the backboard 5 times, before then turning and sprint back on defence.
Footwork and Movement
You never want to lunge at the ball when shadowing a dribbling ball carrier.
Keep one foot on the floor at all times and keep your balance. So if your man catches the ball you can immediately to an on the ball defensive position.
Glide out to the side line and back to the block.
Do this three times, rest and repeat. Do another three then repeat on the other side.
This can de done in pairs or individually as a simulation drill.
This drill will need 1 person with a ball and a offensive and defensive player who will be set up between the cones.
The offensive player will run from cone to cone. The defence must keep a hand between the ball and the offensive player to stop a pass going through.
Footwork and Movement
The players will pair up with one offensive player and one defensive player. The offensive player will dribble from cone to cone. The defensive player will keep their head in line with the ball using a defensive slide. Once they come to the end of the cones the players will go back to the start and the offence and defence will switch over.
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