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.
Keep body low.
Feet come together but do not cross.
One arm down and in front to prevent the cross over dribble.
The other hand down and in front to prevent the pass.
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
Players will run 10-15 feet before they chop their feet in a defensive position which is known as a close-out.
To simulate a breakdown in play pretend an opponent man is on the baseline about 2 meters away from the key opposite the ball handler.
The objective is to make the offensive player to take a shot outside of the key.
Chairs or bins can be placed on the wings to open up peripheral vision.
Turning to run, not glide into the help position.
Try to simulate picking up the ball handler before he enters the lane.
Defend the ball handler who is moving forward at speed.
Give ground by initially going backwards.
Block the shot and block out the rebound.
Do this drill 6 times on each side of the key.
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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