Man-to-Man Defense

These fundamental basketball man to man defensive drills are divided into several categories to help with the 'breakdown' aspect of teaching and coaching man-to-man defense. Browse through the categories to find a vast array of man to man defense basketball drills. If you are looking for even more defensive drills, strategies, and tactics -- with near daily updates -- become a Hoops U. Insider now!

60 Second 1-on-2 Ball Control Drill

60 Second 1-on-2 Ball Control Drill

Purpose: To work on controlling the basketball via dribble, pass, and getting open against 2 defenders. Also builds focus, conditioning and develops offensive and defensive skills. Drill: 1 offensive player and 2 defenders. Coach or manager is also involved and on the court. Drill only takes place in the halfcourt. The coach or manager starts … [Read more...]

4-on-4 Closeout Basketball Drill

4 on 4 Closeout Drill

Purpose: To practice closeouts on the ball and closing out defensively when off the ball. Drill: 4 offensive players start on the perimeter. 4 defensive players start on the baseline. A coach with a ball also stands on the baseline. To begin the drill, the coach will pass the basketball to any one of the 4 offensive players. As the ball … [Read more...]

Closeout Keepaway Drill

Closeout Keepaway Drill

Purpose: To learn and develop how to properly closeout on a player ho has picked up the dribble. Drill: Divide players into groups of 3. Groups should find their own space on the court. Passer and receiver should stand approximately 10-15 apart. The drill starts with the basketball in O1's hands, O2 defending O1, and O3 ready to receive the … [Read more...]

Weak Side Forward Drill

Weak Side Forward Drill

Purpose: To emphasize defensive help-and-recover technique. The weakside forward steps in to stop penetration of the offensive player to the basket and then recovering to guard own player. The defensive guard practices dropping down to ball line to give help in the opposite low post. Drill: Player 1 drives the baseline so that X2 must give … [Read more...]

5 on 5 Random Movement

5 on 5 Random Movement

Purpose: To teach transition basketball while in a half court situation. Both the defense and offense need to react quickly to a change of possession. Drill: 5 players on offense, 5 players on defense. Coach or manager at top with the basketball. The offense will run any offense without the ball while the coach can: 1-shoot to test … [Read more...]

3 on 3 Full Court Drill

3 on 3 Full Court Drill

Purpose: To develop transition defense skills in a 3 on 3 situation. This drill also allows the offensive players to work on offensive transition. Drill 1: 3 on 3 Full Court Drill starts with the offense taking the ball out of bounds. The defense will pick up full court and pressure the entire time. The defense must be controlled and try to … [Read more...]

Shell Situations Drill

Shell Situations Drill

Purpose: To work on various situations that occur in a basketball game and how to properly defend them. To improve and develop communication skills. Also works on offensive movements and fundamentals that will improve team play. Drill: The 'Shell Situations Drill' is a more advanced version of the basic shell drill; this drill is intended to … [Read more...]

Tag Cutter to Closeout Drill

Tag Cutter to Closeout Drill

Purpose: To help the defensive player learn how to fight through a downscreen. Drill: Player 1 starts the drill by setting a downscreen on the low block for player 2. O2 will cut around the screen to the elbow. The defender should 'tag' the cutter and go around the screen with him. Once past the screen, take the inside route to closeout. Many … [Read more...]