Individual Defense Drills

These basketball defense drills are geared specifically toward teaching individual defensive skills within the team defense setting. Most of these defense drills are 1-on-1 in nature to help teach individual man-to-man defense techniques and fundamentals. You will find even more Individual Defense Drills over at Hoops U. Insider!

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...]

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...]

Zigzag Defense Series

Zigzag Defense Series

Purpose: To improve defensive footwork and foot speed. Players learn to stay low and to play defense against a player with the basketball. They will learn the method in turning an offensive player and how to open up in order to continue to defend aggressively. This is also an excellent conditioning drill for the players. Drill: Defensive … [Read more...]

2 on 1 Stopper Defense Drill

2 on 1 Stopper

Purpose: To break down the 2 on 1 situation for the defensive player. Technique, principles, and confidence can also be achievedĀ in this drill. This drill also aids in the understanding of how to convert offensively in a 2 on 1 situation by making sound and fundamental decisions. Drill: Set up 3 lines as shown in the diagram. The drill begins … [Read more...]

1-on-1 On the Ball Drill

1-on-1 On the Ball Drill

Purpose: To teach the defensive player proper on-the-ball defensive techniques. This drill also gives the offensive player the opportunity to work on 1-on-1 moves. Drill: One offensive player with a basketball and one defensive player, as shown. (The players can also begin at any position on the basketball court). From a defensive standpoint, … [Read more...]

1 on 1 Basketball Defense Series

1 on 1 Defense Series

Purpose: To teach an individual defender the proper movements, footwork, and defensive techniques as he defends his opponent on the basketball court. Series Setup: This series of drills requires an offensive player and a defensive player on the wing, as shown. A passer or coach is also required (C). "C" has a basketball and is at the top of the … [Read more...]