Train your athletes to be better individual attackers and defenders with this drill from University of Colorado head women’s coach Ann Elliot. Coach Elliot loves to run this drill because it strengthens players’ footwork, conditioning and mentality in a difficult situation.
Drill Summary: Before beginning, set up a line of cones about ten yards off the sideline to use as a boundary (this can be a line already on the field if there is one available). The goalkeeper starts with the ball in the net, with a defender in the drill boundary directly across from the goalie and an attacker ready to re-defend. The goalie sends a clearing pass to the defender, who then must advance the ball to a line about 30-50 yards down the field (could be the restraining line). Once the player with the ball reaches that line, they must make a clean pass to another player who is waiting on the other side of the line. The person guarding the ball tries to force the offense to the outside of the field, create turnovers or cause a bad pass. If the defender creates a turnover or forces a bad pass, the defense gets a point. If the offensive player steps outside of the drill boundaries, it counts as a turnover.
Keys to the Drill:
1) On offense, use whatever individual moves you have.
2) On defense, focus on staying in front of the offensive player.
3) Good footwork.
4) Maintain composure.
In this defensive drill, University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari teaches his players how to effectively defend in transition when at a numbers disadvantage. The key in this drill is to take away the ball, elbow and block on the side of the court that the offense chooses to attack so the defense can regroup. The tactics used in this drill have helped the Wildcats become one of the top defensive teams in the country so far in the 2014-15 season.
Drill Summary: Five defenders line up on the foul line and five offensive players line up on the baseline. The coach assigns numbers (1-5) to each of the defensive players and rolls the ball to an offensive player on the baseline. As the coach rolls the ball, they shout out two random numbers. The players with the corresponding numbers must touch the baseline before getting back on defense. As the five offensive players attack, the other three defenders focus on taking away the ball, elbow and block on the ball-side of the court. The two remaining defenders pick up the offensive players on the weak side and live play continues until a made basket or coach’s whistle.
Keys to the Drill:
1) If there’s a player on the block during the initial breakaway, they must be covered up by the defense.
2) If no player occupies the block, the defender splits the rims.
3) Players attempt to switch back to their original man throughout the drill, if possible.
Michigan State University Head Coach, Cathy George, demonstrates how to protect against a short and long serve attack along the sideline. Coach George shows how to move the side passer up from the back line (now the ½) to handle the short balls with the middle passer now responsible to cover the long sideline balls.
University of Wisconsin Head Coach Kelly Sheffield explains his philosophy on defensive stance. He describes the why and how proper ankle load and balance eliminates negative steps, which gives your defense a chance to get to the ball quicker.
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NBA Strategic Skills Coach & Consultant, Drew Hanlen, shows you a 1-on-1 drill that can be used to work on both individual offense and defense. This is a great drill to reinforce good defense as the amount of turns the defensive player forces dictates how many dribbles he is allowed to use when he becomes the offensive player.
Drill Summary: The offensive player starts with the ball under the rim, facing half court. The defensive player is directly in front of him. The offense is not allowed to go outside the lane lines and cannot use a spin dribble. The defense is pressuring the ball, being physical and trying to get as many turns as he can before the offensive player reaches the free throw line. Once they reach the foul line, the players switch offense and defense and play 1-on-1 from the top of the key.