Competition basketball drills are great because you can really see what your players are made of, and also allow them to practice different basketball moves against a live defender. The dribble line basketball defensive drill will show you right away which players want to play defense and which ones aren't, because there is no help defense.
During defensive basketball drills like this try to let your players play through the fouls, but make a call if it is getting out of hand. That way in a game they are used to the contact, and if a referee misses a call than they are already used to playing through a missed call.
Drill Name: 1 on 1 Dribble Line Drill
Drill Goal: Work on defensive closeouts and 1 on 1 defense.
Equipment Needed: 1 Basketball and at least 3-4 players
Tips: Chop your steps and get your hands up high on the close out. Don't over closeout the offensive player and be ready to slide either direction and cut the player off on the 4th pass.
Directions: Have one player start on the block and the other players in a line on the wing. Have the player on the block start with the ball and throw it out to the first man in the line of players. The defender is going to close out and then guard the dribble drive for about 3-4 dribble. The offensive player is going to kick the ball back out to the next player in the line and the defender must close out again and guard the dribble. Repeat this one more time and then on the fourth pass the defender must close out and the ball is now "live". This means that it is just straight one on one until either the offensive player scores or the defensive player gets the rebound. Have the next defensive player get on the block and restart the drill.