If your basketball team defense struggles to defend as a cohesive unit, you may want to break it down into smaller numbers like 1 on 1/2 on 2, and then build up from there. That way, you can figure out why the defense is breaking down and reinforce your defensive fundamentals.
Basketball drills like this allow you to teach your players the basics of defense while also determining which players can guard and which can’t. Also, the competition aspect of these types of defensive basketball drills shows you which players have fight in them and are willing to give it their all, and which ones aren’t quite there yet. And, along with working on defense, your players will be able to develop their offensive skills against a live defense as well. They will learn how to catch and attack a closeout, shoot a catch and shoot shot, etc.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: 2 on 2 Wing Closeout Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and 4 players.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on being in the help, closing out, and playing great on the ball defense.
- Defensive players must communicate, and the help side man must see the ball and his man.
- Closeout under control and know whether you are closing out a shooter or a driver.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- There are going to be two players on each block stacked together.
- The players on top of the stack are on offense, and the players behind on defense.
- One of the top players will start with the basketball, and when the coach says go, they will roll it out to the opposite wing and chase after it.
- At the same time, the other offensive player will run to the other wing.
- Defensive players must touch the opposite baseline, and then if the man has the ball on their wing, they must closeout and play live defense.
- If the ball is on the opposite wing, the defender must jump to the help side in the middle of the paint.
- The players will play until either there is a score or the defense gets a stop.
- As the coach, you can determine whether you want the scoring to be on defense or offense.
- For this demonstration of the drill, you want to be on defense, so if you get a stop, you stay on defense, but if you get scored on, you go to offense.
- The drill normally goes for 5-8 minutes, and the team with the most stops at the end of the time would win.