This is one of the better defensive basketball drills that a player can do on their own or with a small group of players. It is such a good basketball drill because it will work on several different basketball-specific movements, and it is also going to teach the player how to be efficient with their movements. This is also a great basketball workout for developing a player’s conditioning and teaching them to think when tired.
The 4 cones defensive basketball drill will work on closing out, defensive slides, backpedaling, and then opening up the hips when turning to change directions. During the course of a game, a player will have to go from doing one motion like backpedaling or closing out into another completely different motion, and the quicker and more efficient they can change actions, the better.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: 4 Cones Defensive Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 4 cones and a partner (optional).
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- Lane Slide to Close Out Defensive Basketball Drill
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on different defensive basketball-specific movements and conditioning.
- Keep your weight balanced as you make the different movements – aim for no wasted movements.
- Go as fast as you can while still having good form.
- Keep your back up straight, and don’t bring your feet together or cross them on the slides.
- You can do this basketball drill with a line of players; just have the next player step up after the player in front of them slides past the last cone.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Set up a cone on each elbow and each block to make a square.
- The player will start at either of the cones on the block with their back towards the free-throw line.
- When the drill starts, the player will be in a defensive stance with active feet.
- The coach will call out “turn,” and the player will rotate their right foot back (like they are going to turn) and then back to the starting position.
- This will happen two more times on the coach’s call, but on the third time, the player will open all the way up and closeout to the cone at the elbow.
- As soon as they pass the cone, they will break down into a defense slide to the opposite elbow.
- After they pass that cone, they will backpedal to the block, and as soon as they cross that cone, they will breakdown again into a slide across to the starting cone.
- This concludes one time through the drill.