Championship teams are also great defensive teams, and a big part of being a good defensive team is knowing that each player can individually move their feet and guard their man/woman. So it is important to spend time working on the fundamentals of being able to slide your feet and quickly change directions as a defender; keep the ball out of the paint and you have a good chance of winning.
This defensive drill is going to allow your players to work on their defensive slides in a competitive environment. It is a great drill to get players out of their comfort zone and working to get better against each other.
Drill Name: Follow the Leader Defensive Slides Drill
Drill Goal: Work on defensive stance, lateral quickness, and staying low when sliding.
Equipment Needed: 2 players and 1 basketball per player.
Tips: Keep your butt down and stay in an athletic stance the whole time. Don't allow yourself to cross your feet over.
Directions: Each player is going to start with a basketball in front of their feet and facing each other about 5 feet apart. One of the players is going to be the leader and the other the follower that must do their best to mirror the leader. When the drill starts the leader will defensive slide to their right or left and the follower must follow them. At any time the leader can change directions. The leader is looking to shake the follower and the follower is looking to mirror the leader. The distance that the leader is allowed to use is roughly 20 feet. If there are volleyball lines on the court, they can be used for the boundaries.