Being able to put great defensive pressure on a ball handler can completely change the tone of a game. If the defender can frustrate the ball handler and keep them from getting into a set basketball play, the other team is going to struggle to score points. This will also speed the game up and cause turnovers, which will lead to easy transition baskets.
This defensive basketball drill will work on being able to really harass the ball handler and crowd their space. On the flip side, though, it is really going to help the ball handler learn to handle the ball when being pressured in tight spaces. It is a great basketball drill to use with your point guards and the primary ball handlers on your team. And as much as this drill will work on different skills, it will also teach players to compete and battle. Basketball competition drills like this are key when it comes to developing your players and teaching them to compete on both sides of the ball.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Lane Line 1 on 1 Basketball Defensive Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and 1 partner.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on pressuring the ball full court, and also work on handling the ball under pressure.
- The defender needs to make sure that they are low in an athletic stance and are ready to slide in either direction quickly.
- The defender needs to try and force the offensive player where they want them to go, don’t let the offensive player dictate.
- The offensive player needs to use their body to shield off the defender and then use a great change of pace.
- Really look to change up speeds and keep the defender off balance.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Both basketball players are going to start under the basket.
- The offensive player will be on the baseline, and the defensive player will be right under the basket with the ball.
- When the drill starts, the defensive player will hand the ball to the offensive player, and the drill becomes live.
- The offensive player must stay within the width of the lane line, or they lose.
- The offensive player must also get past the free-throw line in under 4 seconds and past the half-court line in under 6 seconds.
- Obviously, the defensive player is trying to prevent this or force the offensive player out of the lane line.
- Every stop is worth one point for the defender.
- You can do this basketball drill with multiple players or just one on one and keep rotating.