One of the most underrated defensive skills in basketball is closing out on the catch and then breaking down into a defensive stance to contain the ball. However, it is a skill that is absolutely necessary to learn and master. This basketball drill will simplify the closeout action and defensive slide movements so that the player can master each of the moves. Every player needs to place a high priority on developing a strong defensive foundation and mastering specific defensive movements.
Along with this defensive basketball drill being good at developing good defensive fundamentals, it is also a great way to work on conditioning and leg strength. The player will go anywhere between 15-45 seconds continually, which will help develop the player’s conditioning. It will also challenge the player to be mentally strong and stay committed to doing the moves the correct way as they begin to get tired.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Lane Slide to Close Out Defensive Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: None.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on the basketball fundamentals of closing out, the defensive slide, and also conditioning.
- Stay under control, chop your feet, and have high hands as you closeout.
- Don’t raise up out of your stance when defensive sliding.
- Stay balanced on your slide and don’t cross your feet or bring them together.
- Do at least two sets of this drill so that you can practice sliding both directions.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The player will start on one side of the lane with their outside foot touching the lane line.
- When the drill starts, they will drop down into a defensive stance and slide over to the other lane line.
- When their outside foot touches the opposite lane line, they will turn and closeout back towards the line that they started on.
- After closing out, they will drop back into a defensive stance and repeat the same movement.
- This can be done for a set number of repetitions or a set amount of time (usually 15-45 seconds).