Playing on the ball defense is all about staying low in a wide defensive stance and being able to quickly slide laterally in either direction to cut off the ball handler when they go to drive the ball. The medicine ball defensive slides basketball drill will work on the player staying low in a defensive stance as well as conditioning.
This defensive basketball drill aims to teach the player to stay low in a stance the entire time they are on defense and then also give them the strength and conditioning in their legs to do so. For this basketball drill, you don’t have to go very long, either. It only needs to go for 15-30 seconds before you rotate in the next player. This makes it great for basketball practices or small group workouts where you have a set amount of time on the floor.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Medicine Ball Defensive Slides Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: Medicine ball (Use a regular basketball for younger players or don’t have a weighted ball).
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on defensive slide principles, leg strength, and conditioning.
- Stay in a defensive stance the entire time and keep your back straight.
- Don’t let your feet come together.
- You can go to two players at a time if you want.
- Just start them on opposite sides of the center circle.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The player will stand on the center circle line with one foot on the half-court line as well.
- They will lift the ball up over their head and then get into a defensive stance.
- They will slide around the center circle in a defensive stance until their foot touches the half-court line on the other side.
- As soon as they touch the line, they are going to slide back the other direction.
- This will continue for the desired amount of time.
- Usually, 15-30 seconds is a good time to aim for if the player is going their hardest.