Being able to close out quickly while still being under control is a skill that every basketball player should know how to do, but it is especially true for guards and wing players. One of the biggest keys to closing out is getting to the defender as the ball gets there. This way, you can set up in a defensive stance before getting into their shot or driving the ball. For the defensive player to be there on the catch, they need to anticipate the pass and then also be able to quickly close out the ball.
The resistance band closeout drill will work on the player’s ability to quickly and efficiently close out in any direction. Using the resistance band for this defensive basketball drill, the player will really work on their explosiveness and quickness in the closeout motion. It is important that the player first understands how to properly close out before doing this basketball workout because you don’t want to practice bad habits.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Resistance Band Closeout Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: Resistance band, partner, and 3 cones.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on defensive closeout quickness.
- Chop your feet close together and stay under control on the closeout.
- Don’t waste any steps or movements, and closeout with your hands high.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Set up a cone at the top of the key and on each wing.
- Hook a resistance band around the player’s waist and have the partner hold the other end of the cord.
- The player will start in the paint with the partner on the baseline holding the cord.
- When the basketball drill starts, the player will chop their feet in a defensive stance, and the partner will call out right, left, or middle, and the player must closeout that cone and then backpedal back to the paint.
- The drill can go for a set amount of time or a certain number of repetitions.