Teaching & Refining Defensive Fundamentals

"Building Blocks for a Solid Defense"

5 Days (10 Sessions) Plan

Individual Fundamentals: Guarding Player with Ball, Defending Dribble Penetration, Attacking the Picked Up Dribble, Strong Pass Denials, Quick on Balance Close Outs, Defending Post Ups, Defending the High Post, Defensive Rebounding (Shooter, Ball Side, Helpside & Free Throw)

Team Fundamentals: Double Teaming, Helpside Rotations, Defending Baseline Dribble Penetrations, Defending Point Penetrations, Defending Basket Cuts, Post Double Teams, Defending Off Ball Screens (Down, Back, & Base), On Ball Screens (Mid & Side)

Special Situations: Taking a Charge, Giving a Foul, Last Shot Rebounding, Defensive Transition (1-on-0, 2-on-1, 3-on-2),

DAY ONE – Session 1

DAY ONE – Session 2

INTRODUCE

Basic Concepts

Demonstrate cutting the court down in size: Trap Zones, PushPoint (sideline push), Helpside I, and Box Pressure (preventing ball reversal)

Pressuring Player With Ball – “On Ball Defense”

Basic stance & footwork: Ball, Push, Jam

  • Teaching Drill #1:– “On Ball – Basic 3"
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Defending Against Dribble Penetration

Protecting the "Blocks" & Elbows"

  • Teaching Drill #2: – “Double Close Outs" (Point, Right & Left Wings without Close Outs)
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Defensive Rebounding - Boxing Out Techniques

Guarding a Dribbler in Open Court

  • Teaching Drill #3 – “Containing Dribbler in Open Court” (without pass denial)
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REVIEW & REFINE

Pressuring Player with Ball

  • Teaching Drill #4: "Basic 3" (Group Shifting - Ball, Push, Jam)
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Defensive Rebounding

Defending Dribble Penetration

  • Teaching Drill #2: "Double Close Outs" (Point, Right & Left Wing)
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INTRODUCE

Guarding Player Without Ball – First Pass Denials

Team Fundamentals

  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Basic Shifting
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Defensive Transition - Defending Breakaways

  • Teaching Drill #7: “Wolf” (Pursuing Dribbler From Behind)
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REINFORCE

  • Competitive Drill # – “Denying Dribble Penetration” (Live 1-on-1 Legs Only) >>View/Print

 

DAY TWO – Session 3

DAY TWO – Session 4

REVIEW & REFINE

Pressuring Player with Ball

  • Teaching Drill #4: "Basic 3" (Group Shifting - Ball, Push, Jam)
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First Pass Denials

Defending Dribble Penetration

  • Teaching Drill #2: "Double Close Outs" - Right & Left Wings (add Pass Denial)
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INTRODUCE

Special Defensive Situations

Double Teaming Fundamentals

Team Fundamentals

  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Basic Shifting
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  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Quick Close Outs
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  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Seal & Recover
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REINFORCE

  • Competitive Drill # – “Three Up” (Live 1-on-1 Point)
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  • Competitive Drill # – “Denying Dribble Penetration” (Live 1-on-1 Legs Only) >>View/Print

 

REVIEW & REFINE

Pressuring Player with Ball

  • Teaching Drill #4: "Basic 3" (Group Shifting - Ball, Push, Jam)
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Special Defensive Situations

Double Teaming Fundamentals

Team Fundamentals

  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Basic Shifting
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  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Quick Close Outs
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  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Seal & Recover
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INTRODUCE

Team Fundamentals

  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Disrupting Baseline Penetrations” (Right & Left)
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  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Attacking Down Screens
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Defensive Rebounding

  • Teaching Drill # – “Helpside Rebounding” (1-on-1)
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REINFORCE

Defending Dribble Penetration

  • Competitive Drill # – “Three Up” (Live 1-on-1 Left Wing)
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  • Competitive Drill # – “Cut Off & Control
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DAY THREE – Session 5

DAY THREE – Session 6

REVIEW & REFINE

Pressuring Player with Ball

  • Teaching Drill #4: "Basic 3" (Group Shifting - Ball, Push, Jam)
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Team Fundamentals

  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Disrupting Baseline Penetrations” (Right & Left)
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  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “ Attacking Down Screens
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INTRODUCE

Team Fundamentals

  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Defending Point Penetrations
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  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Defending Basket Cuts
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REINFORCE

  • Competitive Drill # – “Three Up” (Live 1-on-1 Right Wing)
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  • Competitive Drill # – “Cut Off & Control
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REVIEW & REFINE

Team Fundamentals

  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Quick Close Outs
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  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Defending Point Penetrations
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  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Defending Basket Cuts
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INTRODUCE

Defending Post Ups

  • Teaching Drill #: “Post Isolation” (Live 1-on-1)
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Team Fundamentals

  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Post Shifting
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Special Defensive Situations

  • Teaching Drill # – “5 Second Call” (1-on-1 live)
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REINFORCE

  • Competitive Drill # – “Triple Closeout” (Live 3-on-3)
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  • Competitive Drill # – “Cutthroat” (4-on-4 Half Court)
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DAY FOUR – Session 7

DAY FOUR – Session 8

REVIEW & REFINE

Pressuring Player with Ball

  • Teaching Drill #4: "Basic 3" (Group Shifting - Ball, Push, Jam)
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Defending Post Ups

  • Teaching Drill #: “Post Isolation” (Live 1-on-1)
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Team Fundamentals

  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Post Shifting
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INTRODUCE

Team Fundamentals

  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Post Double Teams
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  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Defending Mid- Screens
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Special Defensive Situations

  • Teaching Drill # – “Giving a Foul” (1-on-1 live)
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REINFORCE

  • Competitive # – “5 Second Call” (1-on-1 live)
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  • Competitive Drill # – “Triple Closeout” (Live 3-on-3)
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  • Competitive Drill # – “Cutthroat” (4-on-4 Half Court)
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REVIEW & REFINE

Defending Post Ups

  • Teaching Drill #: “Post Isolation” (Live 1-on-1)
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Team Fundamentals

  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Post Double Teams
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  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Defending Mid- Screens
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Special Defensive Situations

  • Teaching Drill # – “Giving a Foul” (1-on-1 live)
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INTRODUCE

Defending Post Ups

  • Teaching Drill #: “Defending a High Post ” (Live 1-on-1)
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Team Fundamentals

  • Teaching Drill #: 3-on-3 “Defending Side Screens
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  • Competitive Drill – “Gut” (4-on-4 Full Court)
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REINFORCE

  • Competitive Drill # – “Post Cutthroat” (4-on-4 Half Court)
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DAY FIVE – Session 9

DAY FIVE – Session 10

REVIEW & REFINE

Pressuring Player with Ball

  • Teaching Drill #4: "Basic 3" (Group Shifting - Ball, Push, Jam)
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  • Teaching Drill # – “5 Second Call” (1-on-1 live)
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Team Fundamentals

  • Teaching Drill #: 3-on-3 “Defending Side Screens
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INTRODUCE

Team Fundamentals

  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Defending Base Screens
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REINFORCE

  • Teaching Drill # – “Giving a Foul” (1-on-1 live)
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  • Competitive Drill # – “Cut Off & Control
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  • Competitive Drill – “Cutthroat” (4-on-4 Full Court)
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REVIEW & REFINE

Team Fundamentals

  • Teaching Drill #: Shell 4-on-4 “Defending Base Screens
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Special Defensive Situations

  • Teaching Drill # – “Free Throw Box Outs” (3-on-3)
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INTRODUCE

Defending High/Low Post Action

  • Teaching Drill #: “High/Low Post Disruption ” (Live 3-on-3)
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REINFORCE

  • Competitive Drill: 1-on-1 Double Elimination Tournament

Check-In Rule for ALL Drills! Prior to putting the ball in play, the defensive player must first check to see that all of their teammates are in proper defensive position and  stance. Putting the ball into play without first checking to see if teammates are ready results in an automatic ten (10) push ups. Enforce!


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Teaching Points to Consider

"It's not what you run, but how you run it that counts"

“It’s not what you learn , but what you remember that makes you wise.”

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