Defensive Breakdown Drills

Pass Denial

Preseason build your defense first. You can add offense at any time. However, preseason training is the only time during the season that provides ample time to build a fundamentally sound defense. Once the season starts, it is very difficult or impossible to install a solid defense. In installing your defense first, it also provides offensive benefits since you want to practice against good defense. Practicing against poor or “dummy” defense will not adequately prepare players for games. To be successful, players need to practice against good, hard nose defense. Your offense will most likely struggle at first. However, players will soon learn to adjust to creating good leads, making crisp, accurate passes, etc.

Team defense is best taught using a series of breakdown drills progressing from 1-on-1 to 2-on-2 to 3-on-3 to 4-on-4 and finally to 5-on-5.

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Defensive Transition Drills

Wolf: One-on-One Full Court

Cut Off & Control

3-on 2 / 2-on-1

Continuous 3-on-2 with Trail 

Back Court Double Teaming (2-on-1)

Circuit Training

On-Ball Fundamentals

Off-Ball Fundamentals

Off-Ball Screens

On-Ball Screens

Defensive Breakdown Drills

First Pass Denials "Dancing" (2-on-2)

Helpside Defense (3-on-3)

Triple Closeouts (3-on-3)

Denying Ball & Basket Cuts (3-on-3)

High/Low Post Defense (3-on-3)

Helpside Rebounding

Combo Screens: HP Rub, Down, Side (3-on-3)

Sequential Shell (4-on-4) Drills

Phase 1. Basics

Defensive Shifting "Jump to Ball"

"Seal & Recover"

"Quick Close Outs (Spots)"

Phase 2. Defending Dribble Penetration

Executing Double Teams (4-on-4)

Baseline Dribble Penetration

Middle Dribble Penetration

Phase 3. Defending Cutters

"Give & Go" Basket Cuts

Phase 4. Defending Screens

Down Screens

Base Screens

On-Ball Mid Screen (Back Cut & Diagonal Screen Entry)

On-Ball Side Screens (HP Rub & Down Screen Entry)

Phase 5. Go Live (4-on-4)

"Cutthroat" - Half Court"

Full Court "Cutthroat"

Sequential Shell (4-on-4) Post Defense Drills

Phase 1. Basic Post Defense

Post Shifting

Post Isolation (Live)

Post Close Outs

Phase 2. Post Disruptions

"Post Front"

"Go Base" Double Team

"Go Top" Double Team

Phase 3. Go Live (4-on-4)

Post "Cutthroat" - Half Court



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