Defensive Skill Development

Defensive Skills Practice

Since basketball players spend most of their time and efforts developing and refining their offensive skills, they are usually very ill prepared defensively. Yet, despite having little or no defensive skills, coaches still expect their players to be able to go out and guard outstanding offensive opponents. However, to be successful, players must possess a working knowledge of the various defensive skills and techniques.


Defensive Success


View  Basic Defensive Concepts & Principles

On Ball Defensive Skills & Techniques 

View  Pressuring the Player with the Ball

View  Defending Against Dribble Penetration

View  Containing a Dribbler in Open Court

View  Attacking the Picked Up Dribble

View  Taking a Charge

View  Deflections/Loose Balls/Saves

Off Ball Defensive Skills & Techniques

View  Strong Pass Denial Position

View    Defending & Disrupting Cutters

View   Defending the Post Area

View   Defending the High Post Area

View  Providing Strong Backside Support

View   Executing Quick Close Outs

View  Defensive Rebounding Techniques

View  Shot Blocking

Teamwork Skills & Techniques

View Double Teaming

View Techniques for Disrupting "Off" Ball Screens

View Attacking "On" Ball Screens


View/Print Printable Individual Defensive Drills for Skills





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