The aim is to improve defensive position and movement. Player takes up a defensive stance underneath the basket, they then move in the shuffling position up to the foul line. The player then uses the sliding motion to go right, all the way to the sideline.


Basketball Defense Drills

To move up to the half court line the player again shuffles and continues across the half court line to the opposite side line, sliding as they go. The two movements keep alternating with every new journey. The next stage is from the half court line down the side line until level with the foul line. The player then must come in court to the edge of the key, and then shuffle backwards until they are out of bounds.


  • Increase speed
  • Change the path
  • Add an offensive player for the defense to follow round.

Coaching Points

  • In a strong defensive position a player would have a wide base and knees slightly bent with arms out infont and palms facing forward towards opposing player or the ball. Short quick steps are generally used, and feet should not be crossed.
  • When sliding keep palms up, around hip level.
  • When shuffling keep one hand up and one down for balance.

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