The aim is to improve defensive position, movement, recovery, passing and dribbling. Player 1 starts with the ball and is an offensive player, and players 1 and 2 stand in one corner of the court. Player 2 is the defensive player. Player 3 starts near the half court line and is another offensive player.


Basketball Defense Drills

Player 1 starts to dribble the ball up the court, player 2 must be in the strong defensive position and slide alongside player 1, guarding them.

Player 1 then passes the ball to player 3, player 2 must then follow the path of the ball and guard player 3.

Player 3 then passes the ball back to player 1, forcing player 2 to follow the pass once again to guard player 1.

The ball is once again returned to player 3, making player 2 switch across to cover. Player 3 then throws the ball down court for player 2 to collect.

Reverse the roles, and repeat the drill.


  • Increase speed
  • Change the path


Coaching Points

  • In a strong defensive position a player would have a wide base and knees slightly bent with arms out in font 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.

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