The aim is to improve taking a charge, and timing of runs. Player 1 starts at the top of the key and in possession of the ball. Player 2 starts in the extended foul line area. Players 1 and 2 are offensive players, player 3 is a defensive player and starts at the edge of the lane, in line with the basket, on the opposite side to player

Basketball Defense Drills

The drill starts with player 1 passing the ball to player 2, and then making a V cut towards the basket. As this happens player 2 starts to dribble the ball towards the basket also, player 3 then runs out into the path of the player 2, but makes contact with player 1 on route. When contact is made player 3 yells or grunts and falls back, to alert the official to the contact.

Rotate players and repeat the drill.


  • Increase speed
  • Change to the other side

Coaching Points

  • It is essential for this drill to work that player 3 runs at the correct time, otherwise contact will not be made.
  • When using the V cut, the first phase is cutting towards the basket with the inside foot (nearest the basket). It is important to keep the knee flexed, and then turn sharply on the balls of the feet, and push back to outside, and shift weight in opposite direction, and keep moving to the outside.

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