Basketball defense drills don't have to be boring!
Build solid defensive skills through fun, competitive games. These games are also excellent basketball conditioning drills.
After the initial basics and general principles are taught, the best way for players to learn how to play defense is to go live in controlled game-like situations.
Players of all ages love the following games because they are competitive, challenging, and fun. It's amazing how much harder players will work on defense if the basketball drills are in the form of team games.
Give some of these youth basketball drills a try and see if they don't make your basketball workouts a bit more exciting and intense!
This is a live 1-on-1 half-court game. You really only need one ball, and it starts with the first player underneath. The player under the basket rolls the ball out to the first player in line at the top of the key.
After she rolls it, she hustles out to play good on-the-ball defense and goes live 1-on-1.
They play until the offense scores, the ball goes out of bounds, or the defense gets the ball. Players go to the end of the opposite line, and play resumes with the next person in each line.
Keep a running score for both teams and play for a pre-determined amount of time or until one team reaches a certain number of points.
My players both young and old love this drill!
It's like a full-court game, but everyone gets involved in the action since there are no more than 3 players per team on the court at a time.
To start, have 3 players from the offensive team come out on the floor and line up with one player in the middle and one on each wing.
Coach starts the action by tossing the ball off the backboard and the players rebound it, make an outlet pass, and take it to the opposite end to go 3-on-2 against 2 defenders.
Play continues until the offense scores or the defense gets the ball. If the defense gets it, they bring it down the court and play 2-on-1 against the shooter. They play until a score or the defender gets the ball.
Bring the next 3 offensive players and next 2 defenders out on the court and go again. After a certain period of time, have the teams switch from Offense to Defense.