Bill sent this one to me last week. A great example for [tag]basketball defense[/tag] that doesn’t require a coaching PhD to figure out. Next check out the [tag]dribbling[/tag] [tag]drill[/tag] from Jaime.
One of the [tag]defensive[/tag] [tag]drills[/tag] I like the best I call the mirror drill.
Players pair up by position and find a line to be on (ie the side line or free throw line).
One player is the offensive player and one the defensive player. When I say go the offensive player cuts back and forth on the line and the defensive player tries to “mirror” her. We focus on good defensive position, staying down even when you get tired. We have them focus on the offensive players number. The drill goes for 30 seconds and then we switch. We start out doing 1 or 2 sets at the beginning of the season and progress up to where each player is on defense 4 or 5 times.
I believe this basketball drill builds great defensive intensity and it’s a great [tag]conditioning[/tag] drill.
Run the width of the [tag]basketball[/tag] court while bouncing a basketball. Back and forth 17 times. Left hand one direction and the right hand on the way back. You start at one end and you will eventually finish with #17 at the other end (because of the odd #). The coach is calling out the time while people are finishing.
Keep a chart on the wall and when they beat their own time they get to cross the old time off and write the new time.
We do this 3x every practice. After 17’s we do 10 free throws then a drink of water.