I got the inspiration for this [tag]basketball coaching tip[/tag] from Rene, one of my subscribers. It includes some fresh ideas on [tag]basketball defense drills[/tag]. Try this [tag]basketball drill[/tag] out and let me know what you think!
Stop the Ball Drill
Goal of the drill: To teach the players to run to a spot in front of the ball handler instead of along side of them.
Drill setup: Two lines near the baseline under the basket, one line with the [tag]basketball[/tag]s(offense), one without(defense). The line with the basketballs(offense) is on the outside of the other line.
Drill execution: You can either have the defense line start a little ahead of the offense line to give them a head start or have the offense line angle there approach toward the mid-court sidelines (place a cone at the intersection of the mid-court line and the sideline) and the defense line take a direct approach to the far basket. On the whistle, the first player in the offense line dribbles towards the cone at the mid-court/sidelines, when reaching the cone they cross-over and head for the far basket to do a layup. The defense line player takes a more direct line to the far basket in order to get to a spot in front of the offense player.
When they meet (hopefully before the basket) the defensive player squares up into a defensive stance and then they play 1 on 1 until the defensive player gains possession of the ball.