Here are two [tag]basketball[/tag] [tag]drills[/tag] for [tag]better basketball defense[/tag] that Brent sent to me. Try them out with your team and watch the improvements in your [tag]defense[/tag]!
This is a 3 on 3 defensive game. The only team that can score is the defense.
Put the kids in teams of 3. Have Team 1 as the defensive team on the baseline, and everyone else in 3 lines behind the 3 point line. The person in front of each line is team 2. The [tag]coach[/tag] is on the baseline, and rolls the ball to one of the players on team 2.
It is now 3 on 3, and as I said before the only team that can score is the defensive team (Team 1). They get a point by getting a steal, creating a turnover, or getting a defensive [tag]rebound[/tag]. If the [tag]offense[/tag] scores (Team 2) they get no points, but replace Team 1 as the
defense, and Team 1 goes to the end of the lines, and the [tag]drill[/tag] starts over. We do this drill for 6 minutes and the team with the most points doesn’t have to run the consequence.
This drill works on all aspects of defense: closeout, backside, cut off baseline, screen and roll etc.. It makes for a good offensive drill also, because they want to score to play defense.
My young kids get bored easily with the same old same old.
This one is probably beyond many of your coaches out there, but my young 7-8 years old love it.
Actually any drill that has competition in it they love. One of their favorites is when I line half team at one baseline and the other half on the other baseline. As I call 2 numbers the players race for 2 balls at center court, then [tag]dribble[/tag] back to their basket. The first basket wins!
This also works well from the sidelines.