This defensive drill is focused on teaching the concepts of help defense.Â Teach players to at all times to see the ball, the basket, and the player they are guarding.
â€¢Â Players 1-4 stand around the perimeter of the 3-point line on offense
â€¢Â Players 5-8 stand inside the perimeter of the 3-point in, each guarding an offensive player
â€¢Â Players 1-4 swing the ball around the perimeter, allowing Players 5-8 to rotate defensively
â€¢Â The defensive rotations are as follows:
oÂ Guarding the ball: Hands up, close pressure on the defender
oÂ One pass away: Deny position, preventing your player from catching a pass
oÂ Two passes away: Help position, up in the passing lane 1/3 of the distance toward the player with the ball
oÂ Three passes away: Help position, up in the passing lane Â½Â of the distance toward the player with the ball
â€¢Â Offense rotates to defense after the time allotted
Points of Emphasis
â€¢Â Sag back far enough toward the basket so that you can see the ball and your man without turning your head.
â€¢Â Use your peripheral vision to see the court.Â Avoid swinging your head back and forth.
â€¢Â Always point to the ball and your man
â€¢Â Yell out to your teammates to let them know what defensive rotation you are in (i.e. â€œDeny!â€ or â€œHelpâ€)