This defensive drill is focused on teaching the concepts of help defense. Teach players to at all times to see the ball, the basket, and the player they are guarding.
-“ Players 1-4 stand around the perimeter of the 3-point line on offense
-“ Players 5-8 stand inside the perimeter of the 3-point in, each guarding an offensive player
-“ Players 1-4 swing the ball around the perimeter, allowing Players 5-8 to rotate defensively
-“ The defensive rotations are as follows:
o“ Guarding the ball: Hands up, close pressure on the defender
o“ One pass away: Deny position, preventing your player from catching a pass
o“ Two passes away: Help position, up in the passing lane 1/3 of the distance toward the player with the ball
o“ Three passes away: Help position, up in the passing lane “½“ of the distance toward the player with the ball
-“ Offense rotates to defense after the time allotted
Points of Emphasis
-“ Sag back far enough toward the basket so that you can see the ball and your man without turning your head.
-“ Use your peripheral vision to see the court. Avoid swinging your head back and forth.
-“ Always point to the ball and your man
-“ Yell out to your teammates to let them know what defensive rotation you are in (i.e. “Deny!” or “Help”)