Basketball Drills Team Defense

These defensive drills are from a collection put together by Nate Hill, Assistant Boys Coach at Colonel Crawford High School in North Robinson Ohio. He has coached for 18 years from 7th grade through Varsity Head Coach.

He has also started a basketball coaching newsletter.

You can see his first edition as well as subscribe to the Newsletter at this link: Next Level 419 Coaching Newsletter

In case you have any questions or comments for Coach Hill, here is his email address: NHill@bucyrusschools.orgit

I hope that these drills give you some ideas for adding variety and simulating game situations in the defensive segment of your practice. Or, they get you thinking about ways to adapt these ideas to your program.






Shell Drill “Drive”

Call is used to make the offensive player drive and defense rotate. The defensive player must touch the sideline or volleyball line to give offense the advantage. Everyone must rotate and stop the ball.





“Drive” is yelled by coach, and 3’s defender must touch sideline. 3 drives and all rotate and help stop ball. Defense must talk. This can be called at any time





Stop Penetration Drill

#1 – 1x starts behind 1. 4x or 5x must stop penetration. x2 or x3 must help the helper





#2: x2 starts behind 2 who drives. x4 must stop penetration. x5, x3, and x1 all must help the helper. Switch sides and alignments





Shell Drill “Trap”

They use the “Trap” call in shell. defender whose man passes ball, goes and traps ball. Usually used in games when players cut weakside and isolate in corners





“Trap” is called. x3 and x4 go trap ball in corner. Players keep feet, trap with legs, and arms high. Other teammates look for tip,or deflection. Looking for weak pass with arms.

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3 comments for “Basketball Drills Team Defense

  1. Robert Capen
    January 16, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Excellent drills from the shell!

  2. Dave Doemel
    January 16, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Great stuff….in the practice plan for tomorrow…..always looking for new ideas to teach these basic concepts. Thanks Toolbox and thanks Coach Hill

  3. Lee Rogers
    January 16, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Very helpful

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