What we do is have the ball defender under the basket just as you described. His job is to defend the basket and yell "ball!" when the ball is thrown in. If it is near a defender he yells the defenders name. I tell the other players to play "butt to the ball" and stay between their man and the basket and watch the eyes of who they are guarding.
Defensive players start under the basket and must sprint out and close out on each of the four offensive players spread around the three-point arc. They then retreat to the basket and move on to the next player. Purpose: The primary purpose of this drill is to work on closeout technique. Specifically, footwork and staying on balance. Setup:
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The Pack Line defense is a variation of a man-to-man defense that involves players sagging closer to the basket instead of cutting off passing lanes. It was created by Dick Bennett of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Wisconsin, and Washington State.
It forces defenders to learn how to defend in a game-like environment. There is nothing better than improving on ball defense by putting the defensive player out on an island and forcing the defender to stop the player one on one. Setup: Defense, X1 and X2 start under the basket. Each player has a basketball.
Player #5 tries for the inside screen on defender X3. As he cuts to that position, #3 cuts behind him toward the basket. If X5 follows #5, then #3 is open. If X5 shifts, taking #3, then #5 should be open, from his inside position on X3 and should be wide open in a path to the basket. Player #1 reads the defense and passes to the open player.
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In the NBA, a semi-circle is painted under the basket to help officials determine if a player is positioned in an area where this rules applies. In college basketball, no line exists, and it is up to the official to determine if the secondary defender is under the basket.
The goal of this basketball defense drill teaches players how to change between slide steps and sprint steps. Two lines of players start this drill standing under the basket; one line is positioned on each side of the free throw line.
The defense should be ready and very alert for any quick lob pass or basket cut before the official hands the ball to the inbounder. Phase 2. Ball Denial. Chaser X3 assuming an aggressive chest to chest position denies all passes to O1. Defenders X1, X2, X4 and X5 play box zone with their hands and arms stretched out. Phase 3. Match Up