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:
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
But they can be helpful in certain situations. Defending a team with superior talent or a star player is always a challenge, and a junk defense may help. Some of these defenses include the "triangle defense", the "box-and-1", "diamond-and-1", "triangle-and-2", "inverted triangle-and-2", "1-3 and a chaser", and "3-1 and a chaser".
In man-to-man defense each player is responsible to cover one player on the other team. They follow this player wherever they go on the court. In zone defense, players have certain positions or areas of the court they cover. The guards usually play at the top of the key with the forwards playing closer to the basket and on opposite sides.