By Kathleen Fields. Basketball Gear. Published at Friday, June 01st, 2018 - 19:41:29 PM.
The next segment could be team defense. Select 3 or 4 elements of your defense on whch you would really like to improve. Practice 5 vs. 5 half-court in which you emphasize those elements and keep tally of how often they are done by the defense. It can be a contest between the 2 groups of five to see who plays better defense in terms of stops, turnovers, and defensive rebounds.
I will have a ball and be toward the wing position, about half-way between the baseline and the FT line extended. I want the player facing me, in ready, bent-knee stance, on good balance, with the arms extended toward the ball, hands anticipating a pass. I will pass in to the post and have them take the ball in to the chest, pressing the ball tight with both hands, elbows pointed out (parallel with the lane line). I emphasize always keeping the eyes on the ball, looking the pass right into their hands, before they attempt any other movement. Well do this several times, until the player is comfortable with the procedure and until I too feel they can do the drill and move on.
You could start with a defensive rebounding drill and then an offensive rebounding drill for the 1st 12 minutes. The defensive rebounding drill would practice boxing out position, keeping the opponent from the ball, and then securing the ball possession, and the first move after that. The offensive rebounding drill would practice moves to get to the ball before the opponent does, followed by going right up for a shot after getting the offensive rebound. These drills should be spirited while emphasizing the importance of this aspect of the game being played well by all the players on your team.
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