Cup Slides

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Cup Slides is a simple and fun drill that can be used for defensive technique, speed, intensity and conditioning. It can be fun and even competitive.


Set up a number of cups on each side of the lane.

The player is in the middle of the lane

On "Go," player executes defensive slides, sliding from side to side. As it goes, the player picks up the cups


During the drill, the player must stay down in defensive stance.

You can add to the drill by:

Having the same player replace the cups while sliding

Having another player replace the cups while sliding

Record the time it takes to pick up the cup.

Set a time in which all the cups are picked up


Don Kelbick

Coach Don Kelbick has had 27 years of coaching experience, 25 at the college level including 14 years as a head coach and 10 years as a Division I assistant including stops at Hofstra University, Marist College, Keene State College, and Florida International University. In 2 years as a high school coach, his teams produced 6 Division I players and was ranked #1 in Florida 28 out of a possible 34 weeks. In addition to coaching he has scouted for NBA teams, including the Knicks and the Hawks, and served as a general manager in the USBL.
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