Help and Recover Defensive Drills

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These simple drills are very effective in teaching defensive help reactions and objectives.

Post to Post Help

Hlp  Rcvr  010Drill starts with a player on each side of the lane. They must be outside the lane. I like to position them with their inside foot on the block.

The coach is on top with the ball.

 

 

 

 

 

Hlp  Rcvr  011The coach throws the ball to one player or the other.

Here, he throws the ball to 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hlp  Rcvr  012As soon as 2 catches the ball, he becomes the offense. His job is to go directly and immediately to the basket. No dribble, no fake, just straight to the basket.

1 immediately becomes the defender. He must get to the other side of the lane, position himself between the shooter and the basket. His objective is to stop or alter the offensive thrust.

 

 

 

 

 

I emphasize 3 things to the defense: 1-try to meet the offense outside the lane, 2-come out along the baseline side (fits with my defensive philosophy of "no baseline drives") and, 3-no fouls. I do not encourage shot blocking attempts, Just close out and position.

You may derive some offensive benefit from this drill in emphasizing that the offensive player concentrate on finishing at the basket immediately.

 

Top and Wing Help and Recover

Helping Corner to the Top

DrHlp and recvr 1ill sets up with an offensive player on the top and in the corner ( 1 & 2).

The coach is on the wing with two (2) balls

The defensive player (D) is in strong side defensive position, guarding the offensive player in the corner.

 

 

 

 

 

Hlp and recvr 2The drill starts when the coach passes one of the 2 balls toward the player in the corner.

Defensive player extends into the passing lane to deflect the pass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hlp  Rcvr  003As the pass is being deflected, the coach passes the second of the 2 balls to the offensive player on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hlp  Rcvr  004Upon receiving the pass, the offensive player drives straight to the basket.

Defensive player reacts to help and stops the penetration. His objective is to stop the ball, above the charge/block arc with no foul.

 

 

 

 

 

I do not encourage trying to block the shot but rather to position to stop the drive.

 

Helping Top to the Corner

Hlp  Rcvr  005This aspect of the drill set up the same way as the "Corner to Top" drill. The change is the defender (D) is now guarding the offensive player on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hlp  Rcvr  006The coach starts the action by passing one of the 2 balls to the offensive player on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hlp  Rcvr  007Defense steps out to the passing lane to deflect the pass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the deflection, the coach then passes the second ball to the offensive player in the corner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the pass to the corner, the offensive player goes to the basket.

The defensive player must react to stop the penetration. The emphasis is to try to meet the offensive player outside the lane, gets to the baseline side (which fits my defensive philosopy) and no fouls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Block to Block Help and Recover

Hlp  Rcvr  013This drill sets up with offensive players (1 & 2) on opposite sides, outside the lane (I try to set them with their inside foot on the block), one defensive player (x1) in the middle of the lane.

The coach is on top with two (2) balls.

 

 

 

 

 

Hlp  Rcvr  014The drill starts with the coach passing one of the two balls to one of the offensive players.

Here, he passes the ball to 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hlp  Rcvr  015Upon receiving the ball, 1 must go directly to the basket. No dribble, no fakes, directly to the basket.

Defensive player steps to defend the drive. His emphasis is to get between the offense and the basket, body up with no foul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hlp  Rcvr  016As that play is being made, the coach passes the second of the two balls to the other offensive player.

On the pass, the offensive player goes directly to the basket. No dribbles, no fakes, directly to the basket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hlp  Rcvr  017Defender crosses the lane to defend the offense. His job, again, is to get between the offense and the basket, body up and not to foul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I do not encourage the defense to try to block a shot. Rather, the emphasis is on effort, reaction, footwork and closing out in proper position.
You may derive some offensive benefit in emphasizing that the offense concentrate on finishing at the basket immediately, but again, that is not the primary emphasis.

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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