Wing 2 - on - 2

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This is a live drill for defensive positioning and help. It is possible to derive offensive benefit from it but defense is the primary thrust.

 The drill starts with on offensive player on each side of the court, around the foul line extended.

There are 2 defensive players in the middle of the lane, facing mid court.

The coach is on the baseline, behind the defenders, with a ball.

Once the ball is in play, offensive players cannot cross the middle of the floor.

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The coach starts the drill by passing the ball in to one of the offensive players.

Here, he passes to 1

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Once the ball is passed in, play becomes live.

Defenders must react to the pass.


Here, x1 comes out to play the ball while x2 assumes help position, on the middle line.

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Since the play is live, 2 can make appropriate offensive cuts.

X2 must react to those cuts. If 2 cuts to the top, x2 must close up. If 2 drops to the corner, X2 must adjust. All the while, x2 must maintain his help position.

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If the ball changes side with a pass from 1 to 2, the defense must adjust with x2 becoming the ball defender and x1 becoming the weakside defender.

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The coach is free to make whatever offensive adjustments necessary to affect the defensive objective. I have found dribble limitations (2 dribbles max for each player) to be very effective, both offensively and defensively.

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.