Defensive Slide Drill

Picture of Defensive Basketball Player

Picture of Defensive Basketball Player

This basketball drill is called the Defensive Slide Drill

Level: Beginner and Up

Instructions: Place a cone on each wing and a cone a few feet above the top of the key.

Players line up single file underneath the basket.

Coach says “Start”.

First player in line closes out on cone at top of the key and then slides to cone on left wing.

Upon reaching that cone, player performs a drop step and slides all the way across to the cone on the other wing.

Player then sprints to the opposite baseline and then jogs backs into line.

Key points: Low defensive stance. Arms wide. Do not cross feet. Stay on toes; not heels. Maintain balance.

This is a great basketball drill that emphasizes the fundamentals of defensive play.