The Star Close Out Drill (Great for a warm up too!)
This drill works on several components, sprinting to a close out, contesting the shot, blocking out and the push step. It’s also a great warm up drill to use for games or practice.
In this video clip from the Man To Man Defense System - How To Build It Step By Step, Jim Huber instructs how to do this drill.
Players are on the baseline.
On the whistle, the first player will sprint to close out on the first cone on the baseline.
After contesting the shot and shouting, “shot”, the player will box out on the cone, then quick turn inside and push step back underneath the basket.
Once under the basket again, the defender will sprint to the next cone and repeat the process.
As that defender sprints to cone 2, the next defender in line sprints for cone 1 and starts the same progression.
Points of Emphasis
Make sure we are sprinting all out before beginning to chop our feet and getting our butt down and weight back on the close out. Both hands up. Staying down.
Watch to make sure your players are keeping their hands high as they box out. Hands down low on the box out make it easy for the opponent to reach over and maybe get a hand on the ball or a tap out. Hands high, flippers out (elbows extended).
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