Basketball Defense Drill: Corner Close Live
Drill Purpose (All Ages)

This drill provides practice in closing from a distance at the baseline angle and playing effective one-on-one defense. Emphasis is on not getting beat on a drive for a lay-in, and you can add your own defensive emphasis if you wish. For instance, you could insist on not giving up any base line drives.


  • The drill starts with the defender throwing a pass to a player at the top of the key, who then throws a pass to an offensive player in the right corner area. As soon as he throws to the top of the key, the defender sprints to close on the offensive player in opposite corner.

    They should play one-on-one live. The offensive player is limited to four dribbles. After the initial shot, the ball remains live until the defender gets the rebound or the offense scores, but the offense is limited to a single dribble per rebound.

   cornerclose (2K)

  • The rotation through the drill is as follows: Defender goes to the passing line at the top; Passer at the top joins the shooting line; and the Shooter joins the Defender line. The diagram shows the second rotation of the drill with players in proper lines.
   cornerclose2 (2K)

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richard says:
11/21/2007 at 1:02:33 PM

i am entirely nenw in the world of baskrtball, though not entirely. in the uk, i played socer but i felt basketball in my blood and veins. right now i thtink i know a little of the basics but i want to know where to start from and what to work on to be a real g. i also wanna say u guys are fulfilling a lot of teenage boys dreams at being better ball players.


Ava says:
11/21/2007 at 3:35:49 PM

Hey Richard dont forget girls


Charlie says:
11/21/2007 at 9:11:22 PM

I like this drill simple but effective to a player to play a good defense and also to the offensive player to score under pressure with limited of dribble.


P.W. says:
11/21/2007 at 10:42:58 PM

anything on the swarm defense?


Marlon says:
11/23/2007 at 11:15:06 PM

This is better than one on one driving line where the coach makes the entry pass because it gets more players involved. Also, teaches defensive intensity and reacting quickly to the pass.


Don Kelbick says:
11/29/2007 at 2:50:49 PM


I have never heard of a swarm defense.

Often coaches give their own terminology to the things they do. The same defense might be played by 10 teams and each team will call it something else.

Don Kelbick
Contributing Editor, Breakthrough Basketball


Derrick says:
2/21/2008 at 7:34:20 AM

when playing a 3-2 zone. How do you stop the 3 point or corner shot? who covers the corner


Jeff says:
2/22/2008 at 9:12:03 AM


The coverage for the corner in a 3-2 zone is basically the same as coverage in a 1-2-2 zone defense.

The person responsible for the corner is the bottom player on the block. So if the ball is in the right corner, the defender on the right block should cover the corner. Then the other players rotate. Maybe we can work up some diagrams to show you the rotations. We'll try to post some diagrams shortly.

Jeff Haefner


Jeff says:
2/26/2008 at 4:36:05 PM


Here are some basic diagrams showing the 3-2 zone rotations:



Richard J. Knight says:
9/25/2008 at 8:22:34 AM

I am on my third year as a youth coach. I am now teaching high school and adult players. I am finding it a bit difficult to teach them when it comes to discipline. I have to remember they are not 9- 13 year old. I know they are not little children but sometime their actions prove otherwise. Can you tell me some ways I can teach them and hopefully get rid of the little kid’s coach image?


Joe Haefner says:
9/25/2008 at 10:58:55 AM

Hi Richard,

You can find information on discipline at this link:


Wayne Walters says:
12/4/2008 at 9:31:19 PM

I should know about it because I invented it.

Contact me at or (C) 717-475-3934

I have tapes, handouts, packets, DVD's and professional DVD's
by summer, I spend my summers doing individual team defensive and offensive clinics all over the US.

Wayne Walters

PS. Sorry it took me so long to find you.


mbusi says:
4/11/2012 at 8:25:34 AM

hi i like this drill but wouldnt it be best to advise the defender to slide the offense to the baseline since the the line will help play defence


Bill Harp says:
6/3/2014 at 4:34:39 PM

mbusi the defender should never give the baseline to the offensive player. The help is to the middle and giving up the baseline will give up more easy shots and cause you to commit a lot of fouls.


Ken Sartini says:
6/3/2014 at 7:00:06 PM

We forced the ball baseline .. wanted to stop him at the short corner... the last place we wanted the ball was to the middle.... yes you will get help but someone will leave a man open underneath the basket... JMO

If we had to slide over and trap, then rotate, thats what we did... something we practiced just in case.


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