The Defensive Challenge Drill
This drill is great because it provides a positive, fun twist to scrimmaging that encourages and rewards defense. It also gets your players in the mentality of, "I want to play defense."
- Perform this drill with 3-on-3, 4-on-4, or 5-on-5 in the half-court or full court.
- Split your players into two teams.
- Only the defense can score points, either by forcing a turnover or securing a rebound.
- If the defense gets a defensive stop, the team stays on defense.
- If the offense gets a basket or the defense fouls a shooter, the offense and defense switch.
- Play to 5 points or whatever you deem necessary.
If the defense is having a reoccurring problem, fix it immediately so they know how to react the next time.
- If the defense fouls two or three times in a row, the offense and defense switch.
- Play without any boundary lines. This gives the offense more freedom and makes the defense work harder.
- Force the defense to get 2 or 3 stops in a row before a point is awarded.
- If you have too many players, divide the group into 3 or 4 teams. If the defense does NOT get a stop, they rotate out. The offense rotates to defense and a new team comes in on offense.
You can also find more defensive drills & strategies in our Man to Man Defense System
You can find more fun drills in our 60 Fun Drills eBook.
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