Chaotic Basketball Drill for Defense and Offense: The Whistle Drill
Joe Haefner: Hey this is coach Joe Haefner. In this next video we're going to show you a competitive drill that is one of the best that you can use for improving your team offense, and your team defense. First off the game of basketball is very chaotic. Each possession starts differently and each possession ends differently. The way that you match up defensively is different each time down the floor. And the way that your offense starts is different each time down the floor.
Joe Haefner: So you need to practice this way, and this next drill is a great way to practice your offense and defense in a random chaotic environment. This is also great for improving your ability to communicate, transition quickly from offense to defense and also you'll help defense rotations. You can do this drill on the full court or the half court. It's called the whistle drill, and defensive expert Jim Huber will take you through the drill next.
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Jim Huber: So what's it going to take players? We have five on five. We're going to allow them to play, so says the balls move. They're moving around, they’re cutting, move. I might be like, I blow the whistle. He's got to set the ball down. This person close to the ball that was guarding, can't come and pick the basketball up. It has to be somebody else. And everybody has to guard somebody different that was guarding them. All right, ball here play it up top.
Jim Huber: Match up, match up, match up. Doing a good stance, hillside, be talking, communicate, play. Here we go, let's go. Let's go, let's go. Get off, get off, get off. Let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go. Talk, talk, talk, talk. Pick somebody, mash, mash, mash. Grab with hands. Nick sit down, sit down. Let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go. You got it, you got it, mash, mash, talk. Talk, rotate. Sit down, sit down, sit down, come off hands. Stop. All right stop there.
Jim Huber: So again, this drill you'd whistle, place it down. But again it's a great communication scramble drill.
Joe Haefner: Hey we hope you enjoyed the video. If you want to get that bonus free pdf with 11 best defensive drills be sure to click on the link below or in the description.
As Jim Huber demonstrated in the video, this is a great competitive drill that is one of the best you can use to improve your team offense and team defense.
As stated, the game of basketball is very chaotic. Each possession starts differently and each possession ends differently.
The way that you match up defensively is different each time down the floor and the way that your offense starts is different each time down the floor, so you need to practice this way.
This drill is a great way to practice your offense and defense in a random chaotic environment. This is also great for improving your ability to communicate, transition quickly from offense to defense and your help defensive rotations. The drill can be done in the full court or the half court.
Have your team play 5-on-5 until you blow the whistle. You can decide to blow the whistle at any point.
When the whistle is blown, the offensive player with the ball must set it down on the ground. The defender closest to the basketball can’t pick it up, someone else on defense must pick up the ball.
Once the ball is picked up, everyone must guard someone different from who was previously guarding them.
Your team will continue to play 5-on-5, until you blow the whistle again. You can blow the whistle as frequently as you’d like.
- Talk & Communicate – Make sure your team is communicating. This will make it easier for the new five players on defense to pick up the new offensive players. If they do not talk, they may end up with two players guarding one person, leaving a player wide open.
- Scramble to Rotate – Emphasize immediate movement and communication. If you pause for one second, the offense can take advantage. However, this is a great natural self-teaching drill for communication and rotation. If they don’t do it, they will fail. Also, be patient. This will get better with time.
- Mix it up – Keep your team off guard by mixing up the lengths you will allow them to play before blowing the whistle.
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