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No Hands Defense Drill
Ages: All Ages Youth Middle School High School+
Purpose of the Drill:
This drill forces the players to play defense with their feet rather than with their hands. Often, players will get lazy and start to reach in. This drill instills good habits of moving the feet and maintaining proper position to stop the offense.
- You can play 1 on 1, 2 on 2, 3 on 3, 4 on 4, or 5 on 5 using this drill. You could even do overload drills with this drilll if you would like.
- The only time the defensive player is allowed to use their hands is to grab a rebound.
Points of Emphasis:
- No Hands - Some coaches like to have the players grab their jerseys or put their hands behind their back to prevent them from using their hands on defense. This also makes it much more difficult to move. I have seen some coaches do this at the beginning of the drill. Then, they allow the defense to use their hands to move, but still restrict them from reaching in or slapping the ball away. Only time they can grab the ball is still off of a rebound.
- To add difficulty, you could require the defense to get a certain number of defensive stops in order to go to offense.
- To make it really difficult, you could make them get a certain number of stops in a row in order to go to offense.