This is one of the drills that I use to teach guarding the ball 1 on 1. I like this drill rather than a traditional half-speed drill or an “on-air” drill for teaching defense for the following reasons:
- The defense has a disadvantage (he starts later) and must recover and defend the offensive player.
- Anticipation and reaction is a large part of guarding on the ball. Because the offense is live, the defense must react and recover in order to guard a live dribble.
- The defender has to decide whether to take away the shot or the drive based upon who they are guarding.
- There is a direct consequence for bad footwork or play (getting scored on).
- Because practice time is limited and I have 10 players to keep involved, I am able to also work on offensive skills and give truly game-like, random. and varied reps to each offensive player.
- We also get to work on contested passing because of the no dribble restriction on the top of key player.