That's a Foul, June 2002
Coach passes to coach, defenders in help positions on the midline closeout to their players (on-ball defence).
On a return pass, defenders jump to the ball and sprint back to their help positions.
Lloyd Mitchell (Greenvale)
Players are paired up and face coach behind the baseline, players on the sideline have a ball, defenders are on the splitline. On "stance", defenders pitter-patter on the spot, on "ball" they sprint to close out on their man. Continue then players switch roles.
(Variation - coach is at halfcourt)
Progression - attackers can dribble baseline or middle, defenders must drop step and slide to take away penetration for at least two slides.
Use close-outs instead of laps or suicides as a penalty in practice, players start on the baseline, sprint to a foul-line close-out, then sprint back to a baseline close-out.
Attackers line up inbounds along both sidelines, with defenders, two coaches in the guard spots pass back and forth, defenders move from denial to help-side defence, if coach passes to an outside line, help-side defence gets to the splitline [deny defenders close out]. Repeat, then switch offence to defence.
- coaches can skip pass to an outside line
- use two coaches on the wings too.