For beginners in the game of basketball, it is very essential to go step by step and moreover focus on the basic skill set that you need to acquire. For the development of these fundamentals, it is essential to have some basic drills both as a team and as individuals and here is a set of some great basketball defense drills for beginners.
To begin with you have :
1. Shooting Drills
This is the most important skill that you should have. Shooting in the right manner guarantees a score and makes you a valuable member of the team.
Line Pursuit Drill – While you shoot the ball in the basket, remember your stance is very important. Keep your ball in your right hand. Form a ‘V’ angle with your elbow with your palm inclined towards the direction of the basket. And as you throw the ball, remember to stretch your arms straight in that direction. Your arm should always be parallel to your line of sight. To practice this, keep your right foot on a straight line in the ground. And throw the ball exactly as told above. The ball should then land on the line itself and bounce away on the same line. This is called the Line Pursuit drill.
Lie Down drill – Next you can lie down on your back with your elbows forming an L shape. Support the ball with both your hands and keep it above your chest. Then throw the ball upwards, in the fashion that you throw it for the basket, and if you do it right, the ball should come back straight in your hands.
2. Passing Drills
In this game you have to play along with your team and the most essential element of team play is passing. Here are some drills that can help you go about it:
Speed Passing –
It works in two player teams as both the members see how many passes (to each other), they can do in 30 seconds. Also try to do alternate types of passes eg. chest, bounce, overhead.
Pass then Pressure –
This requires three players standing in a right angled triangle. The person on one end passes the ball to the one in the middle (standing on the right angle position) . This person then passes the ball to the third. Meanwhile the first person runs towards the third person to put pressure on him. The three players should keep switching their positions after some time.
3. Dribbling Drills
Next on the line you have dribbling. This is a skill you must have as an individual for you to be a good player. Here are some good dribbling drills for beginners:
Crossovers – In this drill you bend down a bit folding your knees in the process. Look straight ahead. And dribble the ball on the ground while passing it between your hands. Remember to use your fingertips in the process and not your complete palm. Dribble the ball between your legs back and front forming the figure of an eight. Remember to change the direction after sometime for good control over the ball.
These are the three basic kinds of training a beginner needs and the corresponding drill set to achieve that. While covering all important aspects, it makes you understand the game.