Basketball Close Out Agility Drill

This video Taylin and Ethan demonstrate a basketball close out footwork agility warm-up drill.


Using push points, they close out to top or wings and using their lead hand held high and trail hand held low defensive slide to those spots on the floor.

Coach Rowe suggests using a 1 hand close out as opposed to a 2-hand close out to avoid players standing themselves up.

Basketball Close Out Drill

Basketball Skill Acquisition

  • Contesting the shot
  • stutter or bounce footwork
  • defensive slide
  • hand positioning
  • defensive stamina/endurance

Basketball Drill Purpose

To help lay the foundational basketball footwork and hand techniques required in basketball for a close out. To build a foundation for using the same footwork with a ball as part of basketball skill progression.

Basketball Equipment Needed

3 markers to close out to and a half court marked with a 3-point line.

How To Do The Skill

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