Newsletter #220

August 18, 2021

Today's Quote:   "Defense is one man guarding the ball and four others helping him." - Mike Krzyzewski


Today's Theme:  Arico Close-Out Drill

This intense close-out drill is from Kim Barnes Arico, head women's coach at University of Michigan. The drill features three close-outs and then live 3-on-3.  Diagram A below shows three offensive players, O1, O2 and O3 at the point and both wings.  Three defenders start under the basket.

Arico close-out drill

The first defender X1 rolls the ball out to O1 and sprints out and closes-out on the ball. O1 then passes to O2, and for the purpose of this drill, X1 jumps to the ball and closes-out on O2. O2 passes back to O1 (diagram B) and the next defender (under the basket) X2 sprints out and closes-out on the ball.

Arico close-outs

O1 then passes to O3, and X2 jumps to the ball and closes-out on O3. O3 passes back to O1 (diagram C). The third defender X3 sprints out and closes-out on O1, and now we go live 3-on-3 until either a score or a defensive stop.

Arico close-out drill

For more info on how to close-out correctly and more close-out drills, see "Defensive Close-Outs and Drills".


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