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Defending
Close-out 3x


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1
Ian MacKinnon

Each player closes out three times (forcing left) then goes off. As part of a pre-game warm-up, there are no coaches on the floor, players close out to spots (see Shooting - Pre-game).

1 closes out at the top, takes two defensive slides to his right (forcing a ballhandler to his left hand), recovers to the middle of the lane.

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2
As 1 closes out to the left wing, 2 closes out to the top, both players take two slides left then recover into the lane.

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3
1 closes out to the right wing, 2 closes out to the left wing, 3 closes out to the top, all players take two defensive slides, 2 and 3 recover to the lane, 1 goes off, 4 goes next.
 
Progressions
 
- coaches take 1-2 dribbles to their left
- replace coaches with players.
 
Variation - defenders hold a pinnie overhead, stretched between both hands, start with close out and recover (no defensive slides), progressions
- coaches jab step right
- coaches jab step left
- coaches take two dribbles to their left.

See Defending - Close-out 4x.

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