The first four players leave on "get out", coach then continues with "touch", "close out" and "get out" for the next group.
Option - coaches can take one or dribbles.
Close-outs get you beat. On the first whistle, four guys come out to the blocks and elbows and pound their feet. On the second whistle they slide together, touch hands and sprint to close out, four new guys replace them. On the third whistle the first group leaves the floor, the second group closes out, and a third group comes on.
- use only two coaches, see Two-man close-outs
- close-out on cones.
Lawrence Frank - Close-out 2.9 drill
The Celtics close out with a no-middle no-paint stance in an outer third of the floor (outside the pro lane, influence to the corners) and a weak-hand no-paint stance in the middle third (weak and contain, don't invite a straight-line drive, no blow-by).
Defenders start in a shrink (help) position, down in a stance, butt down, back straight, hands out wide, feet firing a bit, yelling "shrink, shrink, shrink" (ELC - early, loud, continuous talk, say what you're doing 3 times). On "go" they come together and touch hands (in a game, you're tagging cutters, at the nail helping on penetration, stepping up against a cut in the lane or dribble penetration), sprint 2/3 of the way, start sliding in with choppy steps, inside foot up, hands high to take away shot first and a post pass second, and call "ball, ball, ball". Attackers start with the ball overhead, as they bring it down, defenders back up 6-12 inches, inside hand ready to challenge and contest, then shadow (mirror) the ball as attackers move it around (adjust hands and feet any time the attacker moves the ball or his feet). The inside hand is the dig hand (dig up, or on top), the outside hand is the deflect hand. Progressions after tracing the ball:
a) Add a jab step middle, defenders take (absorb) a jab step with the back foot (move back, don't open the door).
b) Jab step middle and two dribbles baseline, yell "dead, dead, dead" when the dribble is picked up, attackers pivot away, defenders get chest-to-chest to prevent a bang-bang pass (get as high as possible to make it a hang-time pass), attackers fake a cross-court skip pass, defenders sprint back to shrink (help) with high hands (it's not jump to the ball, it's sprint to the ball, from the top and wings it's sprint to the elbow, get back to shrink).
c) Shot fake, two dribbles baseline, attackers jump up like they're shooting, defenders contest high and hard with the hand closest to the ball (inside hand), call "shot, shot, shot", and finish the play with a box out ("box out, box out, box out"). On a shot fake, stay down, high inside hand, don't leave the floor until a shooter does.