Crossover Step, Agility & Defense

The video below demonstrates the difference in speed in driving off your lead leg with a crossover step as opposed to stepping with your lead leg first. In the example, the athlete is faster using a crossover step than he is turning to sprint. This is not a perfect example to the difference between a crossover step and a traditional defensive slide, but it makes a compelling argument that the crossover step should be the dominant footwork for defensive footwork.

By Brian McCormick
Author, Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development
Director of Coaching, Playmakers Basketball Development League

Individual Tag Ball-Handling Drill

Here is the Individual Tag Ball-Handling Drill from the Playmakers Basketball Development League Transition League curriculum:

Here is a second progression for individual tag, using shuffling instead of running. All players shuffle or ruffle (via Train 4 The game) – players’ legs cannot cross the midline of their bodies. Moving laterally, no crossover steps; moving forward or backwards, legs cannot cross the frontal plane.

Simple Dynamic Warm-up

Here are a few exercises from the Playmakers Basketball Development League curriculum.

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