Hang around any team that plays the Pack Line defense and you’re guaranteed to hear the coach yell at some point – “Don’t get beat baseline!” Unfortunately, guarding the dribble drive is often easier said than done.

While it is almost impossible to prevent all drives to the outside, it is crucial for players never to concede direct drives to the basket. Therefore, coaches must teach players to level off drivers to prevent straight-line drives. In other words, make the ballhandler drive sideways instead of directly towards the goal.