Hands Up – this greatly depends on the offensive tactic of your opponent. Keep your hands up atop your head should the opponent want to shoot, keep it up on the side should your opponent dribble, or move your hands up and down if your opponent wants to pass.
At no time should a defensive player every turn their back to the ball. Sprint down the floor on a change of possession, stopping any fast breaks. Defensive Slides Drill. A coach should focus on players’ feet sliding (rather than hopping or skipping) and players maintaining a proper defensive stance. Have fun with this drill!
With this defense, each player is assigned to guard a particular player. Each player must try hard to stop his opponent and "guard his yard", keeping him/her from dribble-penetrating. Although it sounds individual, man-to-man is really a team defense. Every one must do his/her part. If 1 or 2 players don't play good defense, the defense will fail.
T Team: Through teamwork a collective effort of five defensive players is greater than five individual players. T Tools: The three basic tools of defense that is the most important to develop are your mind, body and feet. We play basketball with our mind, body, and feet; and foul with our hands. A Anticipation: Use your basketball sense and judgement.
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All basketball players must learn how to defend an opponent one-on-one. The key goal of an on-ball defender: Stay between your opponent and the basket at all times. Players must learn the most effective way to defend a quick guard on the perimeter, and they must learn how to defend an opponent in the post.
The offensive player (2) tries to beat the defender (X1) down the floor. The defensive player tries to stop the ball handler from advancing the ball. After the ball handler (2) makes it to the other end, they will hand off to 4, who will be facing the same defender X1, back up the court towards player 3.
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When pressuring the basketball, the defender should trace the basketball with one hand and keep the other hand low to poke away a dribble. This is meant to be a conditioning drill too. Players should be sprinting and back-pedalling hard on every closeout.