These tips are great, it is amazing how your eyes can be opened to the simple things. In all of my years of playing basketball defense has never been broken down to me in that manner. I will definitely share this with my team
Great stuff. Little things such as these tips have a BIG impact on the court. Coaching man-to-man defense is becoming a lost art. Props to this site for keeping things fresh and presenting practical, tactical tips.
these rules rock they helped me so when i played basketball against the french school so i rememberd these and i was the best defenser ever so we won thanks to all of u who did this website thanks we are the british school in yemen we won coz this websites rock THANK U THANK U
im playing bball for my school right now and im starting because of my defence im not a good offence player but on defence last season i got 18 blocks 6 steals and i wasnt a starter eather but this year i am and these tips will help me
for tip #2 that says if you have the ball in the shooters position you put your hands above the ball don't you think that they can blow right by you if your other hand is not is the defensive stance???
Hi Nick, that certainly is a possiblity if you don't move your feet, but that's the same no matter how you position your hands.
Every coach has a different philosophy on this. The one you are probably referring to is when you stick your hands out the side, so you look as wide as possible and some coaches believe the offensive player is less-likely to penetrate because of this. Personally, I think there are many ways to teach an effective defense. It just depends on the coach's philosophy.
I just thought I'd say these tips are great, I'm a big man and I always wondered why I have been getting beaten off the dribble, 1 is because I don't get low enough and 2 is because I don't have any balance! Thanks for this information, I'll use it when I got to my national tournament next week :)
Hey guys, tomorrow I have the special pleasure to guard a pro-baller, and the thing with the head belows the offensive players head is just great...it will be make sure, that my ass stays down in a good position!
I like these defensive points very much. My only question is that when the ball is at the offensive players mid-section and they are in shooting position, when they go to shoot the ball, won't there be a foul called because you are breaking the plane? Thxs
I would ask an official the next time you see them, because I'm not completely sure.
I've done this with success and rarely get called for it. I think if you have your hand there and the offensive player brings the ball up into your hand, the referee is less likely to call the foul because it looks like the offensive player is creating the contact.
It's imporant not to do a swatting motion. Otherwise, it looks like a foul even if it isn't and the call will most likely go against the defender.
defensive players should watch their opponent''''s waist because no matter what the offensive player does with their feet, the ball, or head their waist will stay in the same spot. Where ever their waist goes you go
Hi. in regards to hand positioning i prefer to teach players to have an armguard in the chest and free hand in front of the ball. I teabh foot speed and using great body position to prevent the drive by. its been very successful in putting max ball pressure and forcing turnovers while preventing fouls from hacking and loose arms. hopes this helps. coach Stew
Hi, In high school basketball, i am torn on what defense to teach. I know man is a good, solid selection that many coaches run, but i have purchased many dvds, supervised, and studied the 1-3-1 zone. I'm not sure I want to teach both . Also, i have read the article about being good at only a few things. Do you think I should teach this team 1-3-1 from the first day of pracice on? Or maybe stick with man? Thanks so much!
Tip 2 isn't going to work against a polished smart offensive player. They'll just seek out contact with your arm by rising for a shoot and get the foul called. Kevin Durant and Paul Pierce do it all the time.
Tip # 2 - If the ball is below the mid-section, put your hand above the ball.
This prevents the offensive player from putting it in shooting position.
This tip is designed to keep a shooter from going into his shot easily............ If you bring the ball up to shoot the defenders hand is right there... it forces you to drop step / bring the ball back a little bit before you can do anything. JMO
Were not talking about defending Pros here... heck, they can do almost anything they want to. We taught this to our high school players with a lot of success.
I found love of the game about a year ago and cannot stop playing. I'm too old to consider doing anything other than playing for fun or in rec leagues. Still, I've been reading your site and incorporating tips and drills into my game. In about 4 months of practicing twice a week and playing once a week I've gone from running into other players to getting respect from the top guys in my gym. Thanks for all the help.
My question is around guarding very talented shooters. What is the best way to guard shooters without fouling and without giving up an easy drive?
I play with two guys regularly. One can shoot with very little space and hit with my hands in his face. The other guy has no problem shooting off the dribble (spin move to step back 3 point shot anyone?).
If Im trying different things out (short steps on D, Battier's hands over the eyes move, etc) but still cant phase these guys. What do you suggest?
hello everyone,the tips is very helpful to my basketball skill development it was amazing when the time i apply it and i really enjoy it coz i felt i'm important on the game most of the time. So now and then i've seeking and learning more on the tips of how to play more defense at hihg level.
Good stuff. The only thing I would change is instead of head below head, I try and emphasize having our hips below their hips. Most of the time it doesn't matter, but a lot of players get low by bending at the waist instead of the knees.
I tell the players to sit their hips back. It has worked better for me than saying bend at the knees, because players can bend their knees and still be in awkward position. Imagine the knees going past the toes, the torso erect, and the shoulders being above the back of the heels.
Push or sit your hips back has really helped me with getting the players in a better defensive stance.
These tips are great. As a coach, I always thought that it was important to teach man to man defensive fundamentals before teaching zone defenses. When a team plays zone, as soon as an offensive man enters a players zone, it then becomes man to man within their zone.
Another tip I found useful is to always look at your opponent's stomach while he/she is dribbling. You will not be faked out by head fakes or stutter steps if you always look at the opponent's stomach.
Alison Marie Calloway says:
11/17/2013 at 4:31:06 PM
I coached basketball for 24 years at the middle and high school levels. I had to retire early, from teaching and coaching, due to health problems. I've been out of coaching for about 13 years and last year, I was asked to coach my niece's Upward Basketball team. My niece, Kathryn, is 8 years old, so I'm coaching in the 1st - 3rd grade girls division. Last year we didn't lose one game. I know that's not the focus of Upward, but it did feel good and I think the girls learned a lot about the game. Not only proper mechanics, but the "why's" of the mechanics. I hope the girls this year, will learn just as much. If it weren't for your website, I would have never know where to begin last year. It had been so long since I coached. All of your information on here can be used for any age group. I do have to modify some things, but the information is still very useful. I love these defensive skills information. Thank you for all of the information!
I am a good defender, but I am having trouble with reading the ball handler when he is on the drive. I look at the chest and waist and want to know what type of movement I am looking for to be aware of where the ball handler is driving to.
One of the things we taught our defenders was to direct them to an area on the floor where you want them to go without getting beat... for example... IF they are at the point.. try to take them to the sideline / free throw line extended. IF they are on the wing... try to take them to the short corner without getting beat on the baseline - so that would be a line from the wing to the short corner... KEY .... KEEP THEM OUT OF THE MIDDLE. I hope this helps.
We taught our players to watch the mid section.... that isn't going anywhere the ball isn't.
Pretty hard to fake with that too LOL
Typically the player with the ball will try to head fake, or fake with the ball to get you to move where they want you to go. Probably the most difficult move to defend is a good crossover...
IF you look at the TIPS above, they will help you to be a good defender.... especially tip #1
Tip #1 - Never lose your balance
If you lose balance for one second, YOU ARE BEAT!
The purpose of every offensive move is to get YOU off balance - because as soon as you lose balance, the offense can blow by you.
This means when you're guarding the ball, you must:
Stay on your feet and do NOT go for shot fakes. When you go for fakes, you are beat!
Do not lunge for the ball and get off balance.
Stay in a WIDE stance. If your feet get too close together, you will lose balance.
Stay in a LOW and athletic stance. If you stand upright, you will more easily lose balance.
Take short steps when sliding. If your feet come too close together, you will lose balance.
Avoid reaching.... any time you reach, your feet stop... and you are beat and will probably foul.
IN TODAYS GAME... with all the new TOUCH FOUL RULES.... this is even more important .... GREAT body position.. I hope this helps.
the only thing with a wide defensive stance and legs spread is that with a very experienced point guard/street baller, they might throw the ball between your legs. something I like to do a lot lol, it''s fun. just make sure you can get the ball after you do it.