5 Tips for better defensive stance
- Stay on your feet and do not go for shot fakes.
- 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.
Man-to-manThe man-to-man defense involves all 5 defensive players on the court being allocated one opposition player who they’re accountable for defending whenever they’re on defense. Of course, there will be times when players switch opponents or help each other on defense, but for the most part, each player is responsible for one player from the opposition.
Each zone defender is responsible for guarding an area of the floor, or "zone", and any offensive player that comes into that area. Zone defenders move their position on the floor in relationship to where the ball moves.
Zone defense is often effective in stopping dribble penetration and one-on-one moves.
Basic pointers for all zone defenses
1. No lay-ups. Try to keep the ball outside. Double-team the ball in the paint.
2. Be vocal, talk to each other.
3. Move quickly, adjust your position relative to the movement of the ball. Move quickly on the flight of the ball, as soon as it leaves the passer's hands.
4. Get your hands up and out.5. Close-out on the shooter with high hands, to pressure the shot and the pass. We are less concerned with dribble-penetration since the zone creates too much congestion inside for the dribble-drive. 6. Stay in your defensive stance. 7. No fouls. 8. No second shots. Be aggressive rebounders.
9. When the offense dribble penetrates, quickly close the gap.
10. Get to know your opponent and adjust. Over-protect against the best shooters, and sag off the guy who never shoots.
11. Trap the corners.12. Keep pressure on the ball, but also protect the paint and force the outside, low-percentage shot.