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Defending the Post [ARTICLE]

by Human Kinetics on

Focus: Keeping the ball out of the middle while defending the high post. Procedure: Players begin five on five on the half court. Follow these steps: 1. A coach or one of the guards begins the drill by passing to either 03 or 04, both of whom a... Continue

10 Keys to Team Defense [ARTICLE]

by Basketball HQ on

1. Communication: Communicate on Defense – Talk through exchanges and offensive actions. – Discourage the offense with loud communication. – Stay engaged the entire play with communication....... Continue

Defending Middle Pick-and-Rolls [ARTICLE]

by Human Kinetics on

The middle pick-and-roll is difficult to defend because the screener is typically a big man who screens and then rolls to the basket. Alternatively, the big man may be a good perimeter shooter who pops out for the medium-range jumper. Defending...... Continue

3 Perimeter Basketball Drills for Guards [ARTICLE]

by STACK on

As a guard, your three most important skills are ball-handling, shooting and playing defense. Perimeter players who consistently get to where they want on the floor, put the ball in the basket and prevent their opponents from scoring are in high...... Continue

One-on-One Basketball Defensive Drills [ARTICLE]

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What athlete didn't enjoy playing a little one-on-one basketball as a kid? This schoolyard favorite is actually a great way to improve your defense. That's because playing one-on-one forces you to learn to stop an opponent without relying on...... Continue

Individual Defensive Drills [ARTICLE]

by Human Kinetics on

Line Closeout Drill: Breakdown - Setup - Use one player; The player starts the drill under the rim on the baseline. Execution - 1. The player sprints...... Continue

5 Things Every Basketball Point Guard Should Know [ARTICLE]

by Basketball HQ on

Playing the point guard position in basketball comes with a lot of responsibilities. The position comes with an added role of leadership and being able to get the team organized on the offensive and defensive end, as well...... Continue

Limiting Fast Break Opportunities [ARTICLE]

by Human Kinetics on

When playing defense, limiting fast break opportunities for the offense can have a major impact on the game successful fast breaks can lead to quick and easy shots. The defensive transition against the fast break should be organized in such a way...... Continue

Forcing Shooters Out of Position [ARTICLE]

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A team's defensive strategy should focus on not allowing shooters to catch the ball in a position where they can make a good shot attempt. If the defense can successfully prevent the offensive players from taking good shots by forcing them out of...... Continue

Taking a Charge [ARTICLE]

by Human Kinetics on

An offensive charging foul occurs when a defensive player establishes good defensive position and contact is initiated by the offensive player. Typically, a charge happens when a defender is guarding a dribbler going to the basket and the defender...... Continue