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  • Date:
    Apr 15, 2016

When guarding an opponent who is advancing the ball up the court, do the following: pick-up, lead, and influence. Picking Up As the dribbler approaches, make sure that you are moving at the same speed and in the same general direction. If the dribbler is moving much faster than you, there is little...

  • Author:
    By Jeff Haefner
  • Date:
    Feb 29, 2016

Coaches spend hours and hours orchestrating offenses while saying that defense is mostly hard work. Offense takes talent, goes the coaching saying, defense takes desire. It is true--more can be accomplished on defense with hard work over skill. But that is not to say that basketball coaches...

  Every youth basketball coach has his or her own reasons for playing a certain style on the court. Of course, a little guidance from veteran coaches doesn’t hurt. And so, here is this week’s question for the USA Basketball Coaches Network:   When it comes to team defense,...

  Every youth basketball coach has his or her own reasons for playing a certain style on the court. Of course, a little guidance from veteran coaches doesn’t hurt. And so, here is this week’s question for the USA Basketball Coaches Network:   When it comes to team defense,...

It's one thing to play aggressive and tough on defense, but it's more important to understand the goals. Simply put: Keep the ball out of the highway.

  • Author:
    By Jeff Haefner
  • Date:
    Jan 20, 2015

Shot blocking is one of the great equalizers in basketball. If you know where to look, you can see it everywhere. Walt Frazier, of the New York Knicks of the 1960s and '70s, is considered one of the best defensive guards in NBA history. He had Willis Reed to protect the basket for him. Examine...

  • Author:
    By Steph Wood
  • Date:
    Dec 11, 2014

Defense is 90 percent heart and 10 percent skill, and your success is determined by your will and commitment to the task. That being said, there are a few teaching points to remember when playing perimeter defense on the ball: Stay Low Remember to begin with your shoulders lower than the person you...

  • Author:
    By Shelby Turcotte
  • Date:
    Aug 7, 2012

Talk to any coach and one of the deciding factors on playing time is a player's defensive abilities (or lack thereof). While most coaches will tell you that it's all about effort, the truth is, it's more than just effort that makes a good (or great) defensive player. It's about footwork, balance,...

  • Author:
    By Ryan Wood
  • Date:
    Sep 19, 2011

Many WNBA superstars agree: When it comes to man-to-man defense, attitude matters just as much as athleticism. The Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry developed that lockdown-defense attitude growing up in Baltimore. And her past always keeps her focused on the present when playing defense. It goes...

  • Author:
    By Paul Tayyar
  • Date:
    Jun 15, 2011

Often used to counter a strong outside shooting team. The top man on the zone plays the top of the key area, while the next two take care of the wings, and the high part of the key; the bottom two control the paint. Though this defense is somewhat weaker than the 2-3 in the post (because it only...

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