In basketball games, defending balls is very important. This article teaches you how to defend the ball.
Once your team shoots, come back and defend
Your team may have a specific transition defense, but overall, the first player should be in the basket to prevent easy layups. The second players should put pressure on the players who hold the ball, and the remaining 3 players should cover the offensive players.
- Communication is key during a transition! If you are covering the basket, ball or open player, please tell your teammates.
- Your role on the offensive side may be to go to the basket so that you can get a rebound after shooting. In this case, if you don't get a rebound and the other teams have the ball, then you'll just be sprinting defensively.
Put pressure on the players immediately
If you see no player around the ball, run to them immediately and pressurize. The greatest threat to defense is an attacker with an open pass or dribbling lane. The best way to stop this is to put pressure on him as soon as possible.
Work in the team's game plan. If your coach assigns you to players, please insist on using them as much as possible. However, if players are not under any pressure, you need to attack them as soon as possible.
Adjust the angle of the body to force them toward the sideline
Slide the feet closest to the sideline to a few inches behind the other. The toe of your hind foot should be aligned with the heel of the other foot. Adjust your chest angle slightly in this direction.
This tilting position, known as the heel / toe / putter point alignment, prevents the ball handler from dribbling in the middle of the court. Instead, you push them to the secondary line, the baseline or your teammates to defend.
Stay lower than the other player at all times
Even if you move with the ball player, maintaining a low defensive stance is also important. Keep your body below their body, lower your head and torso, and keep your eyes level with their shoulders.
- When you have to move, don't stand up, keep your low position and shuffle from one side to the other.
- To help you stay low and get into your position, imagine you're playing on a ceiling above. If you straighten up or move up and down when you are moving, you will hit your head on the ceiling.
- Maintaining a low defensive stance allows you to achieve a good balance and allow you to react quickly to the ball.
Keep your eyes on the ball handler’s chest or waist
When you're on defense, it's natural to look at the faces of basketball or other players, but it's easy for them to cheat you in another way or with fake moves. Instead, look at the middle part from the chest to the waist. For an offensive player, their mid-range feint is very difficult, making it an excellent way to track movements.
Track the ball with one hand, and the other hand blocks the pass
Keep a certain distance from the ball-holder and extend a hand a few inches from the ball to follow it. Keep the other hand low and slightly close to the side to distract the ball handler and cut off the pass. Don't reach for the ball. This will throw you out of balance and give the player a chance to fly past you, and if you get hit in the arm, you may be asked to foul.
Always communicate with your teammates
Talk to your teammates through the whole defensive control and let them know where you are and what happens on the pitch that they can't see. Some phrases you can use to defend communication include:
- “Ball, ball, ball!”—use this when you’re running forward to pressure the ball.
- “Deny, deny, deny”—use this if you’re defending a player who’s one pass away from the ball.
- “Screen right” or “Screen left”—use these to tell a teammate that a screen is coming on one side. In a screen, an offensive player runs in to try to block the defense guarding another offensive player.