Hand Position on Defense. Basketball coaches always urge, “Hands up!” so their players will distract the offense and deflect passes, and players prefer to play with their hands at their sides. Because it is easier to move with hands at your side. (Sprinters don’t raise their hands until they cross the finish line.)
Hands up - Depending on the tactic (Hands out or hands up to defend shot/dribble). Eyes focused on the player's waist or chest. Balance is the key to a great defensive stance and guarding the ball. If you lose your balance you are beat!!! You can learn more about one on one defense by checking out this video and article about guarding the ball. It includes some great tips and tricks for coaches and players.
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Once the shot goes up, they are allowed to use their hands to rebound. This also helps the players by being able to actually “bump” cutters and make sure they beat the other [tag]basketball [/tag] players to the spot since they know they can’t use their hands. NO lob passes are allowed for obvious reasons.
You should have one hand pointing towards the basketball, one hand pointing towards your opponent, and your vision should be in-between the two. If a direct chest pass was made between the player with the basketball and your opponent, the help defender should be able to intercept it.
The offensive player (2) tries to beat the defender (X1) down the floor. The defensive player tries to stop the ball handler from advancing the ball. After the ball handler (2) makes it to the other end, they will hand off to 4, who will be facing the same defender X1, back up the court towards player 3.
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Basketball Fundamentals 14 Keys to Basic Basketball Defense Stance 1. Stay down low. Your knees should be bent. By keeping your center of gravity low, you can move and change direction quickly. When you stand up tall and straighten your legs, you become very slow. Let me tell you from personal experience, staying down low in a defensive stance is tiring!
East (4-8) forced 12 turnovers by the Sandcrabs in the first half and 20 for the game as its pressure defense got Calhoun's (4-1) shooters off their game. With key players in foul trouble for ...
When pressuring the basketball, the defender should trace the basketball with one hand and keep the other hand low to poke away a dribble. This is meant to be a conditioning drill too. Players should be sprinting and back-pedalling hard on every closeout.