Defense

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In this video, you will learn the basics of basketball defense to improve your skills in a game situation.

This video is just one of several in our basketball series covering defensive skills. Be sure to check the others out!

Learn to adopt a good defensive stance, position yourself on the court and move effectively by watching this short tutorial.

Adam Simmons - "Long Rhode Home", "Piano Hop", "Tang-A-Lang"
Published by Alter K
Voiced by Xavier Gianni

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In this video you will learn the basics of defence. A basketball player doesn't have a specific offensive or defensive role, so they have to be comfortable with the technical basics of both.

To defend effectively, remember these three points: adopt a good defensive stance, position yourself well on the court, and move effectively.

First, adopting a good defensive stance.

Bend your knees, with the feet a little wider than a shoulder-width apart.

Draw your hips back slightly, keeping your back straight.

Lift your heels slightly from the ground to shift your bodyweight forward a little. This will help you be quicker on your feet.

Lift your arms to the sides, palms turned to the front, ready to take advantage of any error made by your opponent, and get the ball.

Secondly, positioning yourself on the court.

When you are marking a player, always stand between them and the basket.

You should be able to see both the ball and the player at all times.

Thirdly, moving effectively.

To move sideways when defending, move your leg in the direction of travel.

Put the foot down then follow with the other foot, keeping them a little wider than shoulder-width apart.

To stay balanced, never cross your feet.

The more you bend your knees, the quicker you'll be able to move.

Defending requires both physical and technical skill, but even more important are the mental qualities of willpower and determination. Over to you!

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