Man-to-man defense

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In this video, you will learn the basic principal of man-to-man defense, the most fundamental defensive strategy.

Keep watching to learn about zone defense, another defensive strategy you should learn to improve your game!

Watch this short tutorial to learn how to mark the opposition, help to defend and understand in which situation you should use this strategy.

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 basic principles of man-to-man defense, where each defender is responsible for marking one attacking player

To understand the principle of man-to-man defense, we'll learn how to distinguish between these three situations: marking the ball-handler, marking a player without the ball on the weak side, and marking a player without the ball on the strong side.

Firstly, marking the ball-handler.

When marking the ball-handler, the defender should stand between the player and the basket.

Be sure to apply the techniques shown in our video "How to Defend the Ball-Handler".

Secondly, marking a player without the ball on the weak side.

When the ball is over to one side of the court, defenders marking players on the opposite side should move closer to the key.

If a teammate is struggling, you will be free to come and help defend by stopping the attacking player from entering the key.

To learn how to position yourself in this situation, check out our video "Defending a Player Without the Ball".

Thirdly, marking a player without the ball on the strong side.

When the player on the attack is on the strong side, one defensive strategy is to place yourself in the closeout position, with one arm and one foot extended into the line of the pass

Over to you!

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