Defending the Low Post

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In this video, you will learn how to guard an inner player placed on the low post.

For more defense tips, take a look at our full basketball series- there are over 70 videos to choose from to help you improve your skills!

Offence players at the low post are generally very dangerous as they are extremely close to the basket. Learn to defend this area by watching this short tutorial.

Adam Simmons - "Long Rhode Home", "Piano Hop", "Tang-A-Lang"
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In this video, you will learn how to guard an inner player placed on the low post. Offence players who get this far are generally very dangerous as they are extremely close to the basket.

A good defence at the low post can be separated into two steps: Trying to disrupt the pass, and guarding the player carrying the ball

First, Trying to disrupt the pass.

If the ball is to either side, you have to prevent your mark from getting the ball.

To do this, you'll need to assume the "three quarter" defensive position, which means you have a foot and a hand cutting across the passing lane, facing the base line.

The opposite forearm is in contact with the player to stop them moving forwards.

You can also turn or use your arms try to get between the ball and your opponent, standing with your back to them.

Keep your arms held high to obstruct the pass.

Once you are in this position, bend your knees and push your opponent towards the baseline to prevent them from receiving the ball.

Secondly, defending against a player carrying the ball.

If the player manages to catch the ball, you quickly have to position yourself between them and the basket.

In the defensive stance, place your forearm horizontally in front of you, above your hips and with your fist closed, ready to resist if your opponent tries to push you under the basket.

Keep your knees bent to be stable responsive if the player turns to shoot.

For the defender, the aim is to prevent any pass at the low post, and to drive the player back as far from the basket as possible when they receive the ball. Over to you!

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