In a zone defense each player has a spot in a specific formation and a corresponding area or zone for which they are accountable, and they must play on-ball defense if the ball enters their zone.
Here are 3 important criteria I came up with off the top of my head that are imperative when designing a youth basketball defense: 1. The perfect youth basketball defense should prepare players for the next level. 2. The perfect youth basketball defense should allow players to experience all components of defense. 3. The perfect youth basketball defense should be easy to learn. Are there any defenses you can think of that fit this criteria? It’s definitely not a zone defense.
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With this defense, each player is assigned to guard a particular player. Each player must try hard to stop his opponent and "guard his yard", keeping him/her from dribble-penetrating. Although it sounds individual, man-to-man is really a team defense. Every one must do his/her part.
Man to Man Defense for Youth Basketball. Man to Man Defense for Youth Basketball is a valuable "Interactive" instructional tool for youth basketball coaches. Information includes - Basic Man-to-Man Defense Teaching Points / On the Line, Up the Line Key Points / Basic Defensive Positions and Stances / The Shell Drill / The Man to Man Scheme / Defensive Drills for Youth Basketball / and much more.
Generally, on the left side of the court, your right foot should be forward or a little higher than the left one. On the right side, your left foot should be forward. This stance at about a 45-degree angle helps you "herd" the ball handler to the sideline.
Players 4 and 5 on the wings will set down screens on the defenders guarding Players 2 and 3 on the block. Players 2 and 3 will run off the screens to the wing, ready to receive a pass from Player...
The fundamentals of shooting include proper foot alignment, leg bend, hand position, arm angle, follow through, and so on. These are some of the little things that make a difference. Learn them! The same goes for lays ups, foot work, post play, passing, jab steps, jump stops, pivoting, blocking out, and so on.
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.
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