Defensive Rule To Put Players On The Back FootPosted: September 7, 2012
Defense is all about putting the other man under pressure and taking them out of their comfort zone. Take the player out of his stride and force bad decisions. Here’s how:
Anytime, and yes I mean absolutely anytime, a player holds the ball above his head you should get as tight as you can to the player’s chest with your own and raise one of your arms to put pressure on the ball and the player’s vision.
This takes away the player’s ability to shoot, drive or even pass if enough pressure is asserted. The only option the player has is to pivot away from the basket. In this case, you have accomplished what you wanted to achieve as with his back to the basket, the player is no longer an offensive threat. I guarantee that 9 times out of 10, you force players into bad passes and bad decisions. And if they’ve already used up their dribble, even better!
Try this the next time you play and let me know what you think!