A Winning Defense

There are several requirements to becoming a great team on the defensive end of the floor.
And it all starts with…
1. Every player MUST dominate their individual matchup
“Guard Your Yard”
Every player must be capable of containing their opponent one-on-one without needing help from their teammates.
That’s not to say players should never help…
(as you’ll see in point #2)
But the fewer rotations that need to be made, the better your defense is going to be.
Every practice should contain 1-on-1 drills.
2. Every player MUST be ready to help when necessary
When a player does get beaten by their opponent (which will happen)…
The team’s off-ball defenders need to be prepared to slide across and help their teammate defensively.
This requires:
Smart off-ball positioning
Basketball IQ
Being in an athletic stance
3. Every player MUST give multiple efforts
Many of the games you coach will be decided by 1 – 5 points.
This makes every single possession important.
You must have players on your team who are willing to…
Take a charge
Dive on the floor after a loose ball.
Fight for every offensive rebound.

These extra possessions are often the difference between winning and losing.

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