††††††††††† ďNever mistake activity for achievementĒ--John Wooden


DEFENSE:†††††† Zone - - Your zone shifts, but stay in your zone!Guards Ė jump to the ball - strong pressure out front will make your manís pass difficult

Man - - Stay on top of your man; if he canít be passed to he canít score!

Always keep the ball in sight!

††††††††††††††††††††††† Back-pedal unless you have to chase a man down the floor

Pressure on the ball coming down the floor slows the offense set-up and may force a turnover

Force your opponent to play to his weakness

Watch for individualsí tendencies - - for instance - -

If they donít shoot from outside, play for the pass or dribble

If they hit from outside, tighten your defense on the shooter

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† If they dribble better right-handed, overplay that side

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† If they shoot right-handed, overplay that side slightly

If they bounce the ball once before shooting, you have a good chance to block the shot

††††††††††††††††††††††† Keep between the ball and the basket!Defend with your feet!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Donít let your man turn the corner on you!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Slide, donít turn to defend --donít jump - keep your balance

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Feet apart, knees bent Ė ready to move in any direction

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Arms extended, one hand at the ball, the other opposite

††††††††††††††††††††††† Use side, back-court and end lines as an extra defender

††††††††††††††††††††††† Force your man to pick up his dribble

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Then get up on top of him; make his pass difficult

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Look for possible double-team; steal the ball

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Donít let the dribbler split your double-team

††††††††††††††††††††††† Rebound!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Know where your man is and block out

Screen out the shooter; he knows where the rebound will go, especially on long shots (long rebounds)

Back your man under the backboard; away from the basket

Look for quick outlet pass - or dribble out immediately; donít hold the ball and get tied up for a jump ball

Talk to each other - especially in zone defense

††††††††††††††††††††††† Call out switches - or fight through--Switch when called!

††††††††††††††††††††††† Help out if someone loses his man -- no easy baskets allowed

Make their offense commit first if possible; frequently you can guard two players on a fast break

††††††††††††††††††††††† Anticipate passes - watch the passing lanes and steal the ball

††††††††††††††††††††††† Watch the clocks! - - defense and offense!

OFFENSE:††††† Move the ball quickly down the court; put pressure on their defense

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Passes are best - spot the open man

Keep your head up and look down court for the fast break

Always know where the ball is when running down court

Follow your teammateís breakaway for a possible rebound††

In a two on one break, keep your spacing

In three on two, keep spacing, ball comes down the middle

Dribble hard - donít allow the defense to set up

Avoid traps - donít dribble into the corner with no way out

Keep out of ďcoffin cornerĒ (just over mid-court, by sideline)

Keep the floor balanced!

††††††††††††††††††††††† Move to open areas so you can be passed to

††††††††††††††††††††††† Move the ball against a zone defense

††††††††††††††††††††††† Move the man against a man to man defense

Set picks - - pick and roll

††††††††††††††††††††††† Use picks set for you

††††††††††††††††††††††† Pass and cut to the basket Ė you should get a return pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† Keep your dribble going until you are ready to pass or shoot!

††††††††††††††††††††††† If you are double-teamed, someone near you HAS to be open

††††††††††††††††††††††† Make passes crisp!Rapid, accurate passes beat the defense

††††††††††††††††††††††† Look for bounce passes, again, crisp - and waist high!

††††††††††††††††††††††† Look away or fake on passes - donít telegraph your pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† Pass to your teammateís dribble or shooting hand

††††††††††††††††††††††† Pass to where your teammate is moving Ė judge his speed

††††††††††††††††††††††† Keep the ball moving toward the basket; reset when necessary

††††††††††††††††††††††† If open, stay there, if not, keep moving until you are

††††††††††††††††††††††† Rub your defender off another defensive player to get open

††††††††††††††††††††††† If your teammate with the ball is in trouble, get free for a pass!

††††††††††††††††††††††† Step to meet a pass - donít just stand still and get it intercepted

††††††††††††††††††††††† Play to your strengths - - for instance - -

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† If good outside shot - set up outside

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† If strong rebounder, box out and look for rebounds

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† If driving, use your best moves Ė donít take bad shots

Spin off close guarding, opposite their pressure, but close to defender so he canít slide to block you

††††††††††††††††††††††† Rebound!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Anticipate where the ball will be, depending on the shot

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Block out your man

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Keep the ball high Ė donít bring it down to shoot

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Keep the ball moving - donít get tied up for a jump ball

††††††††††††††††††††††† Always be thinking at least one move ahead!

††††††††††††††††††††††† Get in the habit of thinking - - - then it will become automatic


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