Hand Position on Defense. Basketball coaches always urge, “Hands up!” so their players will distract the offense and deflect passes, and players prefer to play with their hands at their sides. Because it is easier to move with hands at your side. (Sprinters don’t raise their hands until they cross the finish line.)
Basketball Fundamentals 14 Keys to Basic Basketball Defense Stance 1. Stay down low. Your knees should be bent. By keeping your center of gravity low, you can move and change direction quickly. When you stand up tall and straighten your legs, you become very slow. Let me tell you from personal experience, staying down low in a defensive stance is tiring!
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When the ball is in the middle of the court, it is vital for the defender protect the "Elbows" and to force the ball hander to a corner pushpoint. On point drives, defenders must defend with their legs. Both hands should be held above the shoulders to discourage and contest the shot or pass options.
Both hands are up when passing the basketball. Two hand chest pass, finish with thumbs down and palms out position follow through position. When executing a one-handed push pass the off arm is used to protect the ball from the defense. In throwing a baseball pass the off hand guides and protects the pass in the same matter as in shooting the ball.
The position of their hands should be the same height as the ball. If the offensive player holds the ball high to "throw over the top", the hands should be high. If the ball is low, the hands should be low to prevent the bounce pass. Do not reach in and foul! This changes a good situation into a bad one (now the player shoots free throws).
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The offensive player (2) tries to beat the defender (X1) down the floor. The defensive player tries to stop the ball handler from advancing the ball. After the ball handler (2) makes it to the other end, they will hand off to 4, who will be facing the same defender X1, back up the court towards player 3.
You should have one hand pointing towards the basketball, one hand pointing towards your opponent, and your vision should be in-between the two. If a direct chest pass was made between the player with the basketball and your opponent, the help defender should be able to intercept it.
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.