In any good man to man defense, your players will understand the three key defensive positions:

  1. On-Ball Defense
  2. Deny (One-Pass Away) Defense
  3. Help-Side Defense

Each position has very specific requirements, in terms of how close to your man you’ll stand, what to do with your hands, and what your responsibilities are.

This basketball defense drill, called “Jump to Stance,” will help you work on all three defensive positions in a live, competitive way.

If you enjoy the video and would like to see more, make sure you check out the complete 31 minute online clinic: Advanced Man to Man Defense.

The online clinic is jam-packed with unique, cutting edge ideas that you won’t find anywhere else – simple (yet wickedy effective) secrets guaranteed to stifle your competition, decrease their shooting percentage, and help your team WIN MORE GAMES!

Here’s a small sample of what you will learn…

  • The absolute best way to teach the “on-ball” defensive stance — trains your kids to protect the vulnerable areas of the court, keep the hands active for steals and deflections, and force the ballhandler towards your help-side “D”
  • How to deny the ball off the wing when it’s “one pass away.” Learn the exact footwork, body placement, and head position to blanket your man with suffocating pressure (without giving up the back-door cut)
  • How to recover back to the paint after you get beat. (This is a crucial skill that 9 out of 10 coaches never even teach!)

Click here to learn more about the “Advanced Man to Man Defense” online clinic.

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