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Beginning Basketball – Basics – Individual Defense

As a new season starts we explore how we at Frogs Basketball envision we assist in a player beginning basketball and the basics involved from a club perspective.

For many players and families starting out who may not have any basketball background it can be a daunting challenge on trying to understand what to look for in basketball program and how to set expectations in the first season or two. It is easy to over or under estimate the ability of your child and therefore place unnecessary pressure and unrealistic expectations on them. An experienced coach should be able to help you identify where your child is and help with an outline of fundamentals that they can begin to work on developing as a player.

Like any skills the correct repetition is required, some more than others, before establishing confidence in the skill to be able to utilize it in a pressure situation in a basketball game. During our Frogs Basketball training sessions for new and returning players we strive to teach basic basketball fundamentals via our drills that can be repeated at home in the drive way or backyard, at school or at the local park.

It is our hope that your child develops a passion to spend as much time as they can spare to become the best basketball player they can over time.

Individual Defensive Basics

Teaching good defensive fundamentals to junior players starting out is critical in assisting them to develop to be an all-round player as they get older. As covered in previous articles kids will love to shoot, dribble and pass whilst playing recreational basketball at school or in the drive way and will get plenty of repetition of these skills. However teaching a player to play defense with passion and take pride in their ability to stop another player and as such the player takes the steps required to hone such a game-changing ability into an automatic habit could be one of the biggest coaching challenges.

Frogs Basketball focuses on the basic individual defensive principals being:

  • Active feet allowing defensive player to change directions and react as quick as possible to player with the ball.
  • Active hands allowing defensive players to increase intensity, ball pressure and the chances of a poor pass or decision occurring, deflection or possible steal.
  • Closing out quickly with an on-ball approach with a low and wide stance taking up as much of the space as possible.
  • Focusing on being in the right position between player and basket at all times.
  • High effort while on-ball or pursuing a player in transition.
  • Learning to identify opposition weaknesses and how to utilize these, via defensive technique and positioning, to your advantage.

Working on these good defensive habits at training versus team mates and reinforcing the expectation of them being utilized during games are the first steps to building a invaluable (and often rare) defensive stopper for the team.