47 Basketball Defense Tips (Become a Great Defender)

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How important is basketball defense to you?

If you go to the park or the gym, most of the time all you’ll see is players working on their offensive game. Rarely do you see players down in defensive stance entire possessions anticipating passes and offensive movement.

You see, basketball offense is fun. It’s ‘cool’.

It’s the crossovers and dunks that make spectators stand up from their seats and cheer and get players excited.

But it’s basketball defense that will have a bigger impact on the amount of success you have individually and as a team.

I challenge all coaches and players to place more importance on the defensive end of the floor in games and practices.

Belmont Flash – BLOB 2-3 Zone Play


Overview of the Play

The play is designed to get your team an open three-point shot in the corner by catching the low ball-side post player off-guard. The ball gets to the top of the key, a quick flash from the weak side, and then a pass to the corner to the in-bounder off strong screen.

Double Skip – BLOB 2-3 Zone Play


Overview of the Play

This is a 2-3 zone BLOB 1-4 high set that moves the defense from side to side and creates an advantage with a double flare screen for the in-bounder on the weak side out of sight of the zone defenders.

Box Flash – BLOB 2-3 Zone Play


Overview of the Play

This is a 2-3 zone BLOB box set with multiple scoring options. This set overloads a side of the zone and forces the zone defense to make a decision on who to guard. Great play for teams of all levels!

Shot Clocks in High School Must be Mandatory

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Whether all states in the United States of America should implement a high school shot clock has forever been a highly debated topic.

I was recently urged to write this blog post after seeing yet another important high school basketball game come down to stalling the basketball for several minutes before shooting on the buzzer (twice).

The game I’m talking about was a 4 overtime game in Iowa between Ames High School and Hoover High School.

Here’s a quick summary of the overtime periods (4 minutes each):

Man-to-Man Defense (Complete Coaching Guide)


The traditional man-to-man defense is by far the most common defense in the game of basketball today.

This is especially true as players progress to a higher level of competition. In fact, due to the great outside shooting of professional players, every NBA team almost exclusively plays man-to-man defense.

The man-to-man defense involves all 5 defensive players on the court being allocated one opposition player who they’re accountable for defending whenever they’re on defense.

Of course, there will be times when players switch opponents or help each other on defense, but for the most part, each player is responsible for one player from the opposition.

Ram Red – BLOB Man-to-Man Play


Overview of the Play

This play starts in a box set and has numerous scoring opportunities including a shooter cutting off a double-screen for the shot, a post player diving to the rim, and a pick-and-roll with great spacing if none of the first two options are open.

Basketball Gifts – 2017 Edition


I love Christmas and the holiday season.

There’s nothing better than seeing a person’s face light up delight after they receive a gift they’ve always wanted.

And for us around the game of basketball, there’s nothing better than giving basketball gifts during the Holiday season.

In this article, I’ve listed the top 14 basketball gifts I recommend for players or coaches.

Duke – BLOB Man-to-Man Play


Overview of the Play

This play is designed to get great open midrange and three-point shots around the perimeter. If none of the shots are open, the team can either post up one of the bigs or set a ram screen for the perimeter player.