Man-to-Man Defense – Complete Coaching Guide

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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

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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

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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

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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.

23 Qualities of a Great Teammate

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Being a great teammate is far more important than being a great player.

Let’s face it…

Chances are that you will never coach a player who goes on to play professional basketball at a high level (the chances are slim).

And if you do, the number will pale in comparison to the number of players you coach who will never play any basketball professionally.

But every single one of the players you’re coaching are going to grow up, get a job, and will be expected to be a contributing member of their community.

So how can we best prepare our players for the rest of their lives?

By teaching them how to be great teammates.

4 Out 1 In Offense – Complete Coaching Guide

4 Out 1 In Offense

The 4 out 1 in offense (also known as ’41’) is one of the most popular and versatile basketball offenses in today’s game at all levels.

As the name suggests, this offense consists of 4 players spaced out behind the three-point line and 1 post player inside.

In this article I will mostly focus on breaking down the version of the zone that keeps the post player on and below the low post as this is the best version for youth basketball as it keeps the lane open for dribble penetration.

Box Floppy Gate – BLOB Man-to-Man Play

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Overview of the Play

A super simple gate screen play off a baseline inbounds. The shooter passes the basketball in and then walks to the middle of the key where they’ll receive a gate screen to one side of the floor and a normal screen to the other.