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.)
If you have a tendency to be too upright with your butt tucked under and knees stick too far forward, keep your hands straight in front of you as this will force you to push your butt back into a better position. Hands up - Depending on the tactic (Hands out or hands up to defend shot/dribble).
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Place your weight on the balls of your feet (but not on your toes), and keep your heels off the ground. Bend your knees to the point where you can reach straight down with one hand and touch the ...
Both hands are up when dribbling the basketball. By rule the dribbling hand must remain on the top of the ball. In fact, it is a violation (carrying or palming the ball) and automatic turnover any time the ball is dribbled with the hand on the side or under the ball. The off hand is held in an elbow high position to protect the ball from the defender.
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.
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Hands Up - Depending on your preference, either have one hand or two hands up to contest the shot and immediate entry passes from the offensive player. Position Appropriately - Whether you believe in getting the defender's butt to the basket or forcing the offensive player in a particular direction, be sure to position yourself appropriately. Bad positioning will create easy driving opportunities for the offense.
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.
Be in a position to see both your player and the ball. If the ball-handler stops the dribble, you have a "dead ball situation" and everyone should in close on their man, in "full-denial". Full-denial. In "full-denial", the defensive players should be " on the line ".