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Be a Defensive Nightmare

There is one thing all offensive players hate to be confronted with, and that is a defensive nightmare! 

Being that defensive monster on the floor takes lots of focus, commitment and stamina. 

Here are 6 keys to get on this nightmarish track. 

 

START WITH A WIDE BASE.  Your feet need to be pointing straight ahead and a little wider than your shoulder width. This gives you a wide stance to begin.

GET ON THE FRONT OF YOUR FEET.  It is essential that your weight is on the front inside of your feet.  You can have your heel slightly off the floor or little weight on the heel.  By leaning forward and feet inward you can find this position.

KEEP YOUR BUTT (bump) DOWN.  Keep your bump down and over your heels to help maintain good balance.

KNEES BENT.  Bend at the knees to give you spring to your stance.  When you are bent at the knees your shoulders should be over your knees with your chest out and a back straight.  When in the right defensive stance you should be able to draw a vertical line from the front of your face, down the front of your knees, down to your toes. 

FAST HANDS UP.  Your hands should always be ready to move at your sides or one straight out.

FOCUSE YOUR EYES.  Your main eyes focus should be on the player's waist, however I like to look into the eyes as well as they can tell you a story of anticipation or frustration.

These 6 steps in becoming a defensive nightmare is the hardest position to maintain, which is why conditioning is so important, but it has such rewards.  Commit to becoming a defensive nightmare.

 

Good luck with your game,

Coach O

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