The Pack Line defense is the best defense for youth basketball. It doesn’t matter about the height of your team, how athletic they, or any other excuse that coaches find to run a different defense. The Pack Line will provide your players with all the benefits of running a traditional man-to-man defense but will be much easier to teach your players.
Basketball Defensive Drills #3 Shadow Basketball. This is another good drill to improve your on-ball defense in a dead ball situation. Two players face each other. One has a ball and the other is the defender. The one with the ball moves the ball around quickly like she is trying to make a pass. The defensive player mirrors the ball with both hands.
The pack line defense is ideal for youth basketball because it simplifies defensive assignments and eliminates confusion about when you should be in a help position or denial position.
It can takes years to break the bad defensive habits. After players have spent most of their youth basketball career using poor defensive fundamentals, it's very difficult to break the bad habits. They'd rather keep the players with good habits and spend their time on other things to make them better players and make the team better.
At the youth level, if your opponent has a few skilled guards, the zone defense can slow the pace of the game slightly helping limit the number of overall EASY shots taken in a game. If you have a bigger, slower team the zone defense allows you to put your “Bigs” around the basket while your “Smalls” stay out on the perimeter.
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Here are some very effective defensive basketball drills to include in your youth basketball training program. Playing defense is hard work, but these basketball fundamental drills are both challenging and fun. No doubt offensive skills are important and most players think shooting, dribbling, and passing the ball is a whole lot more fun than playing defense...