When a team is on defense, they have the following goals.
- to force turnovers
- to stop field goals
- to block shots
- to steal the ball
- to set traps and force the dribbler out-of-bounds
Types Of Basketball Defenses
A good defense will also master the following skills:
Basketball Zone Defense
A zone defense is a type of defensive formation that assigns each defensive player an area on the court to defend. When creating a zone defense, you can position your players anywhere on the court, but most zones are in the corners, paint, top of the key, or near the three-point line and midcourt line. A class zone defense is called the 2-3 zone.
You can learn more about zone defense in Basketball Zone Formation.
Basketball Man To Man Defense
A man to man defense is a type of defensive formation where each defensive player is assigned an offensive player to defend. When playing a man to man defense, your team should practice defending against screens and cuts.
Basketball Press Defense
A press defense, is a type of defensive formation where teams apply pressure either in the half-court or full-court. Press defenses are designed to force turnovers by setting traps and steals. You may have heard of a half-court press or full-court press which describe where on the court defensive players will start applying pressure on the dribbler.