At all times during a basketball game, one team is on offense and the other team is on defense.
In this tutorial, we will learn what being on defense means.
The team that does not have the ball in a basketball game is on defense. Players on defense are called defensive players.
Goals While On Defense
The goals of a basketball team when on defense are the following:
- to prevent a score by the other team
- to get possession of the ball for their team
While on defense a team accomplishes these goals by guarding offensive players and forcing turnovers. We'll learn all about turnovers in future chapters.
Transitions From Defense To Offense
In basketball, teams are constantly trading ownership of the ball. As a result, teams are switching from being on defense to being on offense.