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.)
Both hands are up when passing the basketball. Two hand chest pass, finish with thumbs down and palms out position follow through position. When executing a one-handed push pass the off arm is used to protect the ball from the defense. In throwing a baseball pass the off hand guides and protects the pass in the same matter as in shooting the ball.
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).
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.
The better way to steal while playing on-ball defense is to swipe up at the basketball. This means keeping one of your hand’s lower than the basketball with your palm facing up. Since the defender should be playing lower than the offensive player, this is a far more successful method and will result in fewer foul calls. 41.
Generally, on the left side of the court, your right foot should be forward or a little higher than the left one. On the right side, your left foot should be forward. This stance at about a 45-degree angle helps you "herd" the ball handler to the sideline.
D-Man, the portable hands-up defensive mannequin, is the perfect practice partner. Learn to shoot or pass over or around the hands-up defending position. Use multiple D-Men to practice dribbling, driving and positioning with a defender. Ideal for solo practice or team settings.
On the closeout, the defender should use short, choppy steps, get one hand up to contest the shot, and ensure balance to absorb the drive. 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.