All Effective Defensive Tactics In Basketball For Beginners

Hey basketball lovers!

In the case of defensive tactics in basketball, you should be careful.

When I was a new player, I have no idea about this case. I faced many problems. I spent lots of time to understand the standard strategy. If that time I can cover all these think maybe I did not have to face such problems. e.g. we have no defence tactics to be restrained our opponent. We lose and lose all the match or game.

In this post, you understand all defences method and tactics. So that you may face any confusion about it. I also covered from A to Z about it with great resource.

[if you’re a beginner this session for you.]

What is the basketball defence?

It is so simple; the defence is trying to stop the opponent from scoring with server types of method. They use varieties of trick in the game. A strong defence point always gives a highly professional performance and grab the audience’s heart.

Why is it important in basketball then offences?

There is a quote of Becky Novacek “Offense wins games, but defence wins championships.” offences always try to scoring and defence target is stopped offences to scoring the point. But defence is more important. The defences have to able stopping offences from getting the point. Strong defence tactics can change all the game situation. That way, it’s so important.

 Types of defence

There are many types of defences designed to get a better result in the basketball game. In this case, There are three types of defence in basketball. But there is a word; every each type has different variations. Every each typed has pros and cons. if these tactics use properly, you will get the best result. We will discuss all the difference.

1.      Man-to-Man

2.      Zone

3.      Combination or Hybrid


According to research, many coaches use a defence method during the game. However, an effective way to confused about your opponent multiple tactics is best. Also, it will decrease your opponent power.

Man-to-Man defence

This is a strong defence strategy to restrained the opponent. In this method, every defence player guard one offence player. Every player has responsibility during the game. It also is known as person to person defence. Very easy and very effective way. If your opponent is powerful with shooting performance, then you must follow this strategy.

You can play in this two way.

Loos man-to-man: also known as [sagging], here you allow some distance. When you see your opponent is weak in inside shooters on this time, you can implement this tactic. It will give you excellent performance at the time.

Tight man-to-man: this very sticks way to control offices trap. Here you guard your opponent aggressively. You will cover them with no space. That way, it is very aggressive.

Zone defence

This is another great way to stop your offences player come off the goal. In this method the player guarding the specific area. Some defenders player cover the main zone area of the court. It is more complicated than the man to man defence after NBA mark it as illegal. Frank Lindley establish it in 1914.

If your opponents are weak in long shooting, then Zone defence is one of the best methods. If your opponent is very good on long shooting, then it will not work in this time.

Zone defence is usually changed by numbers. Commonly, there have six types of zone defence in basketball field.

Zone defence 2-3: this is a unique way to be a more professional. In that method, two players stay on the front of the court and tree player play in close the basketball goal. And it makes your seance authentic, more communication, more attention about offences etc.

There are many high sides of this strategy. The offences player can not make an opportunity for the inside shoot. You can hide your weak player.

The big problem is it makes too much gap in the court.

Zone defence 1-3-1

One defender play on the main point of the court, three players play in the front of the court and one player performance in close the basketball goal. All players have their responsibility, and the coacher has to design this strategy by considering all players ability and talent. This is the key to success in a basketball game.

Play between the goal to defeat and cover all corner. It is a very very good method to adjust your opponent trap.

2-1-2 basketball defence

This is an excellent defence for your competition. It allows lots of benefits such as very aggressive, good backboard control, always keep the pressure on the ball. But if you do mistake your opponents to get the change.

1-2-2 basketball defence

this is a solid defence. Its position and movement are very quickly. It does not take lots of time and practice.

If your opponent is very fast and good on an outside shoot, then 1-2-2 perfect for you.

Match-up zone defence

Match-up is very good for confused your opponent. I personally use this method. It combines both person-to-person and zone. Every defender has a unique role and responsibility.

Combination Defenses

This defence specially designed to make useless of the opponent’s trap. This very useful preparation against any terms. This is a combination of zone and man to man defence. It is also known as hybrid defences.  In this method, three-player perform in outside of the line, and two-player perform inside of the line. Each player has a different responsibility during the game. Also, it keeps changing depending on your coacher guide and situation. for this reason known it as a combination.

There some basic combination defences types.

Box and one basketball defence

if your opponent is powerful at scoring that time you can use Box and one defence. Its combination of man-to-man and zone.

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Diamond and one defence

It is designed like the size of the diamond, and one player performance in front of the court, for this reason, its name is diamond and one defence. A very good defence strategy to improve your gaming perspective.

Triangle and two-defence basketball

The Triangle is a very effective defence in basketball. Tree defence play in front of the court and two-player game outside of the court.

This method especially uses the end of the match to get enhanced results. Here the article will help you to know more.

Basketball defence fundamentals

You have to know about defence fundamentals before the types and all the strategy. If you have no strong knowledge about the basic fundamentals, then you can never make excellent terms and result.

Proper base:

In the game of basketball, you should stay your feet position proper way. Keep your balance in front of your opponent all the time. So that it can give you a better standability.

Eyes focus:

Always focus your eyes on the opponent stomach. It will help you to understand the movement of the offences player quickly.


Keep your weight on the front of your feet. It will help you to control yourself and make you faster.


I always understand the opponent movement and control your side with him/her. It totally depended on offences tactics. You can hand up your head to defend the shoot of the opponent.

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Basketball defence drills

Without the best exercises and practices in basketball, you can never make a good term. Here a video will help you understand about defence drills process.


As I said earlier, a strong basketball defence performance can change the situation of the game. That way, it so important. Always try to practice with all strategies so that you can change your motion of the game easily and your opponent can’t understand this.

Be careful about when you decided to change your position or types of defence. Always understand the weakness point about your opponent. Then you can change your position, which is suitable for you.

And this guide always a basic concept about all the defences tactics. I hope, when you get the major point of this content you will able to the best performance in the game.

I highly humble request to you don’t go ahead with the useless strategy. Otherwise, you can fail.

If you have any questions, please comment below.

 Thank you!

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