February 1, 2002, Newsletter Issue #43: MATCH UP ZONE DEFENSE

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General Match-Up Rules
Continually point to the man that you will be responsible for on the next pass and talk to your teammates.
Guard someone: don’t have two defensive players on the same
offensive player.
Defense should take the shape of the offense’s alignment.
Keep big players in and small players out.
The post player comes out in emergencies only…as when the offense has five players along the perimeter or if you have to defend an excellent perimeter shooter.
Help side defenders straddle the weak side lane line. The offense will screen away and will send offensive players away so in the Match-Up, assume all offensive players are good shooters.
Guards dig into the post to help force the ball back out onto the perimeter.
Switch everything to keep bigs in and smalls out…however, don’t switch the dribble.
Pressure every shot without fouling: change or alter the shot.
Only guard to the 3 point “arc.” This allows you to protect the paint and high post area while giving help in the post.
Do not deny passes out to the perimeter, but do pressure the ball.
Block Out, Pursue, Chin the Rebound, Outlet

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