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I have a basketball question about playing defense.

I need some help on how to teach man on man defense to 4 and 5 year olds.

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Jan 03, 2008
by: Anonymous What i do is get colored wrist bands,2 of each color. I tell them to guard the man that has the same color band as them. It works,heck it’s how i learned,so try it out.

Dec 17, 2007
Not sure there’s a need yet…
by: Joe Waters – webmaster Thanks for the basketball question Bob.

At 4 and 5 years old, honestly, I don’t know if there’s a need to teach the players how to play man defense.

Their basketball experience at this age should be about fun games, drills and contests. Not man-to-man defense.

If you want to introduce the “concept” of defense or maybe the defensive stance, that would be fine. Just keep it simple and make it fun and I think you’ll be fine.