DEFENDING THE LOW POST PLAYER Base Denial Position 1. Defender assumes a low bent knee stance, feet wide apart with rear foot approximately 30cm behind offensive player, ear even with opponent's chest, head and eyes focused straight ahead to insure vision of both the ball handler and the opponent. 2. One of defender's arms should be extended at shoulder level, hand faced out ready to deflect any attempted pass. Defender's other arm is positioned at right angle to body, with back of hand brushing opponent's hip. Topside Denial Position When ball is above the free throw line extended, assume a topside post pass denial position. Stay low in an "ear on chest" 3/4 pass denial position with hand (STOP SIGN) extended out and up in the passing lane. Keep back foot 30cm behind opponent’s foot. Try to force the opponent below the block. Post Front Position In defending the low post area, if the passer is located on the wing, the base or topside denial position moves into a full Post Front position utilising "slip front" technique. In a full Front position, the defender assumes a low, semiflexed position between passer and the post with the outside hand raised and rotating to disrupt passing vision and the lower hand extended down in contact with the post's lower body. Methods for Changing Defensive Post Position Post defender must read passer actions and move while ball is in the air. When passer holds the ball high, defender must defend passing lane. When passer holds the ball low, be alert to adjust position for drive. Release pressure whenever adjusting position. Step off, disengage and then quickly move to the desired position. When the post receives the ball with back to basket, play off by stepping back to prevent the hook step, and anticipate a post pass. When post turns and faces the basket, "Jam or Smother" with knees bent, and influencing post away from the basket. Techniques used for changing sides: 1. Go In Front - "Slip Front" or "X-Step" by releasing contact and stepping over in front of post to a pass denial position on opposite side. Switch "Stop Signs" - keeping a hand in the passing lane at all times. 2. GO BEHIND - release contact by stepping back, and change "Stop Signs" by circling behind post. Use this method primarily against non-players or good offensive rebounders. Playing Behind. Play behind the post with a foot between opponent’s feet. Use leg to force opponent off the block away from the basket. Extend a hand into the passing lane. Play behind against a good offensive rebounder or non-player or when double-teaming.