1.4.1 Defending dribble hand offs
A dribble hand off is an exchange between a person with the ball and a person running past them. It is a dynamic move, with the dribbler stopping and then immediately handing the ball to a person running past.
1 dribbles toward 2, who cuts past, grabs the ball and immediately dribbles.
For convenience, in the following diagrams 1 is not shown dribbling, however 1 would normally be on the move, which does make defending more complex.
The defenders may double team 2 as they start their dribble. x1 moves to get directly into the path of 2 and x2 “trails” and moves with 2.
x1 should not move position until 1 has stopped their dribble and picked the ball up. If x1 moves too early ( when 1 still has a live dribble ),1 could simply turn to dribble to the basket.
Particularly if the hand off is from one guard to another guard, the defenders may switch, with x1 moving to defend 2 (who now has the ball) and x2 moving to defend 1.
The two defenders should “come together” as they switch, to ensure that there is no gap where the dribbler could penetrate after x2 has stopped defending the ball and before x1 is defending the ball.
Some teams add a screen to the hand-off action, which is designed to stop whichever defender is going to defend the new ball handler from getting in position to do so.