1.4.5 “Box and 1” defence
Simply, the “Box and 1” is a combination defence, with one defender denying a particular player the ball at all times. This is done by playing a “tight” man to man style defence, however without any responsibility for “help” or rotation. The defence is mostly used if a team has a particularly dominant perimeter player.
The remaining four defenders play a “zone” defence and the rules of the 1-1-3 Match Up can be used to quickly develop a “Box and 1” defence.
Teaching the “Box and 1”
To teach the “Box and 1”, have 4 defenders and up to 7 offensive players. The defenders are to use the slides of the 1-1-3, provided that:
- 1 defender is always on the ball;
- 3 defenders always have one foot in the key (or are fronting a post player).
Shown are the 1-1-3 rules being used:
- Frontline defender (x4) takes the wing;
- Frontline defender (x5) fronts the low post;
- Guard (x2) moves to help position behind post (e.g. the same position as when trapping in the 1-1-3).
- x3 remains close to 3, denying them the ball
The defenders may also apply the principle of “whoever can get to the ball quickest moves”. Here x2 rotates to defend 2 at the wing position and x1 drops to deny the high post.
This leaves the two front line players (x3 and x4) defending the low post player.