It might not be the most glorious of positions, but it is one of the most important. While it takes a team to win, the job of the defense can not be understated. While the offense tends to get the glory the defense holds down the fort. You can’t win if you don’t score, but you can’t lose if you don’t let the other team score.

Playing defense is a very reactive position. It is about desire and heart. How much do you want it? How much do you want to win? Your commitment to the team and your desire to win are what will create a great defender.

Playing defense is an extremely mental position and your mindset is everything. While playing defense you will have spend your time challenging the other team and reacting to what they are doing. You will have to be able to read and predict what your opponents want to do. You have to be ready to challenge every play and pressure every second. There is no rest for the defense. The second you let up is the second the other team scores, and the second they score could be the turning point of the game.

Accept the challenge, put in the effort and show your commitment. These are the keys to being a great defender and helping your team win.