A type of defensive
scheme in virtually any sport that involves one team's players attempting to prevent the other team's players from receiving the ball
, or whatever object is passed back and forth in the particular sport). In a man to man defense, each defender
picks an individual player on the other team to guard
and to prevent from receiving the ball, and stays with that player whereever he or she may roam on the playing surface while the attacking team has possession
Contrast this to zone defense.