Zone Defense

Find a zone defense or zone press defense that will fit your basketball team. Zone defenses can wreak havoc on offenses if performed with good technique and solid defensive fundamentals. And whether you like to press or not, there are definitely times within a game that a full court or half court press is necessary!

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Diamond Press Zone Defense

Diamond Press Zone Defense

Diamond 3: Full Court Rules for Top or Point Person - X1 Number one priority - no penetration down the middle. Keep pressure on the ball at all times. (Note: Even though the pickup point of the defense might call for the Top or Point to pick up at the free throw line, the Top or Point is allowed a great deal of leeway in picking the ball … [Read more...]

Combination Man-Zone Defense

Combination Zone Defense

The Combination Man-Zone Defense is so-called because it combines zone defense and man-to-man defense principles. This defense can be used as a change-up during a game or it can even be run for an entire game. The effectiveness of the Combination Man-Zone Defense is that it works well at disrupting teams that do a good job of running a motion … [Read more...]

Amoeba Defense

Amoeba Defense

The Amoeba Defense is somewhat of a gambling zone defense that can be quite effective at disrupting your opponent and creating numerous fast break opportunities. The amoeba defense was made especially famous by Coach Jerry Tarkanian and his great UNLV teams of the 80's and 90's. 1) The configuration of the amoeba defense is shown in Diagrams … [Read more...]