Zone Offense

Take a look at the zone offense basketball playbook below. In several categories, you will find continuity zone offenses, set plays, drills, techniques and strategies to become better at playing against a zone defense.
 
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How to Score Against a 2-3 Zone

How to Score Against a 2-3 Zone

A defense will run a 2-3 zone for several different reasons. It could be because they don’t think that your team shoots well, they might be undersized, also could be what they do well, or maybe to take you out of your normal man to man sets. Whatever the reason is, it is your job as the head coach to have your team prepared to play against a 2-3 … [Read more...]

High-Low Post Drill

High-Low Post Drill

Purpose: To teach the post players the basics of flashing to the high post and then looking for the low post teammate on a pass or for their own shot. Drill: This drill uses four defenders set up in somewhat of a box zone. The drill starts with #1 passing to #2. #4 flashes to high post elbow looking for a pass from #2. Upon receiving the … [Read more...]

3 Quick Hitters vs. a Triangle and Two

3 Quick Hitters vs. a Triangle and Two

It isn't often that you come across a Triangle and 2 Defense, but if and when you do see it, you will want to be able to run something simple against it. The following diagrams discuss three different quick hitters that can be run against a Triangle and 2 defense. Quick Hitter 1: O3 dribbles toward O4 at the elbow. O4 cuts down and … [Read more...]

Half Court Trap Attack Zone Offense

Half Court Trap Attack Offense

This half court press attack zone offense works great against those half court zone traps you will see from time to time, especially the 1-3-1 half court trap. It is a simple offense to run with a few options for attacking the trapping defense. 1) Option 1: O1 brings the ball up court and O2 stays even with O1. Prior to crossing the half … [Read more...]

Double Stack Low

Double Stack Low

Double Stack Low is a simple zone quick hitting play intended to get a jump shot from the weak side. With this setup, it will work best against an even front zone such as a 2-3 or 2-1-2. 1) The play starts off with O1 (this should be your best jump shooter) bringing the ball to the middle. O1 calls the play (any number or name is … [Read more...]

Full Court Zone Press Attack Offense

Full Court Zone Press Attack Offense

This is a simple, yet very effective offense to use when facing a full court zone press. 1) O1 takes the basketball out of bounds. O2 and O3 line up at the free throw line and will break opposite of each other. They may need to start out in a stack position and screen one another to get open. O1 passes the basketball to O2 and then sprints to … [Read more...]

Double Skip Pass Drill

Double Skip Pass Drill

Purpose: This drill helps the players work on making skip passes, receiving skip passes, and moving into an open gap in the zone prepared to shoot. Drill: One line at the top as shown. Use as many baskets as you can to keep lines short. O1 starts by making a skip pass to the coach or manager (C). After making the pass, O1 slides down outside the … [Read more...]

Overload Continuity Zone Offense

Overload Continuity Zone Offense

This zone offense is so named because the continuity is created by the point guard dribbling from side to side, pulling the defense with him (thereby creating an overload on one side of the defense). Screens are also plentiful in this zone offense to create open shots. This is an efficient offense that can be run against either an even- or … [Read more...]

Post X Continuity Zone Offense

Post X Continuity Zone Offense

The Post X Continuity Zone Offense is a simple offense to run and is most effective against even-front zones. 1) The offense starts in something of a 1-4 high set as shown. The point guard, #1, can dribble the ball either left or right to initiate the offense. In this diagram, #1 begins by dribbling to the right. #1 dribbles to the right … [Read more...]

Box Breaker

Box Breaker

This Box and One special play can be used when the defense goes to a box-and-one to shut down one particular offensive player. The 'Box Breaker' can be run after a dead ball or whenever the defense is able to get into the box-and-one. As you can see from the diagram, the offense sets up with a point guard (1), a short corner player behind the … [Read more...]

Baseline Breakdown Drill

Baseline Breakdown Drill

Purpose: To work on attacking the zone defense when the ball goes to the baseline. This is a good place to attack from as the offense has now gotten behind the defense. Drill: Four offensive players on one side of the floor as shown. Three defenders playing a zone in a similar manner to the diagram. The drill begins with O1 passing to O2 on the … [Read more...]

Step Into Gap Drill

Step Into Gap Drill

Purpose: The 'Step Into Gap' drill teaches the players to move into the 'gap' after making a pass against a zone. Drill: Two lines at the top as shown. O1 and O4 pass to their respective coach (C) or fellow player. O1 and O4 curl either down or to the top. O1's coach passes the ball back to O1 and O4's coach passes back to O4. O1 and O4 each … [Read more...]