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...]
Techniques & Drills
Learn various zone offense techniques, drills, and principles to help you run a more efficient, more effective and more dominating zone offense. There are many great skills and nuances that can be learned to help your basketball players more readily defeat zone defenses.
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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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
Purpose: The 'Attack the Diamond' drill is very similar to the 'Attack the Box' drill. The main difference, however, is the emphasis placed on the offensive players. Drill: The defense sets up in a 4-man diamond zone as shown. The four offensive players set up as shown. The offensive players attack the diamond by emphasizing diagonal passes and … [Read more...]
Purpose: The 'Attack the Box' drill allows the offensive players to work against a box zone using any of the 21 Zone Principles discussed. Drill: The defense sets up with 4 players in a box zone as shown. Four offensive players are in a 1-2-1 offensive set as shown. The offensive players attack the box using the zone principles. Coaching … [Read more...]
Purpose: To practice the zone offense principles and techniques that were previously taught and using them in a game-like situation. Drill: Four defenders set up in a box zone defense. Offensive players O1, O2, O3 and O4 set up in a manner shown. The perimeter players, O1, O2, and O3, attack the zone using perimeter player principles. O4 should … [Read more...]
Purpose: To teach the perimeter offensive players to penetrate the gap and force two players to guard you. It also helps them work on skip passes and kicking the ball back out. Drill: Four defenders sets up in a box zone. Three offensive players set up around the perimeter. There is no set pattern for this drill. The player with the ball should … [Read more...]
Purpose: This drill helps the perimeter players work on penetrating the gaps in a zone and kicking to an open teammate when the gap is closed. Drill: The three offensive guards set up around the perimeter. The two defenders play as they would at the top of a zone. The drill can begin in any manner, however, for this diagram the drill begins with … [Read more...]