In this series of diagrams, we demonstrate the basics of the 1-3-1 zone defense and how to defend depending on where the basketball is located and also following a specific action such as a skip pass and dribble penetration. Basic Alignment: The goal is to keep 3 players between the ball and the basket. In the intital set-up, x1, x4, and x5 are … [Read more...]
Halfcourt Zone Defenses
Utilize a halfcourt zone defense to disrupt and confuse your opponent as well as to control tempo. Even if you don't play a zone defense all the time, it is a good idea to be able to throw one at an opponent once in awhile. See what's here and find a zone defense suitable to your personnel to pressure your opponent in the half court!
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fu·sion: a union by or as if by melting; a merging of diverse, distinct, or separate elements into a unified whole The Fusion Match-Up Zone Defense is designed to be the perfect mixture between zone and man defense. Growing up felt like an apprenticeship for my coaching career with my dad being a high school coach. He was always passionate about … [Read more...]
The 1-3-1 Zone Defense is an excellent zone defensive system that can greatly confuse and disrupt opposing offenses. The strength of the 1-3-1 lies in taking away the perimeter shot, as well as being able to pressure and trap with some minor adjustments. In this article, we will discuss the standard 1-3-1 zone defense along with some alignment … [Read more...]
The Stack 3 Zone Defense is an effective defense that can be used against a team with an excellent guard. It will also work well against a team with no inside threat. The Stack 3 Zone Defense is so named because of how the defensive guards are in a "stacked" position near the free throw and three-point lines. The other three defenders align … [Read more...]
The Combination Switch Defense can be quite advantageous against disciplined and deliberate offensive teams. These are the teams that run a patterned offense such as the flex, shuffle, etc. It also works against teams that run a motion or passing game and like to take time off the clock. Basically, in The Combination Switch Defense, the defenders … [Read more...]
This article and diagrams will cover the basic principles for playing an aggressive and effective 3-2 zone defense. This defense is not utilized so that the players just stand around and let the offense attack. In the 3-2 zone defense, we want to be the aggressor. The defenders must move quickly and with purpose. We do not allow teams to penetrate … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]