The Zone Delay Spread Offense is an offensive set you can utilize at or near the end of game situations when you are trying to use clock and the defense is in a zone. It is not entirely a continuity offense because there isn't a set pattern to follow but it is effective against a defense that is pressuring you with a halfcourt zone. I think more … [Read more...]
Take a look at our zone offense basketball playbook. 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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The 1-4 X Zone Offense starts out in a 1-4 set as shown in the following diagram. It can really be used against any zone defense because as the offensive players move, they will be flashing and cutting to open areas in the zone. The 1-4 X Zone Offense works well as a quick hitter but can also be run as a continuity, as you will see in the last … [Read more...]
The 1-3-1 Control Game Offense is a continuity offense with a baseline roamer. This offense works equally well against man-to-man or zone defenses. A control game is much like a delay game in that you are attempting to control the tempo of the game. You can certainly achieve this tempo in a motion- or passing-style offense but, depending upon your … [Read more...]
Junk defenses such as the Box-and-One, Triangle-and-Two, Diamond-and-One, or any other combination a coach may come up with are essentially combination defenses because they combine both man-to-man and zone principles. These types of defenses are generally not what a team utilizes so you can't really prepare for them in a 'normal' manner. Because … [Read more...]
The following 21 Zone Offense Strategies will help your zone offense be more effective and more dominant. These strategies are basically individual or team tactics you can utilize against any zone defense - and with any zone offensive system - to help you move the basketball and the defense to create open scoring opportunities. Zone Strategy 1: … [Read more...]
Many teams are unprepared for playing against zone defenses. That is why a lot of teams employ a zone defense. Playing against a zone is not rocket science, but we often make it more difficult than it should be. It is impossible (and very unwise) to ignore zone defenses because at some point you will be forced to play against one. As the coach, it … [Read more...]
The 1-4 High Continuity is an effective zone offense to employ against odd-front zones such as the 1-2-2. The point guard, O1, can initiate the offense to either the right or left side. In this diagram, O1 starts by dribbling to the right. As he goes right, O4 steps out to the the 3-point line to receive a pass from O1. O5 pins the guard on the … [Read more...]
Expect pressure. At one point or another, your offense can expect pressure. It may be from an opponent that pressures the entire game or simply a team that employs pressure to help them get back in the game. Regardless of how teams pressure and when they choose to do so, expect it to come. Now that you can expect it to come, make sure you prepare … [Read more...]
Regardless of how you decide to break and attack full court pressure, the players must learn various fundamentals that are helpful in beating pressure. Teach your players these skills and devote practice time so they will understand them and develop confidence against pressure. Here are the 20 fundamentals to be stressed: Do not waste your … [Read more...]
The Flash Middle Overload zone offense is designed to put pressure on the middle of a zone defense, especially an even-front zone such as the 2-3 zone defense. The continuity is simple; keep flashing players into the middle of the zone. O1 can initiate the offense to either wing. In this diagram, O1 starts by passing to O2 on his right. At the … [Read more...]
The 1-3-1 Rotational Zone Offense is designed to keep the offensive players moving. Teams will often do a good job of moving the ball against a zone defense, but they do a poor job of moving players. If you have ever seen your team stand around against a zone, this offense may be just what you need. This 1-3-1 offensive set with the rotational … [Read more...]
The following 7 strategies are necessary and helpful when attacking zone defenses. Regardless of the zone defense formation, you should be teaching your players these concepts so they will understand zone defense weaknesses and learn to be successful against zones. Rapid Ball Movement The basketball should be moved quickly with the pass. Passes … [Read more...]