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...]
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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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...]
1) The idea behind the triangle zone press offense is to keep the lanes filled but to also keep three players in a 'triangle' situation. With the lanes filled and a player down near the basket, the defense will have to make a decision as to who to trap and when. The triangle formation will always ensure that someone should be open if they do … [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 … [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...]
The Doublestack Flash is a good zone offense set play to run against a 1-3-1 zone defense. 1) The play begins with O1 dribbling toward O3. O3 cuts through the lane and out to the weakside corner/wing. O2 slides over into the gap at the top of the key. 2) O1 passes to O2 cutting into the gap at the top. On the pass, O5 … [Read more...]
:: From the Hoops U. 'How-To' Series :: The purpose of this article is to help the basketball player by giving specific tips, techniques and an understanding of how to beat pressure defenses such as full court presses and half court traps. Basketball coaches will also benefit from this article by sharing these ideas with your players. For specific … [Read more...]