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...]
Find a zone defense or zone press defense that will fit your basketball team. Zone defenses can wreak havoc on offenses if performed with good technique and solid defensive fundamentals. And whether you like to press or not, there are definitely times within a game that a full court or half court press is necessary!
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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 "11" Defense has the same base principles as both the Double Fist Havoc Press and our Diamond press. The only difference is how we align our top two people. The two guards in this instance are stacked vs. playing side by side. We will still use our quarter system along with our "Taker", "Reader", and "Teaser" system with all players off the … [Read more...]
Philosophy of the Double Fist Havoc Press Defense: “Pressure, Pressure, Pressure” We want to keep pressure on the opponent on both offense and defense What are we Trying to Get Out of the Press: Turnovers (Live Ball Turnovers) Quick / Bad Shots From Our Opponents Create More Offensive Opportunities Force Tempo / Disrupt Offensive … [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 Run-and-Jump Press is designed to force your opponent into mistakes, turnovers, bad shots, and to make them struggle to get into their offense. Philosophy of the Run-and-Jump The basic philosophy in the run-and-jump press is that you do not need to steal the basketball. If you are thinking "steal" you will invariably reach, get out of position … [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 2-2-1 Zone Press was first made popular by Coach John Wooden's early UCLA teams. This article explains Coach's basic player responsibilities when executing the 2-2-1. The objective of the 2-2-1 Zone Press is to force the offensive into certain areas and situations. The diagram below shows where the players should line up as the ball is … [Read more...]
You may not be a 'pressing' team, but it is good to have the ability to press at different points in a game. You may simply need to press towards the end of a game in order to come back from a deficit. You may also like to mix it up once in awhile to catch the other team off guard. Whenever you decide to press, the following points should be … [Read more...]
Diamond 3: Full Court Rules for Top or Point Person - X1 Number one priority - no penetration down the middle. Keep pressure on the ball at all times. (Note: Even though the pickup point of the defense might call for the Top or Point to pick up at the free throw line, the Top or Point is allowed a great deal of leeway in picking the ball … [Read more...]