Newsletter #258

February 1, 2023


Today's Quote:   "Teamwork doesn’t come naturally. It must be taught." - Pat Summitt

Today's Theme... Attacking Zone Defenses

Basics of Zone Offense
Zone defenses can create special problems for the offense, and you must have a zone offense or two.  We have used two basic zone offenses, "zone-1" for attacking the 2-3 zone, and "zone-2" (or "Runner") for attacking the 1-2-2 and 1-3-1 zones.  We have also used the "Runner" offense successfully against the 2-3 zone.  This article discusses principles of zone offenses, how to attack zones, and gives links to a number of specific zone offenses... read more.


Attacking the 2-3 Zone Defense
The 2-3 zone is by far the most common zone defense that you will see.  This article discusses how to attack the 2-3 zone using our "zone-1" ("Zone-23" in the article)... read more.  

Key Elements/Principles in Attacking the 2-3 Zone Defense

Kansas 2-3 Zone Offense

Youth teams might like this simple 2-3 zone offense.  
Also take a look at:
Anchors Zone Offense
Stanford Motion-Zone Offense


Attacking the 1-3-1 Zone Defense
There are a number of ways of attacking the 1-3-1 zone defense, but most success will come with attacking from the corner or short corner, and underneath the zone. Screening the low defender and back-screening the middle defender create opportunities as well.  Take a look at our "zone-2" or "Runner" offense, or the "Corners" (4-Out) zone offense ... read more.

1-2-2 (and 3-2) Zone Attack
Our "zone-2" (Runner") offense works very well against this zone.  We want to attack this zone from the corner, as this puts pressure on the low defenders... read more.

You can also use plays specifically designed for exploiting the weaknesses of zones.
2-3 Zone Offense Plays
4-Out Zone Offense & Plays

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