Zone defenses and zone defense drills to help your basketball team become better at playing the various zones such as the amoeba, 2-3, 1-3-1, and more.
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It's been said that "a good zone looks like a man (and a good man looks like a zone)." Individual Skills Drills Spend time on individual skills each day. These drills don't take a lot of practice time, but are important for developing the skill set necessary to play good zone defense. Stance Drill In diagram A, all players line up four or five across (depending on your number of players) in rows. In the stance drill, players maintain the correct defensive stance for one minute.
This drill is about building great 1on1 full court defense habits and transitioning into a half court setting. Then you work on all other aspects of your defense. Defending cuts, screens, getting into help position, stopping dribble penetration, etc. 3v3 defensive drills are also great because it's tougher to defend the entire court with three players than with five players like during a game.
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The 2-3 zone is the most popular zone defense played. It can be a very effective zone defense, because it still covers the 3-point arc as well as the inside game. Many teams will use the 2-3 zone against athletic teams to limit their drives to the rim and force them to take shots from the outside. 2-3 Zone Drills. Zone Defense Rebounding Drill
Defensive Specialist is a continuous drill that works on the different defensive movements players will make on defense including closeouts, defensive sliding, back-pedalling, and sprinting. Purpose: Since this drill covers all the most frequent movements players will make on defense, it’s one of the best basketball defense drills to get them used to these different movements.
To help players learn the benefits of the 'pass opposite' when playing against a zone defense. Drill #1: Inside Outside Pass Opposite O1 passes to O4 in the low post. O4 turns and passes opposite to O2 for the shot. Coaching Points: O4 should keep catch ball and keep at chin level or above head.
3-on-2 Guard Drive and Kick Drill. If the point-guard dribble attacks, this will engage one of the top defenders, and allow for an open kick-out pass to the wing. Use this 3-on-2 drill to bring the point home. In diagram 7, O1 dribbles at X1, and then kicks the pass over to O3.
Pick up an essential defensive drill that has become a staple for Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse men's basketball program. The defensive players must work on p...
The traditional 3-2 zone defense involves three players set up across the free-throw line with the two wings hard denying their opponents on the wing and the middle player (who we call the 'rover') denying the high post. This leaves the point guard at the top of the key without ball pressure.