Technique for playing zone defense in basketball. Learn how to set up a 2-3 zone in this free youth basketball lesson video from an experienced coach.Expert:...
2-3 (2-1-2) Zone Basketball Defense. Summary. This zone is similar to the 2-3 zone that Jim Boeheim uses at Syracuse. This is can be a very effective zone defense, because it still covers the 3-point arc as well as the inside game. Youth Coaches: Even though, you CAN win more games, AVOID playing any type of zone defense, because it can teach bad habits and hinder the long-term development of your players.
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6. “A good zone defense still teaches man-to-man principles. Players still close out, players still have to help, etc”. I discussed this topic earlier in the article but let’s quickly go over it again so that my thoughts on the topic are clear. Zone defense does teach some man-to-man principles, that’s correct.
The Pack Line defense is the best defense for youth basketball. It doesn’t matter about the height of your team, how athletic they, or any other excuse that coaches find to run a different defense. The Pack Line will provide your players with all the benefits of running a traditional man-to-man defense but will be much easier to teach your players.
I believe it is important to develop a complete skillsetespecially in youth players when learning how to play defense. Therefore, initially you should probably AVOID a zone defense and teach individual guarding skills and techniques through man-to-man defense to allow young players to fully develop their entire game.
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That just slows things down too much. So we teach all man to man until around 6th to 9th grade level (depending on the development level and their competence playing man to man defense). Then when they are ready (they are REALLY good at man to man) we start teaching zone defense too and play zone defense around 15-30% of the time in games.
Positions – Top of the Key. Basic setup when the ball is at the top of the key. When the ball is at the top is when we see the basic 2-3 zone defense structure. Two guards are at the top of the zone (1 and 2), two forwards a few steps out from the block (3 and 4), and the center in the middle of the key (5).
1-3-1 Three-Quarter Court Zone – ’23’. The three-quarter court zone is called ’23’ and is the aggressive version of the 1-3-1 zone defense. When using this variation, your team will trap in all four corners of the half court. This variation is best suited to a long, athletic team that wants to play at a fast pace.