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.
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.
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Force the dribble and control the ball handler. Knees bent, back bent, feet wide and hands down and outwards. Don't let ball handler get past. Place f... Box and One Defense: 4 players play zonal defence in a box, one player plays man to man against the best offensive player.
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.
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
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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.
3-on-2 Triangle Drill This drills reinforces the idea of looking to the get the ball inside. Start with three players on offense and two on defense (diagram 10). O1 passes to O3 on the wing, X3 comes out to defend, while X5 sags toward O5. O3 passes back to O1 (diagram 11) and X5 sprints up. O1 looks for O5 cutting to the hoop (diagram 12).
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.