Constructing A Full Zone Offense Assault with Matt Hackenberg

Coach Matt Hackenberg shares his suggestions for an entire zone offense assault (base, movement, set performs & extra) with FastDraw diagrams & video.

When cruising the online for basketball content material, it appears like 90% of the stuff I see are ideas for offense. Solely a small p.c is expounded to protection. Then out of all that offensive content material, it appears the overwhelming majority is on man-to-man ideas. Now, I’m not going to be the particular person to champion defensive ideas on the web. However I’ll lay out a plan for having a whole zone offense assault for practically each state of affairs. Let’s dive in.

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Constructing A Full Zone Offense Assault – Ideas, Diagrams & Movies

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Zone Movement (Base Zone Offense)

You want to have a “base zone offense.” That is the time period I take advantage of to outline the idea that you just’ve chosen to be your default zone offense. When your group sees a zone, everyone knows we’re in “Gaps,” or “Titan,” or “Cowboy” – no matter you name your base zone offense. Your group shouldn’t be ready so that you can name one thing when the opponent flips to a zone. It ought to already know.

A base zone offense idea ought to have flexibility and flexibility to play in opposition to most quarter courtroom zone defenses, whether or not it’s an excellent entrance like a 2-3,  or an odd entrance like a 3-2 or 1-3-1. It is probably not an ideal scheme, however you possibly can belief the scheme to create an offensive strategy your group is snug with. This “Zone Movement” is usually a staple in your program, and is usually a good begin to having group and technique to assault zones. 

“Gaps” Conceptual Zone Offense

When you don’t like having that a lot motion, you possibly can go for one thing extra stationary. There are professionals and cons to gamers being extra stationary in zone offense. But, there’s a cause why many coaches select much less motion in opposition to zones than of their man-to-man assault. One thing like “Gaps” or “Triangle” accomplish the identical operate as a base zone offense, however present much less motion. 

Triangle Continuity Zone Offense

Have a “security blanket” idea for when groups prolong zones out to half courtroom and attempt to lure. An offensive idea that works within the quarter courtroom might not work as effectively in opposition to a zone prolonged to half courtroom. I’ve all the time favored having “Corners” put in. It may be used as an odd entrance quarter courtroom zone assault, but additionally supplies nice spacing for when groups prolong into half courtroom traps. Whereas this idea is a bit passive in opposition to quarter courtroom zones, I all the time thought it to be an ideal answer to run in opposition to extra prolonged 1-3-1 defenses.

Zone Offense Set Performs

It’s best to to have set performs prepared for if you want a basket, or wish to harm a selected type of zone protection. A base zone offense will get your group organized in opposition to zones. A security blanket idea prevents zone traps from bothering you. Now, you can begin to consider get a particular participant a shot in opposition to zone protection and harm a selected type of zone protection.

I favor having round 5 zone units per season, they usually might change from yr to yr relying on personnel. I wouldn’t simply choose 5 random units, however I’d take into consideration how we needed to assault the zones categorically. We’d have a lob set, a display screen in or aptitude set, a baseline overload set and a ball display screen set. Then for the final set, we’d choose one thing that complimented our personnel. So if in case you have excessive flyers, it could be a second lob set. You probably have strong publish gamers, it could be a duck in set. You probably have extra shooters, it is likely to be one other aptitude set. You get the concept. 

For a lob play, I like “Irish”:

For a display screen in or aptitude set, I like “Ohio”:

For a baseline overload set, I like “Kentucky”:

For a ball display screen set, I like “Wave”:

There are a zillion zone units on the market, so go discover those you want. You may additionally desire a zone BLOB in case your BLOB package deal doesn’t embody an idea or two that features effectively in opposition to zone. 

Take a look at Coach Hackenberg’s Playbank web page for all of his submitted performs and drills!

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