Steal More Skip Passes With This 1-3-1 Zone Defense Tip (This Can Work For Other Zone Defenses Too)

Here is a tip that will help you get more steals on the skip pass with your 1-3-1 zone defense.

In fact, you can use this tip with other zone defenses too. That's because when the ball is in the corner, zone defense alignments are very similar for most zone defenses.

In this video clip from 31 Defense - The Disruptive 1-3-1 Zone Defense, Coach Will Rey explains and demonstrates the tip.


Initial Set Up

To better understand how this tip works. Here is the initial set up for the 1-3-1 zone defense.

Here is what each of the letters mean for the defense.

C - Chaser
M - Middle
T - Tail
RW - Right Wing
LW - Left Wing



Ball In The Corner

When a pass is made to the corner, the defense transitions to these new positions.



Stealing The Skip Pass

As you can see, the Chaser (C) should be high enough to steal the skip pass.

If they sink too far into the lane as Coach Rey showed in the video, it becomes too difficult to steal the skip pass.


If you are interested in learning more about this defense, check out Will Rey's 31 Defense - The Disruptive 1-3-1 Zone Defense.

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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Coach al says:
9/20/2017 at 10:57:45 PM

Should the M or T be your center person

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Jeff Haefner says:
9/21/2017 at 12:04:25 PM

It depends. Many times, but not always, your center will play the M position.

The M (Middle) is the “Protector of the Defense.” His job is to “own Main Street” by not allowing any penetration into the lane. In that sense, he is the “King of the Hill” and the hub of the defense. His primary responsibility is to front any offensive player in the high, middle, or low post. He must also deter any dribblers that may penetrate the perimeter of the defense. The Middle must be someone who welcomes contact.

The T (tail) is the back player in the 1-3-1 Defense and covers from corner-to-corner. This must be a vocal player who sees the floor and communicates quickly with his teammates. He has the best vantage point to direct his teammates because he has the entire defense in front of him. He should be able to call out cutters, offensive patterns, and recognize set plays. He is the eyes and the voice of the defense. This may be a smaller player, but must be one who is a determined competitor with a great work ethic to cover such a large area while communicating to his teammates.

The position responsibilities and the details of the defense are covered in the ebook and DVDs:


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