3-2 (1-2-2) Zone Rotations
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. Our advice would be to focus on Man to Man Defense. If you would like to read a detailed explanation of why we advise youth coaches to avoid zone defenses, click here.
Basic Rotations and Positions of the 3-2 (1-2-2) zone
- Defender 3 comes out to guard the ball.
- Defender 1 drops down to the high post area.
- Defender 5 goes out to guard the ball.
- Defender 4 slides over to defend the low post.
- Defender 2 drops down to either defend the opposite low block or the wing if a skip pass is thrown.
- Defender 1 defends the high post area.
- Defender 3 can either sink in to stop penetration or apply pressure by denying the reversal pass.
- Defender 1 and defender 3 form the trap.
- Defender 2 slides over to slightly above the free throw line. He is anticipating a pass back to the top of the key or a skip pass to the opposite wing.
- Defender 5 takes a step out to try to anticipate a pass to the corner. He shouldn't sneak out too far if there is a player in the high or low post area.
- Defender 3 & defender 5 form the trap.
- Defender 4 slides over to defend low post.
- Defender 1 anticipates a pass into the high post or wing.
- Defender 2 plays 'center field.' He covers the top of the key until defender 1 recovers. He covers the skip pass to the opposite wing. He covers anybody cutting to the middle of the lane.
|If you'd like to dig deeper and get more information about developing an effective zone defense, we highly recommend Al Marshall's Zone Defense. In our opinion, he runs one of the best zone defenses in the country and it gives you the most thorough explanation of zone defense we have seen.|
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