Double - Basketball Play for All Zone Defenses

This play works great against any zone defense but works especially well against the 2-3 zone. It will get you an easy basket in the low post or an open 3 point shot. It can be used at the end of the game/period or any time when you need to good look at the basket.


Player #5 should be your best post player and player #3 should be your best three point shooter.


  1. Player 1 passes to Player 2.

  2. Player 3 starts out on the left block and pops out when the ball is passed to Player 2.
   Double1 (4K)

  1. Player 2 passes to Player 3.

  2. Player 3 returns the pass to Player 2.  
   Double2 (4K)

  1. As soon as 3 passes the ball back to Player 2, he runs to the opposite corner.

  2. If Player 3 is denied that initial pass, Player 3 just makes his cut to the opposite corner, and Player 2 passes to Player 1.

  3. Player 4 sets a screen on the middle guy of the zone and 5 opens to the ball. It is important for Player 4 to wait to set the screen until Player 3 has run by them on the baseline.
   Double3 (4K)

  1. Player 1 passes the ball to Player 5. Player 4 goes to the opposite block for weak side rebounding. It is important for Player 4 to only hold the screen for a fast 2-count to avoid the 3-second call in the lane.
   Double4 (4K)

  1. If player 5 is covered, Player 1 should pass to Player 3. At the same time, Player 5 should be reestablishing post position.
   Double5 (4K)

  1. If the outside guy of the zone (Defensive Player 4) closes out on Player 3 in time to prevent the shot, a bounce pass by Player 3 to Player 5 should be open.
   Double6 (4K)

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Dynamic Zone Offense Plays Against Any Zone Defense
Zone Out of Bounds (Inbounds) Plays
Basketball Plays and The Art of Running Set Plays and Scoring More Points
Pitt - Great Zone Offense Play Used To Beat Syracuse's 2-3 Zone

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jennifer says:
12/27/2006 at 2:13:31 PM

thank you for all your info. i use it often coaching high school girls. thank you again.


rafik youssef says:
12/28/2006 at 2:41:02 AM


thank you for sending me this simple but great offense against zone . the Egyptian national team under 16y which i am the head coach will use it . hope to receive more from you

Dr . Rafik Youssef


Laron Simmons says:
12/30/2006 at 10:31:20 AM

Dear: Breakthough Basketball

Hey my name is Laron Simmons. Thank you so so much for sending me these offense zone plays I will currently use it when our season start and thoughout our basketball season. Could you please send me some more offense zone plays and buzzer beater plays I can currently use it. You can send me it at my email address at Once again thank you an advance for this I will currently use it thoughout our basketball season.


Connie O`Connie says:
1/10/2007 at 5:42:03 AM

dear joe and jeff thank u very much ftr ur newsletters. i am new to the coaching game and i find ur emails helpful and informative, i use ur drills all d time and there a great help. i was wondering if u could send me sum more plays for offensive zone, man and buzzer breakers in the simplest language possible so as not to confuse myself and my players! excellent thank you.
yours in sport
connie o`conner!


Galuak Deng Gai says:
1/22/2007 at 5:28:58 AM

hey thank you for sending me this letter i appriated i think it's will work for me and the team thank you alot.
regards coach Galuak of New Stars basketball Association Inc.


gregg says:
4/2/2007 at 6:16:36 PM

Is this a play my 6th graders can learn? Sounds too long to explain


Joe Haefner says:
4/2/2007 at 8:07:03 PM

Hey Gregg,

That's a good question. I used this play with a 7th grade team, and it worked great. You just have to be patient and get them many repetitions. Explain everything very slowly and give them time. I don't think you could input this in one practice with younger kids. If you do not see zone defense very much, I wouldn't worry about it. A basic offense would be fine. But if you see a zone defense consistently, I would try it.


Andrew S says:
4/19/2007 at 11:56:54 PM

I use this against both a zone and a man defence. Works very well each time. Also allows lots of options after the ball gets back to point. (look for a drive and dish to the 4 man as he comes back from the cut to waekside block) I also ask the 1 & 2 Man to cut and replace after passing the ball to keep the defence honest.


Dondi Roque says:
10/6/2007 at 2:25:01 AM

thank you for this site. it is so much help. i use this simple plays for all the teams i coach.

please send me more plays to my email. hoping to hear from you soon!!! quick but don't hurry...

Coach D


shaniqua says:
11/3/2007 at 10:47:53 AM

oh my gosh this play is phenominal! i always make player 3 and 5 the best shooters! my team won the championship and if it werent for you we would have been down in the dust so i just wanna thank youa with allllllll my heart for being there for me all the time wen i need something to do for a play!

from yours truly


Eric Trojanowicz says:
11/9/2007 at 9:21:54 AM

These are great plays that I am going to use. I have tryouts next week for freshman boys basketball and I was wondering if you can send me some drills to use during tryouts. Also, if you have some more out of bounds plays to send me that would be great also.



Jeff Haefner says:
11/9/2007 at 9:36:08 AM

Hi Eric,

Visit this page for information about try out drills:

If you don't have our Basketball Plays eBook yet, you'll find inbounds plays in there:



Roberto Sepulveda says:
11/13/2007 at 4:49:16 PM

is very important to me new information each time about defense


Coach H says:
11/21/2007 at 4:11:14 PM

My team is very young, 6th and 7th graders playing against 8th graders.I loves the plays, will try with them. This double zone seems real easy. I'm hoping they will catch on. Thank you again for the plays and tips.
coach H


boonhian says:
1/28/2008 at 11:55:49 PM

my team tomo will have a tough tourament which is impt to us as it can bring us to top12 but the opponents team have a good center n 3pts shooter do i need to ply double team against the center??can help me?


Joe (Co-founder of Breakthrough Basketball) says:
1/29/2008 at 9:36:17 AM

Hi Boonhian,

You may want to try denying the post by either 3/4 fronting the post or completely fronting the post.


boonhian says:
1/29/2008 at 11:14:36 AM

dat mean i use 3/4 press but fronting the post arh? do u haf some tatical dig which i can see?


pr.morina-kosovo says:
2/21/2008 at 6:35:00 PM

this is very good for zone .
thank you so much


steven owusu akyem says:
5/9/2008 at 2:13:20 PM

thank for your advice


wandeka arthur says:
6/9/2008 at 2:41:20 PM

spledid mate! lovin this!


harsh says:
7/25/2008 at 3:26:31 AM



felix blumental says:
10/11/2008 at 7:15:31 PM

hi joe i will try this zone attak at 5th leage in israel & will tall you how it works. i"m also coach 10 years playrs 1st year in leage starts practis at age 6. we aloud to play only man to man & 4 x 4 can you send me some moves you think be helpfull for my young team. thanks alot


felix blumental says:
10/12/2008 at 4:33:06 AM

hi coach mike. i give big attention & time to work for improving basic skills with my young ( 10 y ) team. i know in this age the game is most basic skills & 1x1 or running game after rebound or ternover. but for the other 20% of game time will playd set game 4x4 and for this i"m asking for your help & advice for asimple move men to men 4x4
thanks alot for your time


Joe Haefner says:
10/12/2008 at 10:59:54 AM

Hi Felix,

You should find plenty of helpful information on coaching youth basketball at this link:

For advice on coaching 6 year olds, look at this link:


felix says:
10/13/2008 at 5:56:03 PM

hi joe, its realy very good drills for practice and some new ideas that i will take with my "both hands". in israel were im coaching the leage starts for the 5th grade ( 10 y )kids.
its there 6-5th year practice basketball.
in israel for this age the general rolls:only half court man to man 4x4 deffence,no screens at all.
what im asking 4 is asimple move for set game. still i bealive that basic drills are more importent in this age & 75% of each practice we does it but the leage starts in 2 weeks & good simple play can helps us to win agame or 2 more.
thank u so mach


Joe Haefner says:
10/14/2008 at 7:29:53 AM

Hi Felix,

Here is a basic offense that does not involve screens:

Maybe, you could tweak it to make it work for 4 players.


felix says:
10/14/2008 at 3:07:58 PM

hi joe
im was thinking about some drill very similar with basic 1-2-1 (without player no 5) so the p.g can pass closer & to both sides.
again thanks alot


Adam says:
11/20/2008 at 6:59:02 PM

this is an great play i am gonna havet to tell or show my teamates this play. i am in the 8th grade by the way i really love this play who made this up on the internet?


robert richmond says:
11/30/2008 at 1:56:46 PM



Joe Haefner says:
11/30/2008 at 4:43:54 PM

Hi Robert,

Take a look at these sets:


Will Catlin says:
11/30/2008 at 9:54:09 PM

Hey Joe, can you give me some offensive plays that don't involve screens. I coach 9 and 10 year olds and the league we're in doesn't allow screens.


Joe Haefner says:
12/1/2008 at 12:02:17 PM

Hi Will,

Try this one:


Coach ????????? says:
1/7/2009 at 2:57:49 PM

This play I shall use. This will be my team's best play.
Coach ?????????


Toenail says:
10/1/2009 at 8:24:02 AM

I think this play is bad! What if the middle player just move over! Think of better plays!


G.H. says:
10/7/2009 at 3:03:08 PM

I am coaching a group of 4th and 5th grade girls who are playing vs. 6th graders who are bigger than them. We are doing well, but our main problem is rebounding. I need some ideas on how to make my team a better rebounding team against girls who are bigger.


Jeff says:
10/7/2009 at 7:23:39 PM

G.H. - If you want to become a better rebounding team, I highly recommend our rebounding ebook and drills:

It offers you a proven process to consistently out rebound your opponent and become a powerhouse on the boards.


samadhan says:
4/10/2015 at 2:15:28 AM

thank you for sending me this simple but great offense against zone . the the samata international school team under 17y which i am the coach will use it . hope to receive more from you how to tech for slow learner


Kevin says:
2/4/2018 at 4:20:08 PM

I have a very unexperienced 8th grade girls basketball team this year. I had tried to run our flex offense against a 2-3 zone where you just try to get the ball where the defense isn''t but my girls need more instruction and to know exactly where to go. We used this offense in our last game and it was unbelievable. The other team did eventually start to guard this play, however, I will dedicate more time to showing them how to adjust to the defenses adjustments.


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