This is a very simple zone offense that can be used at any level. It works best against a 2-3 zone.
Players 1, 2, & 3 should be your wing players and Players 4 & 5 should be your post players.
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- You will want to start your players out in this set.
- Player 1 can pass it to either wing.
- If Player 1 passes it to Player 2, Player 5 goes to the high post area on the ball side. Player 4
slides from the block to the short corner. The short corner is about 2 to 3 feet away from the baseline
and 2 to 3 feet outside the lane.
- Player 2 looks to pass the ball to Player 5 in the high post or Player 4 in the
low post area if possible.
When the ball is on the wing, the wing player should not be in a rush. He should be
patient to look at how the defense reacts and try to find a hole in the defense.
- If nothing is there, Player 2 will swing the ball back to Player 1. Within this offense, you do not
want to hold the ball at the top of the key. That's why it is important for Player 1 to quickly swing the ball
to Player 3.
- When the ball is passed to Player 1, Player 5 flashes in the middle of the lane looking for a quick entry
pass if open. This will only be there for a split second, because Player 1 is going to swing the ball quickly
to Player 3. As soon as the pass goes to Player 3, Player 5 will go to the short corner.
- Player 4 will stay put until the pass goes to Player 3. Once this happens, Player 4 will go to the high
post area on the ball side.
- Player 3 looks for entry passes into Player 4 or Player 5.
- If Player 4 & 5 are not open, Player 3 can pass it to Player 1 or throw a skip pass to Player 2.
Player 1 glances to see if there is an open gap in the zone, then swings the ball to Player 2.
- If Player 2 throws an entry pass into Player 5. Player 5 can turn and look for the open jump
shot or attack the basket.
Another option for Player 5 is to turn and throw a pass to Player 4 who should try to slide in behind the
zone defense for an open lay up.
Here is another variation to the yo-yo offense which will provide more movement for the wing offensive players:
- When Player 1 throws the ball to the wing, he cuts to the opposite wing, instead of staying at the top
of the key.
Player 2 replaces Player 1 at the top of the key. Players 4 & 5 continue their normal movements in the post area.
This helps if you find your wing players becoming complacent.
- Like before, Player 3 looks into the post for an entry pass. If nothing is open, he returns the pass to
Player 4 slides into the seam underneath the free throw line.
- Player 2 passes the ball to Player 1. Player 2 cuts to the opposite wing and Player 3 replaces Player 2 to
at the top of the key.
Post Players 4 & 5 continue their normal movement within the offense. Player 4 cuts to the short corner and
Player 5 flashes to the high post.
When a Player is coming across the lane into the high post like player 5 is in this diagram. We sometimes
teach him to shuffle his feet across the lane, so he doesn't fly past an open seem to quickly.
- Here is the positions that your players should be in with the ball on the wing:
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