Basketball Zone Plays - Dynamic Zone Offense Plays Against Any Zone Defense

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Zone defenses can cause many headaches for coaches. While it is important to teach your players how to play against a zone defense, it's also very important to have a few zone plays in your back pocket to help you beat any zone defense.

We believe that teaching zone principles will help you the most in the long-run and need to be emphasized. However, there are definitely times during games where you just need a zone play to get a good look at the basket. Some coaches also prefer to use their best zone plays when they first see a zone defense during a game. The rationale is that if they execute a couple of zone plays right from the beginning, the opposing coach may quickly pull their team out of the zone defense.

Zone Plays Against 2-3 Zones, 3-2 Zones, and 1-3-1 Zones

Double - Great zone play that can be executed against a 2-3 zone, a 3-2 zone, and even a 1-3-1 zone defense.

Overload - Very simple zone play that is effective against all zone defenses.

Overload 2 - This is a variation of the Overload zone play to help you get more easy buckets.

Pitt - This is a great zone play to use against 2-3 zone defenses. Jamie Dixon popularized this play to beat Syracuse's zone defense.

Shallow - This is a simple, yet effective zone play that is most useful against a 2-3 zone defense, but can also be used against other defenses.

Quick Hitter Vs. 1-3-1 Zone - This is a great play to use against a 1-3-1 zone defense.

Cincy - This is a great zone play and it can also be adapted to use against man to man defenses.

Related Pages and Helpful Resources

Zone Out of Bounds (Inbounds) Plays
Basketball Plays and The Art of Running Set Plays and Scoring More Points
3 Simple Strategies to Attack a Zone Defense

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Ramin says:
1/27/2020 at 9:40:57 AM

Hi Coach. Would you help me with some diagram showing how to attack 1-1-3 zone defense? thanks in advance.


Fredrick III says:
5/3/2018 at 3:13:36 PM

Overload 2 could also be used as a motion offense vs a zone defense.


Alex says:
1/25/2018 at 11:15:48 PM

I coach 7th grade boys and we Use Cincy all the time. Great play for good shooters.


jiouh says:
10/11/2016 at 8:59:05 AM



PLC(girl) says:
11/2/2013 at 11:26:35 AM

I just made the basketball team at school and I was looking for some plays to share with my coach and teammates. These are exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks. My favorite is the overload 2. It really works.


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