Continuity Zone Offense & Concepts To Beat Any Zone Defense
with Don Kelbick
-- Video & eBook
Don Kelbick's concepts to beat any zone defense is a comprehensive guide to arm you with concepts that are effective to beat all types of zone defenses.
By using the principles Don Kelbick highlights in the video and eBook, you will have a great understanding of what it takes to have an effective zone offense, and you can apply these principles to enhance your team's zone offense immediately!
Don Kelbick has been coaching basketball for over 35 years, and through the progression of his career, he's learned and perfected the elements it takes to successfully attack a zone. He has found this continuity zone offense simplifies the game, which makes it easy to teach it quickly and effectively.
As you'll see in the video, Don Kelbick takes a group of high school players that do not know him and have never run this offense before and gets them to run it effectively in the short time span that he had making this video. That should give you the confidence that your team can run this in no time!
This video and eBook is for any coach that wants their team to be able to adequately beat a zone defense.
What You'll Get in this Video and eBook
Coach Kelbick gives you an introduction to his continuity zone and explains:
- What all successful zone offenses have in common
- The importance skill development plays in your zone offense
- Putting players in a position to be successful
Chapter 1 - Elements of Zone Offense
In chapter 1, Coach Kelbick explains how over the course of his coaching career, he's seen what works and does not work with zone attacks. He explains the four elements that all successful zone offenses have, and why they are a threat to the defense.
Chapter 2 - Zone Continuity
In the video, Coach Kelbick uses one particular pattern that he uses to attack all zone defenses. Since it is a continuity offense, that means that the offense will repeat the same pattern of cuts every time the ball changes sides of the floor. In this chapter, he highlights:
- The initial offensive alignment
- Different ways the offense can be initiated
- The cuts players make when the ball goes to certain spots on the floor
- The positions players should be in to put the defense at a disadvantage
Chapter 3 - Attacking the 2-3 Zone
In chapter 3, Coach Kelbick highlights the fact that in order for your offense to be successful, your players must understand how the zone defense works and what the defense is trying to accomplish. He notes that what works against a 2-3 zone, may not work against a 1-2-2 unless your players make the appropriate adjustments.
When attacking a 2-3 zone, Coach Kelbick notes that your team's initial alignment should put players where the defenders in the zone must make coverage decisions. In this chapter, he emphasizes where your players should go when the ball goes to certain spots on the floor to weaken the 2-3 zone.
Chapter 4 - Attacking the 1-2-2 Zone
Just like attacking the 2-3 zone, your players must understand how a 1-2-2 defense works so that they can identify areas of indecision for the defense. In this chapter, Coach Kelbick shows how to expose a 1-2-2 defense and where the ball needs to go to emphasize the defense's weaknesses.
Chapter 5 - Attacking the 1-3-1 Zone
In this chapter, Coach Kelbick first shows how a 1-3-1 rotates and the initial alignment your offense should start with when going against the defense. He then highlights where the ball should and should not go against this defense and how to attack its weaknesses.
Chapter 6 - Adjustments Against Trapping Zones
In chapter 6, Coach Kelbick highlights the simple adjustments that your offense can make when a half-court zone defense occasionally traps the ball. In this chapter, he talks about:
- Maintaining the important elements of a zone offense
- The weakest part of any trapping zone
- Maintaining discipline against the trap
- The different types of trapping zones you may see
As the video winds down, Coach Kelbick gives you his closing thoughts on his continuity zone offense. He notes that since this is not his team, you're able to see the players go through the actual learning process, which should put your mind at ease that these concepts can be simple to teach to your team.
36 Page Supplemental eBook
For your convenience, we have documented some of the key concepts, implementation steps, and common questions from the Don Kelbick’s Zone Offense Video.
The PDF eBook is 36 pages.
Concepts & Principles That Can Be Applied to Any Offense
In the video, you'll be presented with dozens of zone offense concepts and principles. These are universal principles that apply to all types of zone offenses... including motion, continuity, and called play.
The purpose of this video is to arm you with concepts that are effective to beat all types of zones. This presentation will include one of Don's favorite continuity patterns, but the value in what you see is not necessarily found only in that pattern. We hope that after watching this video, and reading through the information, you will gain knowledge that will benefit you whatever zone attack you choose to run.
Entries to Distort the Zone
One of the best ways to attack a zone is to "distort" it immediately. This gets the defense "chasing"" and in recovery mode during the entire possession.
Coach Kelbick shows you entries that will immediately distort a zone. He walks through each situation and shows exactly how to distort each type of zone defense.
Benefits of Coach Kelbick's Zone Offense
1) Works against ALL types of zone defenses
The continuity presented is simple, yet very effective. It works against ALL types of zone defenses. In the video, you learn exactly how to attack and score against:
- 2-3 zone defense
- 1-2-2 zone defense
- 1-2-2 drop zone defense
- 1-3-1 zone defense
2) Simple Concepts to Teach
Installing any type of new offense can be worrisome for coaches because you aren't sure how your players will adapt. Coach Kelbick puts your mind at ease with this system, as all of the players used in this video had never played with each other or for Coach Kelbick before. However, by the end of the video, you're able to see the players efficiently and effectively beating zone defenses with Coach Kelbick's continuity zone offense. This should put your mind at ease that the offense is simple to install.
3) Flexible - Works for Different Types of Personnel
Whether you have a team full of quick guards, or a team full of bigs, Coach Kelbick's zone continuity offense will work for any type of personnel that you have on the floor. As long as you have five guys that understand the principles of the offense, you will leave defenses scrambling to cover you.
4) It Makes Defenses Work Hard
Often times, teams will play a zone defense because their kids are lazy and they're able to stand around more in a zone. That is not the case against this zone offense, as Coach Kelbick's offense attacks the weak areas of the zone defense, so the defenses have to work harder to cover you.
5) It Wins Games
The bottom line is that this continuity offense will win you games. Coach Kelbick has coached at all levels for 30 years - and this continuity offense against zones has been proven to work for him time and time again.
About Coach Don Kelbick
Some of Don Kelbick’s credentials include:
- Over 35 years of basketball coaching experience at the high school, Division I college, and professional levels.
- Served 14 years as a head coach and 10 years as Division I assistant including stops at Hofstra University, Marist College, Keene State College, and Florida International University.
- Has provided individual training for more than 14 different NBA players, 50 European and professional players, and hundreds of college basketball players.
- In addition to coaching, has scouted for NBA teams, including the Knicks and the Hawks, and served as general manager in the USBL.
- Has provided individual training for more than 14 different NBA players, 50 European and professional players, and hundreds of college basketball players.Traveled to over 20 different countries training players and teaching basketball.
Who Should Consider this Video & eBook Set?
This product is appropriate for all coaches at all levels. We highly recommend this product for any coach that wants to improve their zone offense.
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"Simple game....simple answers." - Kelbick
We’ll incorporate many of the concepts learned in this presentation.
I picked up several tips from this video and I think my zone offense arsenal will be better off thanks to what I was able to learn from the video and accompanying eBook.