How To Win More Games With Less Talent - Al Marshall's Aggressive 2-3 Zone Defense

Look at these crazy defensive stats produced by one program!

This defense held their state tournament opponents to 29.7 points BELOW their season average.

This defense led the state in defensive field goal percentage for six straight years!

This same defense helped normal athletes win 86% of their games over the coach's last 11 years.

And this program is from a small public high school. There isn't any recruiting. And they didn't have any D1 players.

And I grew up playing against these teams and later coaching against these teams. I can guarantee you, there is nothing special or extraordinary about the athletes. They weren't any more talented than our teams.

But the way they played defense is extraordinary!

And you'll also learn how this defense helped multiple coaches take a huge step with their programs... like winning the state championship!

The Solution To Winning More Games... Even With Less Talent

Coach Al Marshall of Cascade, Iowa accomplished the amazing feats above...

He did so after switching to a 2-3 zone defense after nearly 30 years of coaching man to man defense.

And this isn't your typical lazy 2-3 zone defense. It's super aggressive! It's also very adaptable to your strengths and your opponent's strengths!

Along with the accolades above, Coach Marshall also...

  • Won 738 games - 3rd all-time Iowa high school basketball
  • Smothered and held teams to 31.9 PPG during one season
  • Earned induction into the Iowa basketball Hall of Fame.

But we want to explain why and how you can do this, as well. We believe if you do it half as well, you'll have a lot more success.

Even if you're a man to man defense coach who refuses to switch to zone, you definitely need to read this!

It could be the difference, like it was for me, in making it to the state championship game... or like coaches Nate Sanderson or Kiley Yates who won state championships.

Additionally, I'm going to tell you how it greatly improved our zone offense while being super efficient with our practice time.


Picture of the South O'Brien High School boys' basketball team from Paullina, Iowa celebrating the school's first ever state championship! They used Coach Marshall's 2-3 zone defense. Kiley Yates is the head coach.

Why Coach Marshall Switched to Zone Defense After Another Depressing Loss...

Head buried in your hands after an excruciating loss in the postseason. Walking off the court with your chin tucked because you're filled with a plethora of emotions. And you're trying to avoid eye contact.

And next, you get to enter a locker room with a lot of teary eyes because another season just ended.

And to make matters worse, your opponent played out of their minds and knocked down nearly half of their 3-point shots. You know... the guy who shoots 17% for the season from three just happens to knock down 6 threes against you.

I think we've all been there... at least once.

Coach Marshall had been coaching nearly 30 years and yet another season ended this way for him.

Al Marshall taught and played sound man to man defense every single year.

After another loss where the opposing team made numerous 3-pointers, he thought... "Why am I playing man to man defense if I'm still giving up the 3-point shot?"

So Coach Marshall concluded that he was going to teach a 2-3 zone defense.

And that excruciating loss was probably the best thing that happened to his coaching career.

And we hope it could be the best thing for your coaching career... or at least help you win a few more games per season.

Just look below at what happened to Coach Marshall's win percentage after he made the switch!

Won 86% of Games Over 11 Years! Averaged 21 Wins and 3 Losses per Season

The last 11 years of Coach Marshall's career, he won 86% of his games! He went 234-37.

He averaged 21 wins and 3 losses every season!

Previously, Coach Marshall had won 63% of his games with a record of 504-291.

Coach Al Marshall went to the state tournament three straight years from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, he retired.

He went from good to GREAT!

This is why we believe bad teams can become average teams. Average teams can become good teams. Good teams can become great teams.

And really good teams can become state champions. Below, we have the proof to back that up from numerous coaches.

But first, read these mind-boggling stats about Marshall's 2-3 zone defense.



This is a picture of Coach Marshall leading his team through a 5 on 5 drill with the 2-3 zone defense. This same defense helped Coach Marshall and the Cascade Cougars lead the state of Iowa in defensive scoring 8 out of 11 years.

Why This Zone Defense Helped Al Marshall Lead the State of Iowa in Defense... 8 of 11 Years!

From 2006 to 2016, Coach Marshall led the class in defensive scoring 8 out of 11 years.

And two of those years, he was 2nd. And the difference was less than 0.5 points per game each time.

So it's very obvious that he knows what he's doing. And he's able to win with it!

Quite simply, this is how Coach Marshall did this, they...

  • Eliminate good shoots and force the other team to take poor and even horrible shots.

  • Reducing your fouls and the number of free throws that your opponent attempts... the most efficient shot in basketball.

  • Mentally frustrated opposing coaches and players. This created a vicious cycle of bad shots and bad plays.

Let's get into it...

This Forces Your Opponents to Take the Worst Shot in Basketball

Here's how Coach Marshall once led the state in scoring defense with 31.9 points per game!

  • Coach Marshall's teams have high and wide hands. When you look at the zone, it reminds me of an octopus. It looks like a bunch of entangled arms and legs everywhere!

    It appears that there are ZERO open driving and passing lanes.

    As a result, players don't attempt to penetrate the zone as much. This reduces the number of high-percentage shots in the lane.

    It also reduces drive-and-kick shots.... another high percentage shot.

  • If somebody dribble penetrates, your best shot blockers and shot contesters are ALWAYS in the lane.

    When you do ATTEMPT to drive, you have scrappy guards clawing at the ball without fouling.

    Then you look up and there's a big getting ready to block or contest your shot.

    There are no easy baskets close to the basket. Every shot is contested or deterred.

  • On 3-point shots, you also have your best perimeter defenders.

    This means that they can quickly recover and contest perimeter shots. And they can do so without fouling.

    Your defenders are placed in positions of strength.

  • The zone defense eliminates almost ALL open 3-point shots by using a "bounce-back" technique.

    Traditionally, you worry about giving up open 3-pointers against a 2-3 zone defense. This is not the case with Coach Marshall's zone defense.

    With Marshall's zone defense, you use your bottom players on the zone to defend the initial shot on the wings. Then you quickly bounce back to defend the basket when the guard defender recovers.

    This forces your opponent into contested, perimeter jump shots.

And statistically, what's the worst shot in basketball? Contested perimeter jump shots. This is what Coach Marshall's zone defense forces you to shoot.

And often, the opposing team gets extremely frustrated. Then they start shooting 25 foot contested jump shots.

They go from poor shots to horrible shots.

The result is leading the state for 6 straight years in defensive field goal percentage.

If you want similar results, here's how to take action now...

How You Can Develop and Teach Al Marshall's Zone Defense - With Step by Step Instructions

We were really excited to develop this video because it shares the secrets behind the best zone defense we have ever seen...

Al Marshall's Aggressive 2-3 Zone Defense ...The Defense Your Opponents Will Hate!"

The Video/eBook package gives you the drills, coaching tips, and step-by-step instructions on how to develop a great 2-3 zone defense.

A defense that has helped multiple coaches win state championships!

What You'll Get in this Video and eBook Package

Video #1

Chapter 1 - Introduction and Keys to a Successful Zone Defense

  • Why the Al Marshall Zone works.
  • The 3 critical goals that drive your defense.
  • The 3 critical principles you need to emphasize to make the defense effective.
  • Who should use the zone defense.

Chapter 2 - Initial Setup and Basic Slides

  • Whiteboard and on court demonstrations.
  • Basic slides and positioning.
  • How to handle various passes and situations.
  • How to handle screens and movement.
  • How to cover the short corner and high post.
  • Keys to a quick defense.
  • How to take away the easy shots.

Chapter 3 - 12 Drills to Build Your Defense

  • Drills to develop quickness and anticipation.
  • Drills to keep players in their stance.
  • Close out drills.
  • Situational drills.
  • Overload drills.
  • All the drills that Al Marshall uses to build his defense.

Chapter 4 - The 2-3 Zone in Action

  • Live demonstration of the zone defense.
  • Key teaching points.
  • See how the defense comes together, takes away easy shots, and frustrates the offense.

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Chapter 5 - Common Offenses & Teaching Points

  • Learn how to defend various offenses like 4-out 1-in, short corner, and so on.
  • See Coach Marshall make corrections and teach in a practice environment.
  • Learn key teaching points and tips to make your zone defense more effective.

Chapter 6 - Defending Set Plays

  • Learn how to defend against set plays.
  • See how Coach Marshall defends the common set plays that he runs into.

Chapter 7 - How to Make Adjustments

  • One of the keys to their success is making adjustments. Learn how Al Marshall makes defensive adjustments.
  • Learn how to make in-game adjustments.
  • Learn how to make adjustments based on your personnel.
  • Learn how to make adjustments based on your opponent.
  • Learn how to adjust your zone to accommodate athletic guards.
  • How to stop great shooters.
  • How to stop great post players.
  • Alternate coverages for you to consider.
  • How to extend the zone and apply more pressure.

Chapter 8 - Q & A with Al Marshall

  • Find out the keys to his success.
  • Learn how your offense can affect your defense.
  • Learn how to get players to buy in.
  • Learn how to incorporate the defense into your own program and situation.
  • Keys to getting a competitive edge.

Chapter 9 - Closing Thoughts

  • Final words of wisdom.
  • What you should do next and incorporating the defense in your program.

Approx. running time is 110 minutes.

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"Al Marshall Is One of the Best Coaches I Know..." - Greg McDermott

Greg McDermott is the current head coach Creighton University. Under McDermott's tenure, they have ranked as high as #9 in the country.

He also coached his son Doug who was National Player of the Year and finished 5th all-time in NCAA scoring.

Here is what Greg said...

"Al Marshall is one of the best coaches that I know. And I was lucky enough to play for him in high school. He, among other coaches, has been instrumental in my coaching development. In addition to coaching basketball, he taught me the value of hard work. And we all know that he does an unbelievable job with his 2-3 zone defense."

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It can be the difference between you making the state tournament and winning the state championship.

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How This Keeps Your Best Players on the Floor and Requires Less Depth

Legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith once said, "The key statistic is getting to the foul line."

And the free throw is by far the most efficient shot in basketball.

According to Nylon Calculus, the free throw in the NBA was at 1.51 points per possession. While three-point shots were at 1.08.

So from a defensive standpoint, you want to reduce free throws.

Of course, numbers would be slightly different for high school and college, but you get the picture.


The diagram above shows that in the NBA, teams scored 1.51 points per possession when shooting free throws. It is by far the most efficient shot in basketball. As a defense, you want to minimize free throws.


With Coach Marshall's drills and coaching points, he shows you how to master your positioning and the use of your hands. This means fewer fouls for you and fewer free throws for your opponents.

And because you don't foul as much, the opposing team doesn't get in the bonus. This means they don't shoot free throws... the most efficient shot in basketball!

Additionally, this means you can keep your best players out there longer.

In the 2016 state semifinal and championship games, Coach Marshall played 4 of his 5 starters almost the entire game. They only played 6 players.

This means you don't need as much depth to win!

Coach Marshall's Teams Only Fouled 11 Times per Game!

My gut always told me that Coach Marshall's teams fouled less, so I went back to look at past stats when my teams played him. This is what I found.

For the 8 games we played them, we had 150 fouls compared to Coach Marshall's 88 fouls. We averaged nearly 19 fouls a game. They averaged 11 fouls a game.

There was only one game in which we tied or had fewer fouls. That was the only game that we won on a buzzer beater.

And I guarantee that a lot of our fouls were stupid fouls... there are frustration fouls that come with playing against Cascade's zone defense.

And this means you get to shoot more free throws while the other team is not.

You get to shoot the most efficient shot in basketball at the end of the game while your opponent does not.


The diagram above shows that over the 8 games that I played Coach Marshall's Cascade Cougars, we had nearly twice as many fouls. Cascade had 88 fouls while we had 150 fouls. This is part of the reason that they won 7 of those 8 games.

Like a Football Team... Your Defenders Are Put in Positions of Strength

The defensive players in the zone are trained similar to American football. Lineman, cornerbacks, linebackers, and safeties. They are specialists.

They are put in position of strengths to stop the other team from scoring.

They also have fewer responsibilities to learn than a traditional man to man defense.

Because your players are able to get hundreds and hundreds of repetitions with fewer situations, they become better at defending those situations.

Why This Is Great for Postseason Play... and Held the State Champion to 31 Points Below Their Average

In the conferences that I've coached and played, most teams played man to man defense.

So if 80% to 90% of the teams you face play man to man defense, what are you going to practice the most against?

It's not worth your time to spend the majority of your season on zone offense for a few games every year.

Coach Marshall took advantage of this situation. He said to us, "How can they fully prepare for our defense in just two days?"

This not only works in the regular season, it works in the postseason. Just look at what Cascade did during one of their state tournament appearances.

First round game - held Osage to 27 points. This was 32 points below their average.

Semifinals game - held Pella Christian to 36 points. This was 26 points below their average.

State championship game - held Western Christian to 42 points. This was 31 points below their average!

So think about that... They held the best teams in the state by an average of almost 29.7 points per game.

Personally, I don't think it matters if every team plays a 2-3 zone defense. Coach Marshall's defense is special, particularly, the way he teaches it and shows you how to teach it. There is no way to prepare for it!


This chart shows how difficult it is to score against Coach Marshall's 2-3 Zone Defense. At the 2016 state tournament, Coach Marshall's Cascade Cougars held their opponents to an average of 29.7 points below their season average!

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You Have More Practice Time for Offense, Skill Development, and Schemes!

As mentioned above, it doesn't take much time to set up. In fact, it takes less practice time to be really good at the defense.

A few years ago, my high school coach Kevin Barnes said this to me...

"Joe, besides being able to win some extra games strictly because of this defense, I don't know if people realize the value it provides on offense.

Because it's so simple to teach the zone defense, you don't have to spend as much practice time on it.

And now you can spend more time on offense, skill development, and schemes. It helps you win more games because your offense improves too."


Coach Kevin Barnes and the Anamosa high school 2015-16 basketball team. Coach Barnes is a big fan of the 2-3 zone defense. In the past, it has helped compete and win more games with less talent.

How This Defense Frustrated an All Conference Guard so Much... He Flipped the Bird to the Crowd

As mentioned earlier, this defense frustrates you like no other. My senior year I was an All-conference guard and I shot 19% (4 for 21) against them.

And in that same year, another really good guard in our conference had similar frustrations. This guard SHOULD have been unanimous 1st team all conference.

However, he got extremely frustrated during the game against Coach Marshall's Cascade Cougars. In fact, he turned around and flipped two birds to the whole Cascade crowd! This is why he wasn't unanimous 1st team.

And this type of frustration is routine when you play Coach Marshall's 2-3 zone defense.

Almost every team that had great guards just suffered against this defense.

If you were able to catch any of their state tournament games, you could visually see it. I was fortunate to watch it online.

All State guards were getting so frustrated that they started shooting contested shots from the NBA 3-point line. Horrible shots.

In the 2016 semifinal game, a guard who was first team all state scored only 5 points on 2 of 9 shooting. He averaged 19.5 PPG for the season.

In the 2016 quarterfinal game, nobody on the opposing team scored more than 6 points.

This Defense Makes Your Opponents Hesitant and Indecisive!

As mentioned above, I can personally relate. I've played and coached against the zone defense.

The defense creates so much indecision and hesitancy. It doesn't matter how much you talk about it and prepare for it. When you get out there, you are just overwhelmed.

There are never any open driving lanes. When you get in the lane, somebody is contesting every shot.

You have to be extremely careful with every pass because they're masters at anticipating and deflecting passes.

Most times, you end up 25 feet from the basket catching the ball.

Then you get frustrated. Then you start making stupid decisions. Then you start making bad passes and taking bad shots.

Now, imagine yourself in Coach Marshall's shoes. Your opponents are shooting contested 25 foot jump shots. You're probably going to win a lot more games!

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This High School Girls' Coach Won Back-To-Back State Titles! "Most User-Friendly Zone Video I Have Ever Purchased"

Nate Sanderson is the head coach of Springville high school in Springville, Iowa. In 2015, his team got 2nd place. In 2016 & 2017, they got 1st place! While coach Sanderson left, Springville won a 3rd straight championship in 2018.

Here is what Nate said...

"I can tell you that the structure and drill progression we learned from the Al Marshall 2-3 Zone Video was instrumental in helping us implement the 2-3 Zone Defense after being a man-to-man coach for most of my career prior.

Al does an excellent job explaining court positioning and player responsibilities, as well as adjustments for a lot of common actions we've encountered since going to the 2-3 Zone.

His video is by far the most comprehensive and user-friendly zone video I have ever purchased.

We've had a lot of success running exclusively 2-3 Zone since we made the switch including a state runner-up finish, and two state championships!"


Coach Nate Sanderson and the Springville girls celebrating their 2016 state championship victory. Coach Sanderson used the 2-3 zone defense to pull out the close win.

How Our Man to Man Defense Team Went to the State Championship Game Because of the "Secret Weapon" Zone Defense

During the 2010-11 season, I was an assistant varsity coach at Blue Valley Northwest in Overland Park, Kansas.

We ended up playing in the 6A state championship game that year.

And during the season, there were two games that went down to the last second. And in both games, the opposing team had the ball.

Even though we primarily played man to man defense, our coach used a sneaky little tactic that tricked two veteran coaches.

We showed a soft man to man full court defense. Then when they passed half court, we transitioned into a 2-3 zone defense.

In both games, the opposing players and coaches were baffled. And both games ended with them shooting a desperation shot that had little chance to go in.

And you could argue that those two games were vital for us making the state championship game.

With a lower seed, we might have played the state championship team in the quarterfinals instead.

So it could be critical for you to have this zone defense in your back pocket for strategy purposes. It could also be the reason you make it to the state championship game... like us.

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Improves Your Zone Offense Because...

I found that before I started teaching this zone defense to practice against it... my zone offense wasn't good.

As soon as I made this change, our zone offense improved quite a bit.

We actually had opposing teams switching from zone defense to man to man defense. This never happened to me before.

And it takes very little time to teach.

At the beginning of the season, I spent about 30 to 45 minutes teaching the 2-3 zone defense.

I did this over two practices.

I had each player learn one spot. This allowed me to be super efficient in teaching the defense.

After you teach the foundation, you can spend 10 minutes running the 5v5 to refresh and emphasize key points.

You can do this once a week or every few weeks depending on your situation.

Also, if you have an assistant, you can have them coach the zone defense while you practice zone offense. This is the most efficient way to do it.

"One of the Best Resources I Have Seen in My Coaching Career"... Been Coaching Since the Early 1970s

Check out what George Steyer from Medina, Ohio said...

"I started coaching high school basketball in the early '70s and have used a wide variety of resources since then - books, articles, audio tapes, video tapes, DVD's, etc.

Many times I was disappointed in the resource and felt it was a waste of my time and money. Coach Marshall's Video does not disappoint you - it is everything the promo promises it will be! It is one of the best resources I have seen in my coaching career.

Coach Al gives you everything you need in an easy to follow step-by-step format to incorporate the 2-3 zone with your team - philosophy, drills, slides, adjustments for different offenses, variations of the zone, etc."

"Explains How to Defend Short Corner and Quick-Hitters"

Here is what Carlos Lopez from Pueblo, Colorado said...

"I have purchased every zone defense book and video out there. Coach Al Marshall's video is the best I have seen.

The past videos that I have purchased did not explain how to defend the short corner. Coach Marshall explains this in detail and shares different ways to make adjustments in the short corner.

He also explains how to defend different quick hitters. I believe the only thing left out was defense transition into the Zone. Everything else was accomplished. You will not be disappointed!"

First Ever State Championship After Switching to the 2-3 Zone Defense out of Necessity!

Coach Marshall's zone defense is a big reason that we won the state championship, made another state tournament appearance and were competitive the season before that.

In the 2013-14 season, we made a change to the zone defense out of the necessity. We had a young, inexperienced team that lacked size and strength. Post defense and rebounding were going to be major concerns. We finished the season .500 after a rough start.

Well, it worked quite well for us the following year. We made our first state tournament appearance in school history in 2015. We set the school record by winning 22 games!

In the 2016 state tournament, we held our first round opponent to 49 points below their scoring average and won the state championship for the first time in school history after entering the postseason unranked.

At South O'Brien, we finished 25-3 and we held opponents 42.5 points per game while they shot just 36 percent from the field.

- Kiley Yates - Head Boys Coach at South O'Brien High School, Paullina, Iowa


Coach Kiley Yates clapping on the sidelines during the state tournament. Coach Yates helped lead South O'Brien of Paullina, Iowa to the school's first-ever state championship.

"Doesn't Leave You Wondering How He Teaches His Players the Progressions..."

Here is what Johnny Griffith from Exeter, New Hampshire said...

"This is a terrific video set. The teaching of the 2-3 itself is not that different from what you'll see in, say, Jim Boeheim's videos, etc.

What really sets this video apart is the clarity of the teaching and, even more so, the breakdown drills that Al Marshall so clearly illustrates with his players.

More than any other video I've ever seen, Al takes the time to break things down clearly and coherently and doesn't leave you wondering how he teaches his players the progressions or how he breaks the defense down into its composite parts.

I highly recommend this for any coach interested in installing and running a 2-3 zone."

More Effective Against Overloads and Big Guys Sliding on the Free Throw Line

Here is what Coach McManis from Vienna, Virginia said...

"To anyone looking to improve their 2-3 Zone defense I've found this to be an exciting find. Although I've ran a 2-3 for the last few seasons, I did not realize how much I was missing to make it more effective against overloads and big guys sliding on the free throw line.

Just the boiler plate basics explained simply, but in greater detail, helped my defense understand exactly why they were doing what they were doing and when to do it.

This has really made our team and tougher team to score on, which is a must if you are shy on good shooters. It made our defense better because it really works on pushing offensive opponents to one side, pinning them there and forcing teams into taking low percentage shots.

I have no doubt if you are new to the 2-3 or have been running it for years you will learn something from this.

Five Stars + and well worth my money.."

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5 Carlos Lopez from Pueblo , CO says:
10/12/2011 at 1:52:32 PM

I have purchased every zone defense book and video out there. Coach Al Marshall's video is the best I have seen. The past videos that I have purchased did not explain how to defend the short corner. Coach Marshall explains this in detail and shares different ways to make adjustments in the short corner. He also explains how to defend different quick hitters. I believe the only thing left out was defense transition into the Zone. Everything else was accomplished. You will not be disappointed!

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5 George Steyer from Medina, OH says:
10/18/2011 at 3:37:24 PM

I started coaching high school basketball in the early '70s and have used a wide variety of resources since then -books, articles,audio tapes, video tapes, DVD's, etc. Many times I was disappointed in the resource and felt it was a waste of my time and money. Coach Marshall's DVD does not disappoint you -it is everything the promo promises it will be! It is one of the best resources I have seen in my coaching career. Coach Al gives you everything you need in an easy to follow step-by-step format to incorporate the 2-3 zone with your team - philosophy, drills,slides, adjustments for different offenses, varations of the zone, etc.

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5 Coach Ramsey from Hugoton, KS says:
10/14/2016 at 12:28:46 PM

The coaching staff for the Hugoton Lady Eagles purchased this DVD back in the fall of 2012 and started using the 2-3 zone defense. The drills are exceptional in teaching the players how to move within the zone and once the players understood how it works the results have been unbelievable... 81 wins over the last 4 seasons against only 14 losses! Also won the Kansas 4A Div 2 state championship in the 2015 season and finished 3rd in 2016 season. GREAT DEFENSE!

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5 Allen says:
10/3/2011 at 12:46:34 PM

This is a great defensive system dvd. It covers more than you would need to put in the 2-3 zone. The video has grea detail in teaching and does not just gloss over the material leaving you wanting for more. The way shooters struggle in todays game and every kids wants to dribble the ball this defense stops that. Great product!!

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5 Van says:
10/3/2011 at 3:14:27 PM

This DVD package is very thorough and informative. Al does a nice job presenting the defense, how he breaks it down into positions, and drills, and adjustments he may make to a variety of offenses and plays. The DVD and ebook packaged together give you a very good idea of how Cascade runs their 2-3 Zone. It is not a clinic setting. Al uses his own players and the information he presents is easily understood and complete. A great addition to any library!

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5 Rocky Verbeck from Chewelah, WA says:
10/16/2011 at 5:08:20 PM

This dvd did a good job of showing drills to teach the 2-3 zone. The drills broke down the shifts and bumps. I liked the 1-1-3 set up as another twist. Well presented!

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4 Michael from Corydon, IN says:
4/22/2014 at 3:24:09 PM

I think this is one of better videos I have purchased over the years. Coach Marshall dud a very good job presenting common movements, rotations, slides, drills, and outlined how his teams played against certain offenses. The one knock, which would have made this the perfect DVD for me, would have been an explanation of how the defense rotates for rebounding purposes. Overall impressed!

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5 Terrance Rone from Granville, NSW says:
10/26/2011 at 4:38:22 AM

Great active zone defense.

As a coach that does not like playing zone, will definitely introduce this zone into my defensive schemes.

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5 Gary Mahe from Sheridan, OR says:
11/16/2011 at 5:22:05 PM

A great resource for teaching the 2/3 zone defense. Very complete with tips that are usable. A comprehensive look at the 2/3 zone and some variations that coaches will appreciate.

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4 tim from Erlangen, None says:
12/10/2011 at 3:39:03 AM

hi, who would you defend a situation with a player in the coerner, short corner, wing and highpost all ballside. the fifth offensive player is flex position weakside.
the offense starts with 4 out 1 in (highpost). the wing passes to the corner and cuts to the short corner.
the weakside flex player fills the wing spot ballside and the weakside cornerplayer fils the weakside flex spot.
greetings tim

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5 Johnny Griffith from Exeter, NH says:
12/10/2011 at 7:47:24 AM

This is a terrific DVD set. The teaching of the 2-3 itself is not that different from what you'll see in, say, Jim Boeheim's videos, etc. What really sets this DVD apart is the clarity of the teaching and, even more so, the breakdown drills that Al Marshall so clearly illustrates with his players. More than any other DVD I've ever seen, Al takes the time to break things down clearly and coherently and doesn't leave you wondering how he teaches his players the progressions or how he breaks the defense down into its composite parts.

I highly recommend this for any coach interested in installing and running a 2-3 zone.

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5 Coach H from Howard, OH says:
3/7/2012 at 2:39:11 PM

Love the Al Marshall's 2-3 Zone DVD. Outstanding! I love the drills and the examples. Very thorough. I can't wait to work with my team and incorporate this system. This is one of the best defensive DVDs I have seen.

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5 Doug from Clive, AB says:
3/10/2012 at 4:18:06 PM

I think Coach Marshall does a really good job of explaining and teaching the 2-3 zone. I found it was easy to take his system and put it into practice.

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5 Craig from Woodberry Forest, VA says:
6/19/2013 at 9:38:40 AM

Outstanding video. Coach Marshall has done a great job outlining and explaining the drills & concepts. I plan to use this defense this season and can't wait to install it! This is a must buy product!

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5 Stuart Schultz from Fredericksburg, TX says:
4/24/2014 at 7:20:51 PM

Al does a wonderful job explaining the defense. I can see why he is so successful with his eye for detail in explaining how the defense is supposed to work. It is the little things that Al does.
Great video!

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5 Mark Elers from Rotorua, None says:
4/27/2014 at 4:15:32 PM

Great DVDs, i am going to implement with my team, I like how they is always pressure on the offense and no easy baskets. Al does a good job of getting the information across and doesn't leave you guessing

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5 cobalt187 from Vienna, VA says:
4/30/2014 at 2:54:08 PM

To anyone looking to improve their 2-3 Zone defense I've found this to be an exciting find. Although I've ran a 2-3 for the last few seasons I did not realize how much I was missing to make it more effective against overloads and big guys sliding on the free throw line.

Just the boiler plate basics explained simply, but in greater detail, helped my defense understand exactly why they were doing what they were doing and when to do it.

This has really made our team and tougher team to score on, which is a must if you are shy on good shooters. It made our defense better because it really works on pushing offensive opponents to one side, pinning them there and forcing teams into taking low percentage shots.

I have no doubt if you are new to the 2-3 or have been running it for years you will learn something from this.

Five Stars + and well worth my money..

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5 Dave from Frostburg, MD says:
9/21/2014 at 9:15:49 AM

Excellent DVD Easy to understand 5 star

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5 William hugg from Dresher, PA says:
3/3/2015 at 6:13:30 PM

Good-however have found that many coaches instruct their players to spread the arms and hands on defense instead of hands straight up.Please comment.

Also the three point shot has changed the game.Would like to see comments on defending the 3 point shot in a game in a man to man situation.(besides the press 100 percent of the time).

Sincerely,Bill Hugg

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5 Craig from Maricopa, AZ says:
8/22/2015 at 11:12:06 PM

One of the best videos ever on 2-3 zone. Simple, reproducible each year and real relatable drills. It's the go to for high school 2-3.

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5 Danny from Elmwood PArk, NJ says:
2/6/2016 at 3:12:43 PM

I coach a 6th grade travel girls team in our second year. To keep us competitive, I use the teachings in these DVD's 15-20 minutes each practice. The results in games are unbelievable and I have received many complements from coaches, parents and refs on our defensive play. I have begun to teach man on man concepts to the team to help in there development ,but use the 2-3 as a fall back as we learn. I recommend most Breakthrough basketball DVD's but I highly recommend Coach Marshall's 2-3 defense.

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5 Coach R says:
8/12/2016 at 12:29:31 AM

Coach Marshall does an outstanding job is his presentation, his organization and progression of teaching his 2-3 zone defense. 1st rate, I highly recommend this DVD to rookie or veteran coaches from youth to pro.

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5 Coach P says:
10/14/2016 at 11:30:01 AM

Great DVD! I have always ran a 2-3 zone but after watching this and using the drills and tips my teams defense has improved greatly. Every coach should watch this DVD.

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4 morrie cook from Baron Heads, Vic says:
10/24/2016 at 12:16:55 AM

Content excellent - would have liked to see a little more on the correct defensive stance.

DVD are old technology these days. Delivery via computer/internet would be beneficial and would enable the information to be viewed on a tablet or lap top.

Unable to access the e book as lap top does not have a disc drive.

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3 Steve says:
10/24/2016 at 6:47:55 AM

Pretty basic info. I consider a video or clinic worth my time and effort if I can pick up 2 or 3 things to incorporate. I would say I got that out of this video. Would be real good for someone who has no knowledge of this defense.

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4 james cratin from havertown, PA says:
10/27/2016 at 4:28:14 AM

Helpful tips and drills to improve your teams overall defense.

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4 Tay from Cincinnati, OH says:
10/29/2016 at 11:40:09 PM

Great DVD. Very informative and exactly what I was looking for.
He gives you drills to implement, explains in great detail and gives you the adjustment you would need to make.

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5 Kent Smith from Walsenburg, CO says:
10/30/2016 at 12:05:49 PM

Excellent DVD - well organized and explain. The on the court demonstrations are very good.

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4 Kevin G. Caballero from Denham Springs, LA says:
11/1/2016 at 11:14:51 AM

Information on the disk is very good. However, often the video begins to break up and the disc must be stopped and restarted. I thought it could be the computer, may well be, but I am not having trouble with any other disk.

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5 Jerald Crowley from Morganton, NC says:
8/15/2017 at 6:12:30 AM

I purchased this DVD last year before the beginning of my season. I coach a girls team at a deaf school. Yes, you heard that right...DEAF school. Al Marshall really broke down the drills and the defense in an effective way. I was stunned how my girls with little or no basketball skill turned into a seasoned veterans and attacked their opponents like a rabid dog. We entered our annual tournament as the smallest team with only 6 girls and our tallest girl was only 5'9. We nearly knocked off teams twice our sizes. People couldn't stop praising my girls for their aggressiveness on defense. But I had a secret...it was All Marshall's defense!!

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5 Scott Raper from Oklahoman City, OK says:
10/8/2017 at 11:16:26 PM

Great job of teaching the zone. Coach does a good job of the daily breakdowns. Worth the money.

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2 Ernie says:
1/5/2018 at 10:31:34 AM

I did not really like the video. It just talks about the slides and drills he uses. I already use those. I was hoping for more ideas on trapping and the corresponding drills and coaching points he might use. Disappointed.

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5 Bruce Aulabaugh from MAYLANDS, WA, 6931, WA says:
1/11/2018 at 6:12:51 PM

Thanks Al Marsh and Breakthrough Basketball!
I'm giving 5 stars on the basis that the material that is included is top quality and the best 2-3 zone defense discussion and demonstration that I've seen in a single package.

Having said that, I also would have like to have seen the following included (in a second edition, perhaps?):
a) some short clips of game footage showing the zone in action against 'full, live, zone offenses featuring good perimeter shooters and some good post players'; and
b) some demonstration of the 221 press being used in defensive transition leading to the 2-3 half court zone play.
Thanks and regards
Bruce Aulabaugh

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5 MICHAEL MEEHAN from NORTHAMPTON, MA says:
8/18/2018 at 6:33:06 PM

AL MARSHALL SHOWS HOW TO RUN THE 2-3 ZONE DEFENSE VERY WELL IN THESE DVDS. AL MENTIONS THE KEY POINTS IN THESE DVDS BUT I WILL TALK ABOUT TWO THAT WEREN'T MISSED BY AL BUT ARE BY MOST TEAMS TODAY. THE FIRST IS THE NECESSITY OF THE HIGH HANDS! YOUNG PLAYERS FIGHT HIGH HANDS ALL THE TIME. I WAS GLAD TO SEE COACH MARSHALL HAS A FEW DRILLS FOR HIGH HANDS AND STRESSES THE POINT WITH HIS PLAYERS.
THE SECOND POINT THAT INTERESTED ME AND SHOULD INTEREST OTHER COACHES, IS HOW COACH MARSHALL PACKS THE GUARDS IN THE PAINT WHEN THE BALL GOES LOW.. MANY COACHES DON'T DO THIS AND THEN WONDER WHY THE OFFENSE IS GETTING SO MANY SHOTS FROM THE HIGH PAINT! I THINK COACH COULD HAVE EMPHASIZED IT A BIT MORE BUT IT IS OBVIOUS ON THE DVD FOOTAGE.
I ALSO LIKED COACH MARSHALL'S DRILLS FOR USE IN BOTH MAN AND ZONE DEFENSE.

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5 Craig Lundberg from Lovell, WY says:
2/22/2019 at 12:27:43 PM

Great videos!!! I love the breakdown of the slides. I also love the fact that Coach Marshall is using his own kids to show the defense. I have purchased a lot of instructional videos and this is by far one of the best that I have purchased. It is definitely worth the money. I would give it more stars if I could.

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4 Fred Priester from Fairfax, VA says:
9/17/2019 at 4:46:06 PM

Solid teaching video with good information about the 2-3 . Good emphases on stance and high hands and sprinting to coverage as well as help and recovery. Good coverage of how to handle specific zone attacks. I favor more ball pressure than was shown in order to limit the possibilities of skip passes.

I wonder how he would cover some things that we see often:

First: 5 - out ( all shooters) with weak side flashers to the high post and/or short corner;
Second: 5 out with wing through action on the pass to the corner and rotation on the perimeter

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