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Offensive Basketball Plays: ZONE OFFENSE


The following offensive basketball plays all utilize a Zone Offense, a versatile formation very difficult to defend.

 

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There are a few plays on this page, so please scroll down to read all the way through. Each play is accompanied with pictures and descriptions.

In the diagrams, the dotted line shows the direction the ball travels, while solid lines represent movement of the players... 



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Offensive Basketball Play #1: PLAY #2

 


1
#1 brings the ball over half court to start the play in motion. Once #1 has dribble over the half court mark #4 sets a pick for #3 to break out to the wing and #5 flashes to the free throw line for the pass. The first option should be #5.


2
If #5 is not open for the pass then #1 will pass to #3. When the pass goes to #3, #2 will set a pick for #1 for the break to the basket.

 

#4 is posting hard at the block for a possible pass and #5 is the security blanket for the entire play. If #3 gets stuck and doesn't have anyone to pass it to he can always go to #5 and the play continues the exact same way.

 

The option to #4 is always there depending on his willingness to "duck in" or half flash to the ball.



3
Depending on who has the ball. The pass to the cutter can come from the #3 position or the #5 position. It doesn't matter because the play will continue from either pass. The option for #4 is always there... it depends on her willingness to "duck in" or half flash to the ball.


4
If #1 doesn't receive the ball on the cut she will continue to the baseline. Let's say that #3 had the ball but couldn't make that pass to #1 on the cut. #3 will pass the ball to #1 at the baseline for a shot.

 

#1 has the option to shoot the ball or pass to #4 at the block. #5 will always flash down a bit for a consideration pass in the paint. What if neither option is open?



5
#1 didn't have a shot and couldn't pass to #4 at the block. She swings the ball back to #3. #5 pops out to the 3 point range to swing the ball and passes to #2 on the cut to the basket.


6
#2 and #1 are cutting at the same time in different directions.


7
The pass could come from #5 to #2 or #1. The option to #4 is always available. And #5 has the option to shoot.

 






 

Offensive Basketball Play #2: CORNERS

 


1
This play is designed to give a you variety of options and can be used against any 2-1-2 or 2-3 zone.

 

-The players are spaced out along the perimeter which will prove to be important.


2
This play has two sides to it.The point gaurd can call this play and say "left" or "right" to run it on either side. In this example, we are running it on the right (your left).

 

-2 and 4 screen the nearest defender.2 screens a high defender, 4 screens the low post defender. 4 should look to post up the defender if he is open.

 

-Make sure to set good screens because this is possibly the most important part of the play.



3
-2 and 4 complete their screen.

 

-2 should try to screen the defender with good position so he can't stop the point guard.


4
The point guard dribbles around the first pick and conitnues until stopped by the defense.


5
-The defense shifts over and stops the point guard. At this point 4 will be open.


6
The point guard has a few options here.

 

-An entry pass into number four for an open layup or short jumper. -Look for 3 and pass to him for a mid range jumper. -2 will be wide open if the defender he screened tries to stop the point guard. -The point guard is in good position for a jumpshot.

 

The main option is the entry pass to 4. The next sequence shows this option.



7
4 can dribble into the key and shoot an easy layup.

 

-If 4 gets too far under, power out and then shoot.

 

-Look to draw the foul. Use pump fakes.


8
All five players on offense should be able to get into a good area for the rebound or at least step in some.

 

Important tips: -Coaches should teach all options of this play to their players. -Emphasize good screens. -Players will learn to roll off their screens.





 

Offensive Basketball Play #3: DOUBLE STACK LOW

 


1
This is a simple zone play intended to get a jump shot from the weak side.

 

The play starts off with Player 1 (This should be your best jump shooter) bringing the ball to the middle.


2
Player's 2 & 3 pop out to the wings to receive the ball



3
Player 1 passes the ball to Player 2. Once the two low post players sees where the ball is being passed to, the Player on the same side of the court where the ball is passed (Player 4) goes to the opposite low post and sets a double screen.


4
Player 1 cuts to the basket, looking for a pass from Player 2. If the pass isn't available the play continues.

 

Player 3 moves to the top of the key at the same time Player 2 is cutting to basket.



5
Player 1 goes behind the double screen set by Players 4 & 5.

 

The ball is passed back to the top of the key to Player 3.


6
Player 3 passes the ball to Player 1 for the jump shot. Player 2 drops down to help rebound.




 


Offensive Basketball Play #4: TEMPO

 


1
This play should be used against a 1-3-1 half court defense which your opponent may use to try to change the tempo of the game.This is an excellent counter and will give you a quick basket.


2
3 sprints over to the opposite side of the floor near the baseline.


3
2, 5, and 4 screen the nearby defender.

 

-5 and 4 should do v-cuts before the screen so the defender doesn't see it coming.

 

-If you are 4, watch 3 in the key.


4
As you can see 3 is open for the lob.

 



5
If you are 3, jump to the ball if nessecary.


6
3 dribbles in until picked up by the defending #5.



7
4 should spin off his defender and be open for the entry pass.


8
4 lays it in.


9
3, 4, and 5 are in decent position for the rebound. 4 should try to step out of the paint momentarily to get a fresh 3 seconds.

 







 

Offensive Basketball Play #5: UCLA-TOBY

 


1
To start the set 1 passes to 2 or 3, who have made a V-cut.


2
Ball-side post (4) comes up and weak-side post cuts through to the ball. 3 cuts through to ball-side corner.


3
2 has three passing options.


4
After passing 2 cuts through. If 3 receives the ball, he should look for an open shot.


5
If nobody gets open 3 passes the ball back to 1. 1 swings the ball to the other side to 2.


6
4 and 5 are cutting to ball-side as shown 3 cuts to ball-side, too.


7
Same SET like before on the other side with 3 passing options (continuum).

 








 

Offensive Basketball Play #6: ZONE A

 


1
4 is at the high post.

 

1 passes to the weak side ( the side with no center).


2
The high post (4) cuts to the ball and then to the basket. If 4 is free he will receive the ball.

 

3 cuts behind 4 to the free throw line.

If 3 is free then 2 can also pass the ball to him/her



3
If the ball is not passed: 4 sets a screen for 5. 5 flashes towards the ball and if free gets the ball.

 

If none of the cutters is free the ball goes back to the guard.


4
The guard dribbles towards the wing. At the same time 5 gets another block from 4 and cuts free at the baseline.


5
5 can shoot directly from the pass, or can play a 2-man-game with 4 at the baseline.

 

As an alternative another pass at the back of the zone is possible after 3 has blocked for 2.


6
5 shoots and 4,2 and 3 all go for the rebound. 1 is the safety.



 

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