There are all kinds of different zones that basketball defenses can use, and as a basketball coach it is important that you prepare for the ones that you think the other team might run against your team. It is important to have good zone basketball plays that you can use to get some easy baskets against the zone. All of these zone basketball plays come with video breaking down the play, and then written text explaining what you should be looking for when you run the play.
There are two different types of zone offense that your team can run. There are zone sets and motion zone offenses. Both are good to have in your playbook because you will need them to keep the defense on their heels and off balance.
A good motion offense can usually transfer from one similar zone (2-3/3-2) to another pretty easily because it is all about just moving the ball and cutting. The key to a good motion zone is teaching your players what to look for in the play. It is all about being able to read the defense and then take what they are giving, but if your players don’t know what to look for when they run the offense it will not work very well.
Also when running motion offense it is important to have good spacing, and quick ball reversals. If you have a player that catches and holds the basketball every time they touch it, the offense is not going to work very well. You must get the defense to shift and then attack them when they are out of position.
Zone sets are designed to get a specific shot by overloading a particular spot in the zone, or by using some kind of misdirection. There are different set plays to get a 3 point shot, lob, post up, etc. When running zone set plays it is important that the timing is right on. If the shooter pops open in the corner for a shot, but the ball is still being swung around the top of the key then it is going to be too late and the defense will recover in time. Make sure that your players are not catching and holding the ball, but that they are keeping it moving.
Look through our list of free zone basketball plays for all the different zones and make sure that your team is prepared for whatever comes their way in a game. Once you have finished creating your playbook checkout all of our basketball training videos and help take your players skill development to the next level.