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.
This zone basketball play is going to have a baseline runner and a player flashing in the zone, hopefully this will open up a quality shot.
This Michigan 2-3 zone ball screen play is not one of the most advanced basketball plays out there, but it works well when executed the right way.
This 2-3 zone backside lob play is a great way to take advantage of a zone defense that has a tendency to ball watch.
This 2-3 zone play is going to end up with a quality shot for a shooter in the corner, if run the correct way.
This is a pretty basic basketball play, but it shows that a zone ball screen offense can be very effective against a 2-3 defense.
This zone ball screen play is designed to put the top two defenders in situation where they have to give up a driving angle or a shot.
This 2-3 zone motion offense is going to keep the two post players on the blocks and free throw line, and then let the wings cut through the zone.
This 2-3 zone screens play is going to treat the zone almost like it is a man to man defense and run a screening and cutting offense.
This baseline double screen play is going to be used against a 3-2 defense and is designed to create an overload advantage for the offense.
This post flash play is designed to be used against a 2-3 zone and will help make sure that the ball goes inside out before a shot or finish.
This 2-3 zone motion offense is going to keep the ball moving and player movement by having a player continuously run the baseline.
This motion offense is going to be run against a 2-3 zone and is going to promote good player and ball movement.
This 3 pointer play is going to be used against a 2-3 zone. It will help get a quality shot rather than passing the ball around until a bad shot is taken.
This zone motion offense is great because it has specific cuts and movements built into the offense to help the players out on where they should be cutting or spacing too.
This ball screen play is going to be used against a 2-3 zone from a baseline out of bounds dead ball situation.
This lob play is going to be used against a 2-3 zone and is designed to score right off of the inbound pass.
This 2-3 zone lob play is great play to run because it has two different options. The first option is the lob man, but there is also a shooter as well.
This zone overload play is going to look for a shooter in the overload, but if nothing is there it will hit a lob on the backside of the zone.
This baseline runner play is going to be run against a 2-3 zone and is also going to involve a ball screen at the top of the zone.
This zone ball screen basketball play is going to be run almost like a man play with a single double screen action going on as well.
This ball screen play is going to be run against a 2-3 zone and it is also going to incorporate a cross screen action as well.
This ball screen play is going to involve two screens for the ball handler to choose from to attack the zone.
This zone motion offense is going to be used against a 2-3 zone and is going to promote player and ball movement through the zone.
This zone ball screen play is going to take advantage of the top two defenders in the zone by using a ball screen and trying to overload them.
This zone motion offense is going to help promote ball movement, player movement, and open up gaps to drive and kick.
This Wallace State ball screen baseline runner play uses a ball screen against one of the top defenders, and then sends a runner on along the baseline.
A lob play against a zone is all about selling a diversion action, timing, and then making a good pass.
This zone baseline screen play to use against a 2-3 zone to get one of your better shooters a 3 point shot.
This zone basketball motion offense is going to allow you to keep continual movement through the zone and the best way to beat a zone is ball/player movement