Attacking Zone Defenses (Art and Science of Coaching) by John Kresse

By John Kresse

Step by step directions for constructing an offensive scheme to successfully care for quarter defenses.

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Same result. You get where you're going. Basketball teams also face changing conditions from game to game, occasionally from minute to minute. So why not change parts to achieve maximum performance? This is where your bench comes into play. Ideally, you'll have a minimum of eight effective players, if only to give starters an occasional breather or to fill in in the event of player injury. If for that purpose alone, you should develop three effective guards, three forwards, and two centers. This is one kind of depth.

Page 33 Up front, you'd like four forwards and two centers, two players for each of three positions. As a minimum, you'll need three players capable of playing forward and two capable of playing center. For example, your starting power forward could be your backup center. You may find yourself substituting a small, zone-busting forward for a center, with your other forwards sliding over to other positions. It's a bit of a chess game. The more pieces you have, the more likely you'll win. The player who can fill two positions effectively makes your job easier.

Page 35 Chapter 3 Planning Each Trip Downcourt You've evaluated your personnel. You've discovered, as I suggested in the previous chapter, that certain players are better suited to attacking man-to-man defenses, while others have what it takes to dissect zones. In short, you know what weapons are at your command. Now it's time to think about the other guy. What is your opponent trying to accomplish defensively and just how good a job is your opponent doing? Things The Coach Must Know In attacking zone defenses you need to know more than just what type of zone you're up against.

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