The 2-3 zone defense is by far the most common zone in basketball and is more than likely the specific formation that will come to a coaches mind when they hear the term ‘zone’ relating to basketball. The 2-3 zone defense involves two players across the top of the zone near each high post; these players are referred to as the ‘guards’ (1 and 2), two players a step outside of each block; known as the ‘forwards’ (3 and 4), and a player in the middle of the key referred to as the ...
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2-3 (2-1-2) Zone Basketball Defense. Summary. This zone is similar to the 2-3 zone that Jim Boeheim uses at Syracuse. This is can be a very effective zone defense, because it still covers the 3-point arc as well as the inside game. Youth Coaches: Even though, you CAN win more games, AVOID playing any type of zone defense, because it can teach bad habits and hinder the long-term development of your players.
At the youth level, if your opponent has a few skilled guards, the zone defense can slow the pace of the game slightly helping limit the number of overall EASY shots taken in a game. If you have a bigger, slower team the zone defense allows you to put your “Bigs” around the basket while your “Smalls” stay out on the perimeter.
Young men are taught that the zone defense is gimmicky and is only effective at hiding bad players, saving good players from foul trouble and switching up the tempo of a game—meaning slowing it ...
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Zone defenders move their position on the floor in relationship to where the ball moves. Zone defense is often effective in stopping dribble penetration and one-on-one moves. On a personal note, I believe that all kids must develop their man-to-man defensive skills first.
This is particularly true at the high post and/or mid-line areas of some zones such as the 1-2-2 zone or the 2-3 zone. Therefore, it is important for zone defenders to limit or prevent opportunities for offensive players to receive the ball at the high post.
The Pack Line defense is the best defense for youth basketball. It doesn’t matter about the height of your team, how athletic they, or any other excuse that coaches find to run a different defense. The Pack Line will provide your players with all the benefits of running a traditional man-to-man defense but will be much easier to teach your players.