We use two zone offenses, called "zone 1" and "zone 2". These are designed to be used against a zone with a two-guard defensive front ("zone 1"), and a zone with a one-guard defensive front ("zone 2"). General pointers in attacking any zone defense. 1. Beat the defense up the floor. If it is your team's offensive style, fast-break and push the ball up the floor as quickly as possible, before the defense can get set. 2.
Zone Plays Against 2-3 Zones, 3-2 Zones, and 1-3-1 Zones Double - Great zone play that can be executed against a 2-3 zone, a 3-2 zone, and even a 1-3-1 zone defense. Overload - Very simple zone play that is effective against all zone defenses. Overload 2 - This is a variation of the Overload zone play to help you get more easy buckets.
Press Break Offense. The Press Break Offense is used to break a full court or half court press. The press break offense can be 1,2,3, or 4 players up trying to receive the ball inbounds. No matter how you start a press break it should always have good spacing to break the press. Any press break should end up (in relation to where the ball is)
Zone offense are predicated on ball movement, good spacing, overloaded sets, and good cuts. Using these basic offensive ideas effectively and all together will allow for the offense to succeed against any type of zone defense that they may face.
The worst thing you can do against a zone is hold the basketball and allow the defense to fully recover and establish their ideal positions. In order to beat a zone, you must keep the defenders moving and scrambling to recover.
Strategy #2 - Attack from Behind the Zone. One of the best ways to attack from behind the zone it to always have at least one player in the short corner area. You'll find that on almost every ball reversal the player in the short corner will be open. Then the wing can pass down to the open player in the short corner.
The point (1) starts the offense by getting the basketball to either (2) or (3) on the wings. This will require them to dribble to either side to create the angle for a pass. Once the basketball is on the low wing, (5) steps towards the basketball into the mid-post area just outside the key and (4) moves to the short corner.
An effective method is to swing the ball to one side and then, as the zone shifts, back-screen the weakside of the zone. With any of these plays, if the play breaks down, O1 should recognize this and resume your usual zone offense. Also, an important part of any zone offense or zone play is offensive rebounding. Get those second and third shots!