Switch Up Your Defense with a 3-2 Zone
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Written by: Chris Hungerford
Time to read 4 min
A zone defense can be exactly what a team needs to neutralize their opponent on the offensive end. Changing from a man-to-man defense to a zone means players focus on guarding a specific area of the court rather than a specific player.
The goal of a zone defense is to disrupt the offense and force them out of their game plan. Some teams may play a zone defense the entire game while others may implement it for a single possession to cause chaos on the defensive end.
In this article, we’re going to focus on the 3-2 Zone Defense and its strengths and weaknesses, who might use this zone, and go into more detail about rotations. When you’re done reading, you should have a better understanding of the 3-2 Zone Defense and if it’s a right fit for your team.
Any team can play a zone defense because it is flexible for all teams. A team with quick athletic players can play a zone defense just as easily as a slower less athletic team. The reason for this is that the success of a zone is built on reading rotations correctly, applying pressure, and rebounding missed shots, and less about player type.
The general starting positions for a 3-2 Zone are the point guard at the top of the zone, guards at the wings, and post players on the low blocks. One difference that can be seen in starting position is teams may choose to use a taller or longer player at the top of the zone to make it more difficult for the offense.
Within the 2-3 Zone there are basic rotations that should occur when the offense passes the ball. These rotations allow the defense to know what to do when these passes occur and who should be covering the ball and what everyone else should be doing.
Ball on the wing - when the the ball is passed to the wing whether it’s a direct pass or a skip pass
Ball in the corner - when the ball is passed to the corner whether it’s a direct pass or a skip pass
If you want to learn more about developing the 3-2 Zone to add to your Defense be sure to check out Don Casey's The 3-2 Sliding Zone DVD. It goes into incredible detail on the 3-2 Zone along with excellent demonstrations on how to defend the middle of your zone, dribble penetration, and much more.
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