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3-2 Zone Defense

The 3-2 defense provides tremendous pressure on wing entry passes from the top of the key along with great coverage against perimeter shooters. This defense can be disguised initially as a straight man-to-man by extending the point-defender into the backcourt. The high-post and center of the defense are vulnerable in this type of setup, so this defense is best applied to ...

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1-1-3 Pressure Zone Defense

The 1-1-3 zone defense provides ball pressure on the point guard, coverage of the high post, and the familiarity of having three players protecting across the back of the zone. In this defense one defender applies ball pressure to the opposing team’s ball-handler, the second guard covers the high-post area, and three defenders cover the paint and two baseline-to-wing areas. This defense ...

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1-3-1 Half-Court Zone Trap

The 1-3-1 zone defense provides strong coverage to the high post and wing area while putting great pressure at the point of attack. Teams often incorporate a half-court trap out of this zone creating a look that has two players trapping the ball, two players in the passing lanes preventing ball reversal and a pass down the sideline, and one player ...

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1-2-2 Half-Court Zone Defense & 1-2-2 Half-Court Trap

The 1-2-2 half-court zone defense provides strong on-the-ball pressure at the top of the key and great coverage against perimeter shooters, while keeping the rules for the point guard and two low post players very simple. This defense can be disguised initially as a straight man-to-man by extending the point-defender into the backcourt.  The high-post and center of the defense are ...

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2-3 Zone Defense With Corner & Wing Trap Rules

The 2-3 Zone Defense has existed since the game’s origins. Zone defenses assign each player defensive responsibility for a certain area or zone, rather than an individual offensive player. The most commonly used zone defense is the 2-3 zone. In this defense, two defenders guard the top areas of key and three-point area, while three defenders cover the paint and two ...