Coaching Basketball : The Zone Offense

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Coaching Basketball : The Zone Offense

Jim Yarbrough

Jim Yarbrough, head men's basketball coach at Southeastern Louisiana University, began his coaching career at the high school level. Advancing quickly, Coach Yarbrough has been twice named National Association of Basketball Coaches South Region Coach of the Year. In this basketball video series, Coach discusses the Zone Offense. Both practical coaching advice and detailed play sets make this a "must see" series.

Coaching Basketball: The Zone Offense Part One

Coach Yarbrough begins this basketball offensive strategy series with advice for coaches as they introduce their players to the Zone Offense. This is Princeton-style Zone Offense: wide action and narrow vision.

Coaching Basketball: The Zone Offense Part Two

Coaching the Zone Offense in basketball begins with emphasizing the fundamentals. Coach discusses the types of passive effective in the Zone and ways to organize practice to hit the fundamentals of passing, shooting, and dribbling.

Coaching Basketball: The Zone Offense Part Three

Continuing his overview of coaching the Zone Offense, Coach Yarbrough hits on attacking with hustle, recognizing, and timing. Then, Coach goes over the terminology associated with the Zone Offense.

Coaching Basketball: The Zone Offense Part Four

Part of the "Red Series", this "Slash and Flash" play set begins with "Slash" and the illusion of a hand-off. It's a flexible basketball play, played to the right or left. Illusion, timing, and cutters make the play.

Coaching Basketball: The Zone Offense Part Five

Continuing with "Flash", Coach shows how the play can create a three on two situation. The key is an accurate Point Guard read. The beauty is the flexibility.

Coaching Basketball: The Zone Offense Part Six

This is the "Flash" play and it's for the Four Man. After receiving the pass from three, Four finds the middle for a 10 to 12 foot shot. This is a good play against the Match-up Zone.

Coaching Basketball: The Zone Offense Part Seven

The Patience Pay-off. It comes in getting the timing down with the "Flash and Slash." Coach draws out the options and emphasizes the flexibility of this play set in this basketball video.

Coaching Basketball: The Zone Offense Part Eight

Coach is having fun with options as he continues with the "Slash and Flash" play set. Then he moves on to the "BC". This is a play with continuity .... and some side-switching, screen-setting surprises.

Coaching Basketball: The Zone Offense Part Nine

Continuing with the "BC," Coach shows how to get the Three Man wide open by stretching the defense. Then it's Bang! Bang! Punch Pass inside! There are options, of course, and Coach covers those too!

Coaching Basketball: The Zone Offense Part Ten

So what happens with the "BC" if the "right" man doesn't get the basketball? No problem! Five screens (a lot!) and Three and Four hustle! The options keep going..and going...and going.

Coaching Basketball: The Zone Offense Part Eleven

This first play is the "Slash Plus." Instead of flashing, Three screens. (Thanks, Bill Self!) The second play of this segment attacks the high Post.

Coaching Basketball: The Zone Offense Part Twelve

Coach continues the high Post attack in this video segment. Lots of triangles and lots of options....but tons of continuity!

Coaching Basketball: The Zone Offense Part Thirteen

And the play goes on....because you get to choose whether to dive or cut - based on your team's strengths. And just when you thought you had no more options...Coach gives you a couple. What an awesome play set!