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Here’s Why Double Low Alignment is an Effective Zone Offense

Here’s Why Double Low Alignment is an Effective Zone Offense

Unlock scoring opportunities with double low alignment – placing both post players on the low block with a focus on screening and slipping. Hopefully by now, you’re aware that I’ve been writing about offensive concepts this off season, including zone offense tips and 1-4 sets to score. This post will dive into how to break down odd front zones

Rory Hamilton - Zone Offense

Zone Offense Philosophy + 8 Attacking Principles!

A comprehensive checklist on zone offense to go through before the coming season, including 8 principles of attacking zone defenses. At the time of writing, it is the end of July – meaning basketball season will be here before we know it. As all of us coaches know, summer is the perfect time for professional development. Every year I

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1-4 to Score: Disguise Offensive Sets Using 1-4 High Alignment

The 1-4 High alignment is one of the best ways to begin offense as it offers so many options, and works vs both man and zone defenses. Summer is almost over and coaches across the country are preparing for the start of the 19-20 basketball season.  Coaches use this time to analyze, modify, and adjust

March 15, 2018 - San Diego, CA, USA - SAN DIEGO, March 15, 2018 | Wichita State's Darral Willis Jr., center, Brett Barney, right, and Rauno Nurger share a laugh during Wichita State's practice for the NCAA tournament at the Viejas Arena in San Diego on Thursday. | Photo by Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/Mandatory Credit: HAYNE PALMOUR IV/SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE/ZUMA PRESS San Diego Union-Tribune Photo by Hayne Palmour IV copyright 2017 (Credit Image: © Hayne Palmour Iv/San Diego Union-Tribune via ZUMA Wire)

Pre-Practice: Setting the Tone for Success

The 15-20 minutes before official practice begins are crucial, and having a pre-practice routine can help set the tone for success. Designing and organizing a successful daily practice plan may be the most important quality of any successful coach. Practice plan design, time length, and practice goals may be differ for each coach, but I

March 25, 2018 - Omaha, NE U.S. - Kansas Jayhawks guard Devonte' Graham #4 in action during the Elite 8, Midwest Regional, NCAA men's basketball game between #2 Duke Blue Devils and #1 Kansas Jayhawks at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE..Attendance:17579.Kansas Won 85-81 OT.Jimmy Rash/Cal Sport Media(Credit Image: © Jimmy Rash/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Keys to Attacking a Match-up Zone: 8 Plays to Score

A Match-up Zone can cause problems for offenses finding ways to score. Here are 8 top sets to help beat it.  The 2018 NCAA basketball tournament has been one for the ages, giving college basketball fans monumental upsets and amazing come-from-behind victories. It also further illustrates that teams with unique and unorthodox styles of play

December 3rd, 2016: Winthrop Eagles center Duby Okeke (0) and Winthrop Eagles guard Xavier Cooks (12) box out Dayton Flyers forward Xeyrius Williams (20) during a free throw during NCAA basketball game action between the Winthrop Eagles and the Dayton Flyers at University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, OH. Photo by Adam Lacy/Cal Sport Media(Credit Image: © Adam Lacy/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Man-to-Man Defense – Competitive Team Rebounding

Competitive Team Rebounding is part 5 of a 5 part series on drills that can help any man-to-man defensive system. Read part 1, Man-to-Man Defense – 2 Essential Questions here  part 2 Man-to-Man Defense – Drills for On and Off Ball Defense here part 3 Man-to-Man Defense – Team Post Defense here and part 4 Man-to-Man Defense – Defending Screens. My

March 11, 2017 - New York, New York, U.S. - Creighton's guard Marcus Foster #0 takes a hard screen from Villanova's forward Darryl Reynolds #45 in the second half during the Big East Tournament Championship game at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Villanova Wildcats defeated Creighton Bluejays 74-60. Duncan Williams/CSM(Credit Image: © Duncan Williams/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Man-to-Man Defense – Defending Screens

Defending Screens is part 4 of a 5 part series on drills that can help any man-to-man defensive system. Read part 1, Man-to-Man Defense – 2 Essential Questions here  part 2 Man-to-Man Defense – Drills for On and Off Ball Defense here and part 3 Man-to-Man Defense – Team Post Defense here. In today’s post on man-to-man defense, we

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