The 4-1 zone defense is a special type of zone that is setup with four defenders across the high post and wing areas with one additional defender that protects the basket. The main objective of the 4-1 zone defense is to influence the offense to pass the basketball to the corners where the defense is able to set traps and create turnovers.
The 5 main man-to-man defense rules: 1. No middle penetration. 2. No ball reversals. 3. No help one pass away. 4. No face cuts. 5. Move when the ball moves. The man-to-man defense is one of the best defenses you can run with your team no matter what level you’re coaching.
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In basketball, there are two types of defensive alignments: man-to-man defense and zone defense. To determine which alignment to use, coaches must evaluate their team's specific situation because their roster configuration may favor one defense over the other.
If your main man-to-man offense is a 4-out, 1-in motion offense, you may find these 4-out zone offenses helpful in attacking zone defenses. You can stay in your 4-out set, but run it a little differently against zones. A 4-out zone offense would also be helpful if you have a shortage of post players (foul trouble, injury, etc). Several 4-out zone plays are included. 41 Patterned Zone Offense This 4-out set zone offense has a pattern and continuity.
Zone Defense Concepts and Tips. In a zone defense players are responsible for guarding an area (zone) of the court. This is an alternative to man to man defense where players are responsible for guarding a specific player on the opposing team. Good zones can limit the numbers of fouls you commit.
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41 to Man-to-Man Starting in the 4-1 setup, we go to man-to-man defense on the first pass (diagram 15). On the flight of the ball, everyone matches up man-to-man. You can adjust your initial spots in the 4-1 set so that you get the right match-ups, and avoid any mis-matches. Then just run your usual man-to-man defense and rules (diagram 16). Additional comments
Match-up zone is a combination defense, combining elements of man-to-man defense (on ball), and zone defense (away from the ball). It's a zone defense that acts a lot like a good man-to-man defense. The on-ball defender closes-out and plays tight like in man-to-man. The zone away from the ball resembles man-to-man "helpside" defense.
We typically start by teaching man and 2-3 zone. By 8th grade they're typically comfortable running a 1-2-1-1 or 2-2-1 full court zone press, 1-3-1 half court zone, 2-3 zone, and man defense. In my opinion, for a zone defense to be effective, man-to-man principles are still going to be taught.