Zone Offense – Regular

Zone Offense – Regular

A look at a zone offense known as Regular.

This zone offense is simple for players and easy to implement. The main purpose of this offense is to overload one side of the zone by making good passes and attacking the zone once it shifts.


Regular Part 1 – Wing To Entry

Regular - Part 1 - Wing To Entry | Zone Offense - Regular

The initial set up is a 3 out 2 in formation.

1 picks a side and passes to one of the wing players.

For this example, 1 passes to 2.

When that happens, the strong side post player (which is 5 for this example) can cut out to the short corner or cut out to the three point corner.

Next, the weak side post will x-cut across the lane to either the high post elbow or establish position near the mid post depending on what they are comfortable with.

At this point, the left side of the floor is overloaded.


Regular Part 2 – Perimeter Ball Reversal

Regular - Part 2 - Perimeter Ball Reversal | Zone Offense - Regular

At this point, the left side of the floor is overloaded.

2 reverses the ball back to 1 who also reverses again to 3.

These ball reversals are made to shift the zone and create ball movement.

Next, as 3 receives the pass, 4 flashes across again and has the option to set up near the short or deep corner on ball side.

At the same time, 5 follows behind and has the option to set up near the mid post or high post on ball side.


Regular Part 3 – Main Option, Post Entry and Backdoor Cut

Regular - Part 3 - Main Option, Post Entry and Backdoor Cut | Zone Offense - Regular

From here, 3 makes a pass to 5 at the mid-post or high post.

Once 5 gets the ball, 4 immediately cuts to the basket behind the defense.

5 faces the basket and makes a quick pass to 4 for the layup.

Other possible options:

If 4 is a good shooter and the rightmost back defender falls asleep, 5 can kick the ball out to 4 who can shoot the open three pointer or short jumper.

If 5 is a good shooter and the opening is there, 5 can take the open jump shot at the mid-post or high post elbow.

If 5 is quick and can handle the ball, 5 can quickly drive the lane for a possible layup if there is an open gap.

If one of the zone defenders in the front of the zone attacks the ball, 5 can kick the ball out to one of the perimeter players who can take the shot.


Regular Part 4 – Secondary Option, Skip Pass

Regular - Part 4 - Secondary Option, Skip Pass | Zone Offense - Regular

If a skip pass is thrown, the two post players will simply stay in their lanes and flash across the floor to the other side.

For this example, a skip pass is thrown from 3 to 2.

When that happens, 5 cuts across the lane to the strong side mid post while 4 cuts across to the strong side short corner.


Regular – Part 5 – Secondary Option, Short Corner Entry and Dive

Regular - Part 5 - Secondary Option, Skip Pass | Zone Offense - Regular

This is another option that was not shown before.

Assuming 2 is not open for the shot after receiving the skip pass, 2 makes a pass to 4 at the short corner.

When 4 receives the ball, 5 immediately dives to the basket looking for the pass.

4 makes the pass to 5 for the layup.

Also, 3 can set a flare screen on the weak side zone defender at the front for 1.

1 can come off that screen and replace 3’s previous spot on the right side wing.

2 can make another skip pass to 1 who can take the open shot.


Regular is a good zone offense to use in order to shift the zone and create the best possible scoring option for the team.

This zone offense is taught by Coach Brenda Frese in Open Practice – Man to Man and Zone Offenses. A very brief summary can be read here.


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