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How to Coach the Double-Post Zone Basketball Motion Offense Part 3 - Rules for perimeter players

Guide to coaching basketball: Double-post motion offense against a zone defense Any time penetration is made towards the baseline (either dribble or post-feed), all perimeter players rotate in a step-slide technique, opening-up toward the ball side baseline (see Fig. 11).
Guide to coaching basketball: Double-post motion offense against a zone defense Any time penetration is made towards the elbow (middle of the court), all perimeter players rotate in a step-slide technique rotating towards the weak side baseline (see Fig. 12).
Guide to coaching basketball: Double-post motion offense against a zone defense Any time penetration is made from the top of the key (dribble or pass), wing players step-slide to the corners or behind the penetrator's depending on the type of zone. On pass penetration, point player slides opposite the direction of the post player (see Fig. 13). Against an odd-guard front, the point guard always plays on the blind side of the defensive guard.
Do not pass back to the same side unless the point player dribbles or fakes across the mid-line of the court.

(option) Any time the ball is passed from the point to the wing, the passer screens away or exchanges with the opposite wing, depending on where the off-defensive guards plays.

The Step-slide technique is just like defensive footwork. the perimeter player continues along the 3-point arc until eye contact is made between the receiver and the passer. At this point, the receiver should plan (toe-up) the non-shooting foot, get the tail down and the hands up. Be beyond the 3-point line enough to not worry about stepping across the line with the shot.

Teaching Methods

Separate the post players and the perimeter players when introducing this offense. Let your post players learn to work together and read the defense.

The coach can work them through the different rules while he holds the ball out on the wing. The perimeter players learn their rules by going 3 on 2 against each other. The key will be spacing and moving. Often, players tend to stop and watch without moving.

When the basic rules are learned, create the following teaching progressions for this offense:

  1. Five on three with defense only on the posts - posts can only score.
  2. Five on three with defense only on the perimeter - perimeter can only score.
  3. Finally we get to five on five. The coach can dictate different situations such as:
    1. certain number of passes must be made.
    2. specify which player can only score (only the offense knows who the player is).
    3. no dribbles may be allowed.

In summary, the double-post motion is a great offense to use against a zone defense. It allows you the freedom to keep your post players near the basket and gives your perimeter players the ball where they are most effective. Your defense improves because this offense makes the defense work so much harder. Try mixing in some set plays within this offense and your zone offense is set.

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