A Match-Up Zone is a defensive strategy in which the defense starts in a zone formation, but plays the offensive players man to man when they enter the defensive player’s area. There is no one in the defensive player’s area then he usually stays true to his one.
Former Temple University Coach John Chaney was well known for his match-up zone defense. It is said that offenses had a hard time telling what his match-up zone defense was because they disguised it and conformed it to the offensive formation of the opposing team.
I have watched tons of NBA Basketball teams and believed that this match-up zone is the ultimate match-up zone defense. I believe that is the case because it deals with every scenario when it comes to a ball screen and all the different pick and rolls.
This match-up zone defense will help develop your player’s communication, stop great scorers, great scoring teams, employ man defense principles, and be difficult to scout. It can be used with big and small teams.
This NBA Match-up Zone can be utilized on the College and High School levels with ease. You will have the ability to confuse your opponents with a new wrinkle in the late half of the basketball season and especially for the play-offs.
You will understand how to “match-up” and cause confusion for the zone offense. It will disrupt their offensive flow.
I hope that you enjoy this “Ultimate” Match-up Zone Defense Playbook and that it produces wins for you in the play-offs.
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Men's Basketball Coach Scott Peterman has coached at the NCAA Division 2 (Southwestern Oklahoma State University), NAIA (USAO), and JUCO Levels (Blinn College and Carl Albert State College) as well as high school. Coach Peterman just felt that fellow coaches, especially young coaches, need to constantly work on their “game,” just like the basketball players that we coach. We as coaches need to improve ourselves.
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