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Home | Baseline vs. Zone

Baseline Inbounds Plays vs. Zone Defense

These out of bounds plays from the baseline work best when your opponent is defending the inbounds play with a zone defense. Along with the plays, teach your players to keep zone offense principles in mind when inbounding against a zone defense. Remind them to flash into the gaps looking to receive the basketball.

Double Quick 3
This out of bounds play is designed to generate a quick jump shot for a three-point attempt. Best against a man-to-man, it can also be run against a zone defense. With the objective being a quick 3-point attempt, this can also be a useful late-game baseline inbounds play when a 3-pointer is needed. . . . Keep Reading
Attack the Zone Short Corner Play
This out of bounds play to be run against a zone defense attacks the zone where they are most vulnerable, the short corner. There are a few scoring options as well as a reversal to attack both short corners. . . . Keep Reading
Box Reversal Return Play
Use this baseline inbounds play against a zone to get a 3-point shot or if the defense over-commits, an entry pass inside for a short jumper or layup. . . . Keep Reading
Line Pocket
The line play is often used when inbounding against zone defenses. This variation of the typical line play utilizes a couple of screens to create an open jump shot. . . . Keep Reading
Spin Off Around Play
This baseline out of bounds play is equally effective against both man-to-man and zone defenses. If it doesn't create an easy shot initially, the added 'around' option will. . . . Keep Reading
Baseline Clear
This baseline inbounds play can be run against either a man-to-man or zone defense, however, it will probably be most effective against a man-to-man because of the initial cut clearing out the space near the basket. . . . Keep Reading
Curl the Line Play
By: Jeff Osterman
This baseline out of bounds play is simple to install and can be run against both man-to-man or zone defense and is also a great last second play option. . . . Keep Reading
Read the 2-3 Inbound Options Play
The Read the 2-3 Inbound Options play is designed to be run against a team that defends the baseline inbounds play with a 2-3 zone defense. A smart passer and smart receiver will almost guarantee an open shot opportunity. . . . Keep Reading
T Set Options
This out of bounds play from a 'T' formation can be run against man or zone defenses and has a couple of options or counterattacks to utilize when the defense attempts to make adjustments. . . . Keep Reading
Triangle Screen the Screener
This baseline inbounds play starts in a triangle formation and utilizes a screen the screener action to create an open scoring opportunity. It can be run against either a man-to-man or zone defense. . . . Keep Reading
'Spread' is a simple zone out-of-bounds play that looks to get an easy post-up opportunity or an open shot from behind the zone. . . . Keep Reading
The Shrink baseline out of bounds play is designed to force the zone defense to 'shrink' into the lane thereby opening up an outside shooter. . . . Keep Reading
High Stack
This baseline out-of-bounds play versus a zone defense is set at the free throw line area in order to spread the defense out, which creates open passing lanes. . . . Keep Reading
Offset Line
The 'offset line' baseline out of bounds play can be utilized against either a man or zone defense. . . . Keep Reading
Box Zone Lob
A zone baseline out-of-bounds play designed to get a lob out of the box set. . . . Keep Reading
Quick Reverse
This baseline out of bounds play works great against zone defenses. After the initial pass inbounds, the ball is quickly reversed around the court for an open shot before the zone can shift and recover. . . . Keep Reading
Box - Strong Side / Weak Side Options
This baseline out of bounds can be run against either man or zone defenses. It is really simple to implement and simple to execute. . . . Keep Reading
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