Perimeter Basketball Defense
(The 4-1 Basketball Zone Defense)
The 4-1 Basketball Zone Defense was created to pressure the defense right when they are calling out their plays. At this point in time most Basketball teams will be calling out plays at the point and having an entry pass to the wing. by having a packed line along the free throw line extended you will be able to double team the opponents Point Guard while cutting off the initial pass to the wings. If the Basketball does make it to that wing player, he will be double teamed again. This is because how this defense is situated every player with the Basketball from the free throw line extended and above will be double teamed without leaving any players open.
2 Years of testing, yes thats correct! We have tested this defense with youth and adult teams across the following countries:
- South Africa
During the testing of the defense, the defense has taken all teams to the playoffs throughout and has helped a team in the USA win a State Championship and an under 18 team in Italy win a National Championship. Also many teams from U13-18 have won championships with this zone defense. (BTW Congrats to those teams… You know who you are)
The 4-1 Zone Defense was interesting, I prefer running a mix between Man to Man and a 2-3 zone defense. I coach a U18 Basketball team so they are at the level where when I say every 3 possessions 2-3 zone they are able to remember and run that zone. This year we tried the 4-1 because it seemed promising, we play against a lot of teams who run 4 out and 5 out offences and this defense looked good. We have now finished the season and I learned this was a great defense to run every 3-4 defensive stands. When we ran this defense and jumped the other team we were able to create many turnovers and because our fastest players were already out on the perimeter we were able to get going on a fast break very quickly.
Thank you Allen for this Defense
I have been a coach for 20 years and when I first heard of the 4-1 defense I though there was no chance of it working. I however gave it a chance in a preseason game against a team that was a perimeter team and our scouting report from the previous year showed they ran a 1-3-1 and 4 out Basketball offense. We ran this defense in the 3rd quarter after getting spanked by 20 in the first half. So in the 3rd and 4th quarter we ran the 4-1 defense, and we ended up winning that preseason game by 15. We ended up running this defense 50% of the time throughout the rest of the season and we did really well losing in the championship Gold Medal Game.
Thank you Allen
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