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Healey, William Albert||Black, Darrel

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Physical Education




Every basketball coach is faced with the problem of preparing his team to perform against the zone defense in basketball. The question of how to attack the zone is frequently discussed and debated at coaching clinics and schools. A survey of library literature was undertaken to see what was written by other coaches concerning the problem of preparing a team to encounter the zone defense. In most of the material, the central theme was a display of successful patterns and their description of operation. In no periodical article, book, or chapter of a book was primary consideration given to the presentation of the principles incorporated into a successful zone offense, or of the individual action principles taught to the players in the team preparation against the zone defense in basketball. It is the object of this report to identify those principles which are the basic building blocks of zone offensive patterns, and the individual action principles employed try the players within the framework of the zone offenses. The library technique is being used as the basis of this study. The literature written by prominent coaches in the field of basketball is being surveyed and the principles are being identified which are useful criteria for a successful zone offense. The survey is being restricted to library literature between the years 1950 and 1962 in order that the source material will be readily available to the coaches. After the principles are identified, they are classified into fundamental groupings and then interpreted. The groups into which the principles are classified are; player positioning, defense, rebounding, dribbling, shooting, player movement, passing, aids to offensive formation, and game strategy. The main purpose of this study is to help inexperienced coaches prepare their team offense and their players by a proper application of the findings. The conclusion is that there are definite principles which have been classified, and that when these principles are utilized by the coaches and the players, the team is capable of giving a good game performance against the zone defense. While these principles do not guarantee victory, they represent the groundwork in formulating a strong zone offense and in teaching the players how to cope with the zone defense.


Includes bibliographical references.


vii, 59 pages




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