Zap the zone: With a simple sideway 3-3. (Lacrosse).
At the high school level, coaches are rarely able to implement anything as complex as multiple offenses. Their 19-20 game schedule leaves little room for extensive practice on anything fancy.
To counter the zone defense, coaches are forced to resort to a simple attack that incorporates the following concepts:
1. Forces two-on-one possibilities, preventing the possibility of a one-on-one match-up (locking off the crease-attackman, for example) within the zone.
2. Places each offensive player in a scoring position at or above the Goal Line Extended (GLE).
After considerable experimentation, our coaching staff settled on the Sideway 3-3 as the means best suited to zap the zone.
The Basic Set: As shown in Diag. 1, the offensive players form parallel (mirrored) positions at or above the OLE. Every player in the string is approximately 6 yards away from his nearest teammate. The middle players of the string take a position 3-4 yards wider apart than the top (3 and 6) and bottom (1 and 4) players of the string.
Play Sequence: Diag. 2 shows 3 passing to 2 as 5 steps into the open lane. 2 looks for 5 or 4, then passes to 1. The latter looks cross-crease to 5 as he cuts to the crease and is replaced by 4.
If no one is open 1 will pass back to 2, and 2 will pass to 3, and 3 will pass to 6, as the sequence will reverse itself down the other string.
Option (Diag. 3): The top players in the string (3 and 6) often have the opportunity to draw the zone into a double team by driving down the outside of the formation. This can be accomplished by either 3 passing to 6 or 3 carrying the ball to 6's position (6 must replace 3 with a dummy cut underneath 3's sweeping action).
As 6 drives, 5 will clear through into the center positioning for a pass from 6 and a quality shot.
Keys: Each player must:
1. Stay relatively tight to each other, maintaining original formation and not spreading out.
2. See the field and recognize the open man.
3. Be solid stick-handlers and keep the ball moving.
4. This simple zone approach has the added benefit of forcing most opposing teams to abandon the zone in favor of a man-to-man defense, allowing your squad to dictate the ebb and flow of the game.
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|Author:||Kenney, John M.|
|Publication:||Coach and Athletic Director|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2002|
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