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Chris Mooney: Match-Up Zone Defense

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Chris Mooney: Match-Up Zone Defense

Chris Mooney: Match-Up Zone Defense
  • Get the 2v2, 3v3, 4v4, and 5v5 build up drills that teach the movements and principles of the match-up zone
  • Learn the responsibilities and principles of each player's position within the zone
  • Use man-to-man defensive principles when teaching and implementing the match-up zone defense
  • Discover easy-to-install defensive concepts that you can use to build the match-up zone within your defensive system

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with Chris Mooney, University of Richmond Head Coach; 150+ career wins, 2x NCAA Tournament Appearance (2010, 2011), Sweet 16 (2011), school record 29 wins at Richmond (2011), 3x 20 game winner

With any defense, getting the best possible match-up is always ideal. Chris Mooney of the Richmond Spiders takes the time in this on court instructional DVD to show how he is consistently able to put his guys in the best defensive spot for their skill set. Coach Mooney teaches you a basic understanding of how to install a match-up zone along with how to keep you man-to-man principles so that your players can make an easy transition into the match-up zone.

Coach Mooney shows you the responsibilities that each player on the court needs to follow to be successful in the match-up zone. He teaches you how to build the match-up zone from the inside out by baiting teams to throw the ball into the post for easy steals. He emphasizes how to be physical and keep the ball out of the post where most teams will try to go to beat your match-up zone. You will learn how to create an illusion that there are no dribble penetration angles so that you opponents must settle for outside jump shots.

As Coach Mooney guides you through the basics of the Richmond Match-Up zone defense, he uses on court demonstrators to go through 2v2, 3v3, 4v4, and 5v5 buildup drills. Particular emphasis is put on defending transition offense, because teams will attempt to attack the zone early.The breakdown drills he then demonstrates are:

  • 3v3: Switching cutters
  • 4v4: How to defend the low post
  • 4v4: How to defend down screens
  • 5v5: Defending "pass-and-cut" transition
  • 5v5: Defending "roll and come high" transition
  • 5v5: Defending "same side corner cut" (bumping the cutter)
  • 5v5: Defending "motion offense"
Each of the drills detail how to move when the pass is reversed around the perimeter or skipped over the top as your opponents try to create scoring opportunities on the backside of the zone. Your players will benefit from the easy to understand man-to-man concepts you can incorporate to teach the match-up zone. Your opponents will be second guessing with what offense they should be running as you bait them into contested jump shots and bad passes into the post.

To complete the match-up zone defense, Coach Mooney guides you through three popular transition sets and how to defend their actions. Mooney demonstrates how to switch off of cutters/screens, pass and cut actions, and high pick and roll scoring options. He teaches you how to keep you post players inside and perimeter players on the outside to frustrate your opponents as they try to create mismatches off of screening action within the zone defense.

Even if you believe that man-to-man defense is the way to go, you must look at this video. The Match up zone has so many man-to-man principles that it can easily translate and your players will still be able to use all of the techniques that they have been taught through the years.

Keep your best players in the best defensive spots on the court to assure them success with this dominant defense. If you are a high school coach that is looking to add another defensive scheme to your bag of tricks, then the Richmond Match-Up Zone defense is a perfect fit for you.

Produced at the Fall 2012 Wilmington (NC) clinic.

73 minutes. 2013.

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