Book-of-the-Month: “The Basketball Coaches’ Complete Guide to the Multiple Match-Up Zone Defense”

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“The Basketball Coaches’ Complete Guide to THE   MULTIPLE  MATCHUP   ZONE   DEFENSE”

By Coach John Kimble


Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . Page 2

Preface and Introduction . . . . . . . . . . Page 6

Ch. 1: Advantages of the “The Multiple Matchup Zone Defense” . . . . . . . . . . Page 8

Ch. 2: Specific Defensive Alignments, General Placement and Terminology of Defensive Personnel . . . . . . . . Page 16

Ch. 3: General Terminology of “The Matchup Zone Defense” . . . . . . . . . . Page 19

Ch. 4: The General Terminology of Opponents’ Offensive Schemes. . . . . . . . . Page 27

Ch. 5: The General Positioning/Location and the Required Stances Used by Each Player in “The Multiple Matchup Zone Defense” . . . . . . . . . Page 30

Ch. 6: The General Slides Utilized in “The Multiple Matchup Zone Defense.” . . . . . . . Page 51

Ch. 7: The General ‘Boxout’ Responsibilities by Each Player in “The Multiple Matchup Zone Defense” . . . . Page 60

Ch. 8: The General Stunts of “The Multiple Matchup Zone Defense” . . . . . . . Page 71

Ch. 9: Variations of Defensive Alignments/Sets of “The Multiple Matchup Zone Defense. . . . . . . . . . 89

Ch. 10: Methods to Defend Specific Offensive Actions . . . . . . . . . . Page 90

Ch. 11: Evaluations of “The Multiple Matchup Zone Defense” . . . . . . . . . . Page 105

Ch. 12: The General Breakdown Drills Used to Improve “The Multiple Matchup Zone Defense” . . . . . Page 110

Ch. 13: Summary and Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . Page 125


The Multiple Matchup Zone Defense was developed with the help of many different successful basketball coaches, who coach at different age groups and levels of talent, ranging from junior varsity high school teams to elite college coaches who coach at the collegiate Division I Men’s Basketball level. All have helped me develop a foundation from which my own ideas, philosophies and concepts, techniques, drills, stunts, etc. were developed to incorporate all into The Multiple Matchup Zone Defense package. Several years ago, Arizona Coach Lute Olson developed an outstanding coaching video tape that introduced me to the idea of this matchup zone defense. That tape was instrumental in my initial education and the motivation to learn more and more about the defense. Without the initial education from this outstanding tape, I probably would have never started studying the matchup and this package of the Multiple Matchup Zone Defense would have never happened. Former UNLV Coach Jerry Tarkanian also had a coaching video that helped supplement my beginning knowledge. Former Slippery Rock Coach Bob Bartlett was the first coach that I actually ever heard speak about the matchup zone at a coaching clinic. We both had extreme interests in the matchup zone and became “matchup zone defense” colleagues, sharing thoughts and ideas about the matchup zone defense via the telephone for years. It was Coach Bartlett that introduced me to an outstanding book, titled Basketball’s Amoeba Defense-A Complete Multiple System, written by Former Pitt University Coach Fran Webster.

The Multiple Matchup Zone Defense” can be utilized as a defense that can be as basic and simple as any defense or as a sophisticated and multiple defensive scheme that could include a variety of different types of defensive stunts. These stunts can be utilized to either protect the overall defense or to probe the opposition for any hidden offensive weaknesses. Using defensive stunts can change an entire offensive team’s mind-set and attitude towards defense in general. Most teams take the attitude that the defenses must be reactionary to the opponents’ offense and that they must wait and react to defend the opposition’s attack. Many offenses dictate and force defenses to react to its actions. Utilizing defensive stunts can drastically eliminate that attitude and show a defensive team that they can dictate not only the tempo of the game, but what the offense must do. Using defensive stunts will allow the defensive team to become the “attackers and actors” and force the offense to become the “reactors.” This can give the defensive team a great amount of confidence, momentum, and become a huge morale boost that can spread to every other defense that is utilized. These defensive stunts can boost the defense, while putting the opposition’s offense “on its heels.” In addition, when stunts are used and specific types of offensive weaknesses are discovered, those weaknesses can then easily be attacked often and in a variety of different ways.









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