Three Reasons NOT to Play Zone Defense
Tyler Coston

I clicked on this article because you used a pic of SU, a program I’m familiar with. And I agree w/ much of your reasoning. Zone D requires a certain type of player (like you said, long and athletic) for it to really work. But I think the best argument you give against Zone is the fact that it doesn’t translate at higher levels. Youth coaches wind up teaching kids a system that loses relevance and execution the older they get. And their development w/ offense suffers for it (which is why not many SU players go pro and succeed)

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