Tradition tells us to attack an odd fronted zone with an even fronted offense. In that case, to attack a 1-3-1 zone defense, you should use a two-guard offense to split that top defender.

But, what if you attacked odd with odd? What if you attacked that 1-3-1 with a 5 OUT formation?

In the first part of the video below, Uie Garcia has his team use the Read & React Zone Attack against a 1-3-1. The first series begins with a 5 OUT formation, then he switches to a more standard 4 OUT attack. Each seems to work equally well.

The point is this: don’t let the formation of the defense necessarily force you into an offensive formation that you don’t like. It is possible to attack a 1-3-1 effectively in 5 OUT.

This video is an excerpt from Read & React Clinics: Planning the R&R Practice. It’s a 5 DVD set designed to walk you through the finer points of designing and implementing an efficient Read & React practice.

Rick Torbett takes it a step further, adding the Pin & Skip. You must make help-side defense pay for cheating closer and closer to the ball. The easiest way to do this is to Pin a deep defender and Skip the pass over her head.

Do this a couple of times in a possession and even the most disciplined defensive teams will lose their spacing and wind up vulnerable. And, if nothing else, it will keep the help-side honest, opening up space in the lane.

Now, the best teams can generate Pins & Skips organically, but if your team needs a temporary crutch, try this one: any Dribble At against a zone creates a Pin & Skip for the player who was Dribbled At. So, if the guard Dribbles At the wing, the wing cuts (that’s basic layer 3 action) and receives the Skip pass on the other side of the court.

5 Responses

  1. We ran a lot of 1-3-1 when I was high school and if you make that baseline guy run, you got plenty of good looks. Unfortunately, i was th baseline guy and got caught trying to sprint from one corner to the other..

    Great article and video

  2. This looks good on video however what is the best combination of layers 1-4 for an R&R against an agressive trapping 1-3-1. My kids are not able to pin & skip yet nor are they strong enough yet. The girls in the video are not trapping, so I would be anxious to hear the best set up. 4-1 with high post, feed post laker, etc.

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