Dare I ask why it's "retarded"?
But at 12 years old, it just promotes laziness and even in high school is rarely run properly (though I've never seen an Indy high school game to be fair). The fundamentals of man-to-man are just so much more useful to kids trying to learn to play proper basketball and I just think it is dumb for coaches to put winning above teaching.
Sure, maybe there aren't a lot of kids that age you'll be playing against who are "zone busters," so just packing into a 2-3 could be effective. So maybe you'll win some games. But it's likely the kids aren't really learning how to play real basketball. They're not actively learning "see ball man," hedging, rotate and recover, and all that stuff. And they're certainly not learning how to rebound.
I just think that, by and large, it's cheap and gimmicky for the most part. And it lets your lazy, offensively minded players rest and not be held accountable. Mentally, I don't like that. I think players should have the feeling that they have to stop someone.
This is completely accurate in my view. The programs I've been involved in have never played zones, or even allowed our youth coaches to try them, until the JV level at the earliest, and definitely not at the 11-12 age level, for all the reasons JayRedd says.
That isn't to say that you can't teach help defense, or you can't smartly lay off a particular player if you have a reason to do so, or full court trap at times, or whatever. But fundamental man to man defense should be played at this level, in my view.
11/12 yr olds? ok do this...get the ball to the best player...and let him go to work. If he gets doubled or tripled let him kick it to a wide open player. Then hope those kids can hit shots aswell!
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O'Brien has been fired! Yay! What took so long?
"A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, thatís teamwork."
Just got done with our first practice inside a gym with all of the other teams in my league there. After seeing the other teams practice I think this wrestler from Indy is doing a damn good job. My guys are light years ahead of the other teams. I am practicing 4 to 5 times a week for an hour a time. In that time we do fundamental drills run at least 20 sprints and learning to embrace the team. One man fails we all fail one man quits we all run. It is amazing how they are coming together and bonding. I really think kids these days love hard nose discipline. I am drilling it into there heads that they are not boys anymore but young men that are now a family and must give every once of energy to the team and they are loving it. Win or lose or draw we will be the most disciplined in shape team in the league. The other guys are trying to play unorganized street ball. I don't know what these guys think. But for some reason they think its just basketball its not serous. I got to give these kids my heart and soul and I plan on showing these other guys what Indiana basketball is all about. In 49 states it may be just a game but in Indiana its a way of life. I saw 4 teams practice and didn't see a kid run a single sprint. This is crazy.