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Zoning defence- how to stop it

I played netball last night against a team that used zone defence. It worked very well for them, but I'm not sure how to try and stop them and get the ball through.

besides getting help from your other players to help block the block and you run around them, you are just going to have to use fast footwork, and lot of dodging and change of directions to get around them.

The biggsest thing is teams often panic when another puts it into play. They make silly errors and rather than it being excellent defence it is a rushed attack.

I have coached against it a few times. I usually get the players to man up on each of the zoners, then quickly move off. Often short, sharp leads and passes works to start getting it out of defence then look long. Get your GA to hang back mid goal third and if you have someone with a good long pass, get it out of the centre third (and most of the zoning players) by passing it over the top.

Like I said, often teams panic. Get your players to expect it and know what to do.

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