Basketball-Instruction Lessons at Hoop Dreams Academy (Up to 61% Off). Six Options Available.

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In a Nutshell

Instructors offer private, semi-private, or group classes on the foundations, skills, and coordination needed for competitive play

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Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per visit. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Reservation required, 48 hours minimum advance notice required. Must sign waiver. Will travel up to 50 miles from zip 33637 for instruction. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Six Options

  • $55 for a 90-minute group lesson for up to 10 ($120 value)
  • $149 for three 90-minute group lessons for up to 10 ($360 value)
  • $15 for a 60-minute private lesson for 1 ($30 value)
  • $35 for three 60-minute private lessons for 1 ($90 value)
  • $39 for a 60-minute semi-private lesson for up to 4 ($80 value)
  • $109 for three 60-minute semi-private lessons for up to 4 ($240 value)

The Zone Defense: A Disputed Strategy

Lessons on strategy may include discussion of the zone defense. Get a head start with Groupon’s introduction.

In theory, a basketball player can be more effective on defense by guarding a region of the court—his “zone”—rather than matching up one-on-one with a particular offensive player. This is the central tenet of the zone defense, which seeks to negate the advantages of an offensively dominant opponent by forcing outside shots and disrupting offensive rhythm, ideally causing players to make unwise decisions with the ball. While the zone has plenty of potential variations, the setup witnessed most often is the two–three formation, in which three players—usually the forwards and the center—stand in a row along the baseline while the two guards patrol the backcourt. 

Though the zone defense was disallowed in the NBA until as recently as 2001, zones have long been a staple of college hoops. The two–three has famously helped Syracuse men’s coach Jim Boeheim amass 29 NCAA tournament appearances, including a national championship in 2003. Even so, the defense is not without its detractors, many of whom cite its vulnerability to strong outside shooters and its general perception as a passive method of play. “It looks like a stickup at 7-Eleven,” former North Carolina State coach Norm Sloan was famously quoted as saying, explaining his disdain for the zone. “Five guys standing there with their hands in the air.”


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