Skills Checklist


Offensive Moves from the Post

  • Catch, face the basket, jump shot
  • Catch, face the basket, shot fake, jump shot
  • Catch, face the basket, drive fake, jump shot (catch & face off both forward & reverse pivot)
  • Catch, drop step base-line into power lay-up
  • Catch, drop step baseline into counter move
  • Catch, middle drop step
  • Catch, middle drop step into counter move
  • Catch & face with high-side pivot foot, shot fake into crossover step and power lay-up
  • Catch and baseline pivot into a reverse lay-up
  • Catch and high-side pivot into a jump hook
  • Use of back in dribble into moves jump hooks and counters

Ball Screen/Dribble hand-off Fundamentals

Fundamentals on the ball screen/pick & roll and dribble hand-off handler

  • Catch and pivot to engage defence
  • Shoulder to hip alignment when using the ball screen
  • Catch, pivot, drive off the screen for a lay-up
  • Catch, pivot, drive to elbow for a pull-up jump shot
  • Catch, pivot, drag dribble to create separation, drive for a lay-up
  • Catch, pivot, drag dribble to create separation, drive into a pull-up jump shot
  • Shoot the 3-point shot behind the screen
  • Drive off the screen, outside hand pocket pass to rolling screener
  • Drive off the screen, inside hand pocket pass to rolling screener
  • Drive off the screen, throw-back pass to perimeter

Fundamentals on the ball screen/pick & roll and dribble hand-off screener

  • Screen and roll to the basket ‘belly to the ball’ for catch & lay-up
  • Screen and roll to the basket ‘rim run’ for catch & lay-up
  • Screen and flare (pick & pop) for shot
  • Screen and flare (pick & pop) for shot fake and drive
  • Screen and short roll for a shot
  • Screen and short roll for the extra pass
  • Screen and long roll to post opposite

Offensive Moves from the Perimeter

Catch & shoot footwork (inside foot i.e. baseline foot is pivot foot)

  • Catch and shoot the 5-metre jump shot (left & ride sides)
  • Catch and shot fake (left & right sides)
  • Catch and drive fake (left & right sides)
  • Catch, combination fakes (left & right sides)
  • Catch & face, drive to basket lay-up under hand, over hand, reverse (left & right sides)
  • Catch, one-bounce jump shot off crossover step (left & right sides)
  • Catch, one-bounce jump shot, onside (left & right sides)
  • Catch, two-bounce shot, crossover step (left & right sides)
  • Catch, two-bounce shot, onside (left & right sides)

Catch & drive footwork (side-line foot is pivot foot)

  • Catch, rip the ball through and drive to the basket for lay-up off on bounce (left & right sides)
  • Catch, rip the ball through and drive to the basket, power lay-up off on bounce (left & right sides)
  • Catch, rip the ball through, one bounce jump shot (left & ride sides)
  • Catch, rip the ball through, one bounce jump shot off crossover step (left & right sides)
  • Catch, rip the ball through, two bounce jump shot) left & right sides)
  • Catch, rip the ball through, two bounce jump shot off crossover step (left & right sides)

 

Leading in the Post

  • Establishing position in the post
  • Back to the basket
  • Back to the base-line
  • Duck in
  • Pivoting to establish post position/deep catch
  • Use of ‘slash arm’
  • Lob positioning

Leading from the Post

  • Post faces the ball ‘toes to the ball’
  • Use of ‘slash arm’ technique
  • Flash to the elbow
  • Lead to the perimeter
  • Block to block lead
  • Block to diagonal elbow lead

Leading from the Perimeter

  • Speed cut
  • Use of catch fake to set up cuts
  • Use of slash arm or strong arm long arm
  • Back cut
  • V-cut/V-lead
  • L-cut
  • Flare lead
  • Triangle pattern

Post Fundamentals

  • Post positioning/presentation
  • Post pivoting
  • Drop step moves
  • Turn and face moves forward and reverse pivot
  • Jump hook
  • Counter moves
  • Offensive rebounding

Shooting

  • Shooting stance
  • Shot preparation & footwork
  • Arm and wrist action
  • Receiver shooting
  • 1-dribble shot
  • 2-dribble shot
  • 3-point shot
  • Shooting off movement/cuts
  • Shooting off screens
  • Ball screen/dribble hand-off shooting

Lay-ups and Finishing

  • Overhand lay-up
  • Underhand lay-up
  • Power lay-up
  • Reverse lay-up
  • Extended lay-ups
  • Lay-ups incorporating fakes and pivots
  • Runner/floater

Pivoting and Footwork

  • Forward pivot
  • Reverse pivot
  • Inside foot pivot on the catch
  • Outside foot pivot on the catch
  • Using pivots to create time and space

Passing and Catching

  • Chest pass
  • Bounce pass
  • Overhead pass
  • Using pass fakes to create a pass
  • Post entry pass
  • Pocket pass/interior pass
  • Passing on the move
  • Behind the back
  • Catching on the move

Ball Handling and Dexterity

  • Ball confidence and dexterity drills
  • Maravich series drills
  • Right hand/left hand dribble at speed, under pressure
  • Crossovers in front, between the legs, behind the back, spin move, retreat dribble, hesitation, on-side dribble

Defensive Rebounding

  • Blocking out on ball
  • Blocking out off ball
  • Balance and stance in the block out
  • Use of footwork/pivoting in blocking out
  • Use of arms and upper body in the block out

Containment Defensive Footwork

  • Head position
  • Hand/s position
  • Movement pattern correct foot first
  • Maintenance of stance
  • Maintenance of gap/space

Closing Out Footwork

  • Head position
  • Hand/s position
  • Foot movement pattern
  • Short close-out technique
  • Long close-out technique

Movement

  • Lateral movement
  • Diagonal movement
  • Change of direction swing step
  • Slide –  run and slide technique

Stance and Body Positioning

  • Foot position
  • Head position
  • Hand position
  • Balance and posture

Full Court Pressure Defensive Principles – Man to Man

One v one:

  • Maintaining pressure on the ball
  • Turning the dribbler
  • Channelling the dribbler
  • Slide run and slide technique

 

Two v two:

  • Maintaining pressure on the ball
  • Line of ball/concept of a Plugger
  • Run and switch techniques
  • Fake trap/help and recover
  • Effective communication

 

Three v three:

  • Maintaining pressure on the ball
  • Line of ball/concept of a Plugger
  • Split line
  • Run and switch techniques
  • 3-man rotations
  • Effective communication

 

Four v four:

  • Maintaining pressure on the ball
  • Run and switch techniques/disruption
  • 4-man rotation
  • Effective communication

 

Five v five:

  • Maintaining pressure on the ball
  • 4-man rotations
  • Disruption
  • Role of the 5 man
  • Effective communication

 

Full court man to man trapping/disruptive defence:

  • Maintaining pressure on the ball
  • Line of ball
  • Split line
  • Role of the stopper
  • Role of the trapper
  • Role of the interceptor
  • Role of the safety
  • Effective communication

Defensive Transition – Full Court

  • Rebounding coverage
  • Guarding the outlet
  • Basket coverage
  • Defending the ball handler in the back court
  • Off-ball defenders in relations to the ball and man
  • Roles and responsibilities in defensive transition

Defending On Ball Screens

  • Effective communication
  • Over technique
  • Under technique
  • Through/gap technique
  • Switching technique
  • Push or forcing away from screen
  • Drop technique

Defending Screens Off the Ball

  • Effective communication
  • Over technique
  • Over and trail/lock & trail
  • Under technique
  • Through/gap technique
  • Switching technique

Position and Movement Principles

  • Maintain pressure on the ball
  • Jump to the ball
  • Defensive position in relation to the ball
  • One, two, three passes away from the ball
  • Pointing pistols
  • Concept of flat triangle
  • Moving as the ball moves
  • Defensive rotations on base-line penetration
  • Defensive rotations on penetration through the side of the key
  • Defending pass and cut
  • Defending the flash cut
  • Defending the low post
  • Defending the high post
  • Defending the back cut
  • Post defence

Fast Break and Transition Concepts

  • Finishing on the fast break
  • 2 v 1 driving lane and passing lane
  • 3 v 2 driving lane, passing lane and spacing
  • 4 v 3 advantage concepts
  • 5 v 4 advantage concepts

Transition concepts:

  • Early offence – Pace phase
  • Middle – Poise phase
  • Late – Penetration phase

Offensive Concepts versus Zone

Alignments:

  • 3 out, 2 in
  • 3 deep

Concepts:

  • Post positioning
  • Ball reversal
  • Pass and shot fakes
  • Post flashing from behind the zone
  • Overloading
  • Use of Gap dribble
  • Use of Freeze dribble
  • Screening the zone
  • Screens off the ball
  • Use of on-ball screens v the zone
  • High/low action and spacing

Roles of the Cutter and Screener

Role of the cutter:

  • Straight cut
  • Back cut
  • Curl cut
  • Flare cut
  • Turn-out cut

Role of the screener:

  • Straight cut – screener to the basket
  • Back cut – screener to the ball
  • Curl cut – screener to the ball
  • Flare cut –  re-screen concepts

Screening Actions

  • Down screen
  • Cross screen
  • Back screen
  • Up screen
  • On-ball screen
  • Turn-out screen
  • Staggered screen

Offensive Principles of Play

  • Ball reversal through hands
  • Ball reversal via skip pass
  • Ball reversal  through the post
  • Use of back cuts to release pressure
  • Dribble penetration
  • Receivers principles/floor spots on dribble penetration
  • Post entries concept of cutter & re-locator
  • Dribble entries
  • Shallow cut
  • Hand-off entries
  • Alignments 5 out; 4 out, 1 in; 3 out, 2 in

Pass and cut:

  • Guard to forward pass
  • Forward to guard pass
  • After pass to the post