BNSW Clinic – Building Your Team Offence

Posted on Oct 23 2019

Basketball New South Wales is currently conducting a series of free coaches clinics as part of their “D-League” program. These clinics provide coaches both in the event and in associations with a wide scope of skills, drills, concepts and strategies for their coaching. Here are some notes from a recent clinic conducted at Penrith on “Building Your Team Offence”.

Introduction –

  • When building your offensive system, identify your priorities in three key areas
    • What do we want early – Pace phase
    • What next – Poise phase
    • How do we want to finish – Penetration phase
  • Think “fast break” before “transition” – lay-ups are still king
  • Most coaches say they want to establish the running game, but are they defining what it looks like and committing to the running?
  • Spacing, ball reversal, player movement and penetration (paint touches) key in any offensive system
  • Must teach and define “the geography of the floor” – young players need to understand their positioning of the floor is key to successful offence
  • Importance of organisation at the end of the possession to provide high percentage scoring opportunities and limit turnovers
  • Everything predicated on skill and decision making

Early offence –

  • Starts with rebounding – how many to the glass, spacing and organisation on the break
  • Outlet – “sweep” to get the ball on the move or establish back to side-line in “outlet pocket”
  • Importance of the forward pivot on the catch of the outlet – create “forward inertia” with the pivot
  • Stretch the floor wide and deep – lane runners run wide, “running post” pressure the middle of the floor
  • Elite guards are elite at the kick ahead
  • Lane runners – lay-ups and corners – start the possession high, wide and deep
  • If no down the line kick ahead, “cross the street”
  • Use of the ball screen in transition should be PART of the offence, not THE offence
  • Need to define spacing around the pick and roll setting

Spacing and alignment cues –

  • Create space by elite corner running – early in the possession create “high wide and deep” spacing
  • Running post – off-centre, slice through elbow opposite ball to create space and vision on the ball
  • Wings make reads  – PG with a head of steam (shoulders past defender) – continue to corners, PG held up – present (lead)
  • Trail post “widen the wedge” – think lateral spacing, create space through the foul line

Early penetration –

  • Deep catch – post the “halo” or hold and create space below the catch
  • Post feed
  • If stepping post away, send to post to “low box” opposite, not the opposite block – spacing, “stretch the help triangle”
  • Base-line drive and receivers
  • “Flow drive” (middle) and receivers
  • The 5 D’s of penetration floor spots – driver, drift, diagonal, dunker, drag
  • Penetration floor spots as much about limiting turnovers as creating open shots – predictability
  • “Second touch” concepts for the point guard – “through”, “exit”, “bounce” or “v-away” (keep the PG near the ball)

The next phase –

  • Screening – curl early down screens, dive early flare screens
  • Maintain the “wide wedge” – move seams out, attack through the foul line with cutting
  • Use of “short route” screening action – create space above and below the point of the screen
  • Start the possession high, wide and deep, open up the floor with high and wide spacing in the middle part of the possession
  • Blend of screening action away from and on the ball

Late possession –

  • Ball screens are not the answer to every problem
  • Defences are keyed to late clock pick and roll – what is your point of difference?
  • Factor in defensive balance – what happens after the shot goes up?

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