San Antonio Spurs and 2017-2020 USA basketball head coach, Gregg Popovich, details how to run the “Loop Series” in his effective motion offense. You’ll see players walk through the Loop Series, then go through a series of different looks in a 5-on-0 setting with Coach Popovich calling the shots.
Drill Summary: As the point guard dribbles up the side of the court with wings in the corners and a lead and trail big, the wing in the ball side corner loops underneath the hoop and comes up through the lane to the top of the key. The point guard reverses the ball to that wing, then the trail big sets a down screen for the opposite wing as the lead big sets a back pick for the point guard to the hoop. If neither of those looks are open, the wing coming off the screen curls down underneath the basket. From there, both bigs set down screens for the guards underneath the hoops, who pop out looking for the ball. Once they’ve set the screens, the bigs open up to the ball as well and the team continues in their motion offense.
Keys to the Drill:
2) Good screens.
3) Good passes.
This clip came from Championship Productions’ video, “Gregg Popovich: My Favorite Drills and the Motion Offense.” Browse over 900 basketball videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!
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In this all-access glimpse, we take you to Norman, Oklahoma for a look inside a University of Oklahoma women’s basketball practice. Watch as head coach Sherri Coale leads the Sooners through a variety of fast-paced practice segments, including the rapid-fire “Circle Shooting Drill” and “Thunder Share.”
The action begins with fundamental lines. The players work on using proper footwork for things like how to start and stop, how to turn, and how to pass.
Four lines initiate from on the baseline. The drill starts with players making a fake and then continue by dribbling up the court, coming up to a defender (or coach), stopping abruptly, faking, jabbing, and then making a strong pass back to a teammate on the baseline, who repeats the same thing. The drill continues like this at a fast pace and demands great intensity throughout its duration.
Thunder Share Drill
This next drill works on getting the ball down low, feeding the post, looking for outlets, maintaining proper floor spacing, and making strong drives to the hoop. The action begins with direct drives from half court. Players blow by a defender but can’t get over anxious. Coach Coale reminds players to be patient and to always remember their fundamentals.
This final drill is a quick-fire layup drill that starts out in the lane. Players circle around in the lane one after another shooting layups and using both sides of the glass. After a set period of time, players move into jump shots around the free throw line. There are a number of balls going at once. Eventually, the drill moves out of the lane and implements passes stemming from the half-court wing area.
Follow along as Pitt State University coach Andrew Grantz breaks down the 4-Out 1-In Attack & React Offense, a highly-effective system that helps exploit your team’s strengths. The offense — which can be described as a mix between the Dribble Drive and Read & React — also teaches players how to play the game of basketball versus just running set plays. This week, Coach Grantz provides an overview of his system before getting into Phase 1 of the offense. Basics of the 4-Out 1-in Attack & React The offense is based on six perimeter spots that can be filled at any time (see diagram in video clip below). The top two spots are guard spots. The wings are 3 and 4 players (or forwards). The post can move block to block. There are also corner spots for whenever you cut and fill out and there’s an overload on one side. Meanwhile, the line going across the half court along the second hash mark of the free throw line is called the Drive Line. There are specific reactions above and below the drive line. Learning About Each Spot Players 1 and 2 – Start just outside the lane-line extended and above the three-point arc. The same thing goes with the 2. This gives us good spacing. Players 3 and 4 – We want them to be drive-line extended. The reason is that we want players 1 and 2 to have passing options. However, we don’t want to bring them up to the free throw line extended because it congests the offense. It opens up a wider driving gap this way. Player 5 – This player moves block to block away from the ball. He/she can post up for a one count. If not open, this player must get to the opposite block immediately. Each player should be outside the college three-point line, more like the NBA three-point line. In other words, we want NBA three-point spacing. This spreads the court and opens gaps for drivers and backdoor options.
Phase 1 – Dribble Penetration In this first phase of the offense, any time a player penetrates, we want to teach them to make a decision above the drive line. Are you going all the way to the rim and score OR are you going to pitch out? You don’t want to over-penetrate. Once below the drive line, you must finish the shot or dump off to the 5 player. With the 5 staying opposite of the ball, it puts a lot of pressure on the defense. Coaching Point: It’s important in this phase to attack the basket to score. You should have an aggressive mentality from the start. Reactions When a Player Drives Let’s say that player 1 drives and gets forced to the right. If so, the player on the same side (the 3 in this case) slides up. The 3 keeps NBA spacing and stays wide. Be patient and wait until the ball is driven inside the three-point line. This gives the 3 player options to step up and shoot or make a strong drive to the basket. If player 1 dribbles to the middle, the 2 man must be patient and will eventually slide right behind. The 4 will also slightly slide up as well. Player 5 must get opposite of the ball. You now have different pitch-out options. All the while, the 3 stays put or moves just slightly to stay out of the shadow of his/her defender.
The motion offense is a highly-effective system particularly useful at teaching the fundamentals of lacrosse. Suitable for teams at every level of lacrosse, this distinct pass and move system makes each player a threat with the ball and maintains optimal field balance. Led by Limestone head men’s coach JB Clarke, the following drills all revolve around the motion offense and will serve as perfect practice additions for your lacrosse team.
This is a simple catch and shoot drill focusing on accurate passing, catching, cutting, and shooting. Start with two opposite lines behind the net. One player has the ball and starts the drill by cutting up towards the GLE as his drill partner comes around a cone placed about 7-10 yards in front of the net. The ball carrier dishes to the shooter, who gets off a quick shot on cage in front.
Try this drill with only attackmen to start practice. Look to get a ton of shots in a short amount of time with this drill and switch sides each time with the catching and shooting. Also, shooters should aim low at the net, point their off shoulder at the feed, and choke up on the stick when down low.
Tips: Remember to communicate early so your teammate knows where to throw the ball. Shooters, turn your head, pick a spot, and finish hard.
This drill puts the motion offense in play. First, the ball starts up top with a middie and he will dodge hard down the alley before making a circle rollback. Next, try to square up in the top center and throw it to a teammate vacating out of the crease. for a high percentage shot. This is the motion that the offense takes when dodging down the alley.
It’s crucial to make a good hard initial dodge. One of the keys for the guy carrying the ball is that he turns and actually circles back. Otherwise, the defender will be right in his hands. When you roll away, you can get your hands free and this allows you some space from the defender and you can throw that feed.
Tips: Remember to run this drill in both directions and get a lot of realistic shots within the motion offense. Look to attack at the defense’s weakest, which is right after a dodge in this situation. You can add a hitch to the shot, too. This helps when defenders are flying out on the crease player and then you can hitch, step around them, and score.
This 1-on-1 drill puts the players in more realistic formats. Start by putting your crease guys in there as well so the drill takes on a 2-on-2 format. From wherever you start the 1-on-1, the dodger must go with his head up and can’t just go running through the crease. You can also put the players behind the net and on the wings to get a ton of reps from different angles. The crease guys have to anticipate what’s really going on.
Rules: The crease defenders are only allowed to slide but can’t double the ball. The dodger cannot throw the ball to the offensive guy in the crease until the defense slides.
Tips: The first part of any good motion offense is that you have to run by someone and force the defense to slide and that creates a 5-on-4 situation. This should be a main goal of what you do; creating unsettled situations behind the ball. Take the time to teach your players how to dodge, make good moves, and get in good positions to score.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Building Your Motion Offense” with JB Clarke. To check out more videos featuring offensive systems, head over to our lacrosse DVD library.
This week’s All Access pass takes you to Norman, Oklahoma where Oklahoma head women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale leads her squad through a variety of game-like shooting drills and fast break warm-ups. Feature drills include “Two-man Sideline Passing”, “USA Shooting”, and “Two-Ball Shooting.”
The behind-the-scenes session stems from the first few practices of the 2010-11 season. Most recently, the Sooners are coming off a 21-13 campaign in which the squad reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.
In order to be effective on transition, players must be able to run, pass, catch, and dribble without making turnovers. This sideline passing drill incorporates chest and bounce passes as players (working in pairs) throw the ball back and forth down the length of the floor.
If a group drops the ball, they must go back and start over again. Midway through the drill, the middle line will start making a bounce pass. Remember that players should be running, not sliding, while passing and catching.
Tips: Do not travel. Stay wide and zip each pass. Talk to your teammate throughout.
Start out with two lines of players, one up top and the other on the wing. The player up top has the ball and passes to a teammate on the left. The passer makes a v-cut and sets a screen for the player on the wing. The wing player cuts hard off of that pick, receives a pass from the feeder just inside the far elbow, and takes a jumper. Follow your shot and get the rebound. The screener will now cut up to the free-throw line and receive another pass from a coach for a shot.
It’s key that players communicate on the screen and then cut after it. The second cutter should cut opposite of the first cutter. Also, be sure to mix your cuts up. See below for options.
Note: Screeners have the option to make at least three different cuts here. Coach Coale incorporates this drill with her team to simulate their motion offense. It gives players a chance to fill, curl, or to backcut off of the downscreen.
This is a terrific drill for working on post moves, entry passes, and shots off the pass. On each end of the floor, get a line on the wing and a post line under the basket. All post lines will go twice in a row. When feeding the post, always fake before you make. Be sure to deliver a good pass fake and then deliver the ball. Get the defender’s hands somewhere and make the pass, which should be quick and sharp.
Feed the post and the post will score. The next player up will feed the post and the post will score. After that, we will relocate. Now the wing player feeds the post and then relocates high or low, the post kicks it back out, and there’s a shot. Go twice.
Next up, change it to feed and re-post. Make a feed down low, kick it out, have the post go two steps deeper, have a re-feed, and then get a score. After two reps, feed and take a handoff. The feeder runs a cut, high or low, takes the hand off and scores. Every post goes twice. In the last sequence, feed the post, make a fake handoff, and the then post scores opposite. Do this on the left side of the floor on both ends.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Oklahoma Women’s Basketball Practice with Sherri Coale.” Be sure to check out the latest videos in our All Access lineup. New DVDs feature the following programs: Kentucky, Wichita State, and Iowa State.