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We’ve recently covered the Chin, Point, and Low options in the Princeton Style Offense. Now it’s time to review some fantastic 3-on-0 drills catering towards these strategies. Follow along with coach Lee DeForest as he breaks down each drill and then shows you how it fits into the overall system. Finally, watch his players run through the drills at full speed to see how you can easily implement them in your own practice.
Breakdown Drills for Chin
Overview: In Chin, you don’t know exactly when you’ll be able to go backdoor. So this drill works on players dribbling at the wing and making a backdoor pass.
The Drill Breakdown: Run the drill 3-on-0. Get one player up top and two wing players. The man up top with the ball will wait for the overplay by the defense and then “dribble at backdoor” and towards the wing. Meanwhile, his teammate will cut backdoor and a pass is made for a strong finish. After each rep, have the players rotate spots.
Coaching Points: Timing is so key here, so be sure to emphasize this with your players. For instance, the wing players don’t want to leave until AFTER the ball is dribbled towards him/her. Also, have your players shoot layups with a variety of finishes to simulate game-like situations.
Breakdown Drills for Point
Overview: Keep the 3-on-0 format, however, this time have the post player work on catching the ball and chinning it before making a strong move.
The Drill Breakdown: The ball handler up top dribbles down the middle of the court while the post guy flashes up from the block to the free throw line. The post player then catches the ball. From here, practice chinning the ball and then have the post guy follow the player who just passed him the ball.
Next, the passer sets an away screen before popping back and receiving the pass from the original post guy. The post should follow the ball to set a good ball screen. It’s key that the ball handler makes a good read here. For instance, you can come off the ball screen and take a shot OR you can drive and attack the basket for a layup OR you can attack the basket and kick it out to an open teammate. Be sure to rotate positions after each rep.
*Practice on both sides of the basket and court.
*Run 2-3 drills for 2-3 minutes every day.
*Run the drills at game pace.
*Run through all options.
Last summer, we highlighted five tremendous breakdown drills for the Flex Offense. This time, we’re taking things a step further by adding four more highly effective breakdown drills to the mix, including “Scramble to the Flex” and “The Cutter Drill.” Follow along as Elizabethtown head men’s basketball coach Bob Schlosser once again leads you through each drill and provides helpful commentary throughout.
Scramble to the Flex Drill
In this first drill, players will run in a circle around the foul line. From here we want the players to get into their flex positions immediately on the floor. After a few seconds of running, the coach will set the ball down and then the players will balance the floor. In the scramble situation when the ball goes to the floor, the nearest guy will pick it up and the players immediately get to their spots and right into the flex.
Now we will have one defender guard any two offensive players. Do not help, but instead, deny your player the ball. This will encourage the offensive guys to go back door to get open. Also, run through five passes before you shoot it. The two defenders will not touch the ball. This particular drill encourages running good cuts and setting up the defender. The defenders will play man-to-man and must stick to their man.
Next up in the 5-on-3 drill, we’re working on passes off the elbow. Three defenders will guard the offensive players along the baseline.
Start the drill with a pass off the elbow. After the guard’s initial pass, the guards up top must set a staggered screen. Look to run this drill until someone who’s not guarded makes a flex cut. This really emphasizes the staggered screens. Meanwhile, when you make that high to low pass, it’s crucial that screeners get a piece of the defender on the pick so you can get the ball inside or get into the flex continuity.
The Cutter Drill
This final breakdown drill goes 3-on-3. Get a cutter, screener, and passer on the box ready to come up. All players should be on the low block extended. The goal here is get a strong flex cut. That flex cutter will set up his man low and then come up high for the catch and layup on the opposite block.
Looking to learn more about the basics of the Flex Offense? Be sure to check out our previous feature article on basic continuity and counters for this popular basketball system.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Comprehensive Guide to the Flex” featuring Bob Schlosser. Check out more videos featuring offensive systems by heading over to our basketball library.
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.
Give your transition game a boost with this effective 5 v 4 fast break drill. Follow along as Cortland women’s head lacrosse coach Kathy Taylor breaks down the action via whiteboard before heading out to the field for live simulations. This is a terrific drill to practice team finishing and working against defensive pressure in a fast break setting.
The drill starts at the restraining line with the midfielders. Imagine that your middie has broken free and is now ahead of their opposing midfielder. Meanwhile, you should have four other attack players lined up. The goal is to keep the ball ahead of the other middie, who is currently behind us and catching up to the play.
With a 5 on 4 situation, we have a numbers advantage and have the defense matched up. Therefore, the midfielder with the ball must force one of the defenders to make a decision quickly. However, executing here is easier said than done.
Far too often, ball carriers hold on to the ball far too long. As soon as the defense makes any kind of commitment, put that ball into the respective attacker’s stick. Move through the space and look for the pass right back for a give and go and a shot. If it doesn’t work, keep moving the ball ahead of the defensive slides. There will be a player open.
Practice finding that open player and attacking. But remember, keep the ball ahead of the pressure and make quick decisions. You only have a few seconds until the numbers return to even again.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Building Your Team’s Transition Game” with Kathy Taylor.” To check out more videos featuring specific offensive systems, visit our lacrosse video library.
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.