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All Access Richmond Basketball: Coaches Meetings and Offensive Sets

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

In this week’s edition of All Access, we take you back to Richmond, Virginia for a behind-the-scenes look inside a University of Richmond men’s basketball practice.

First, watch as head coach Chris Mooney sits down with his coaching staff for a pre-practice meeting. The coaches take turns emphasizing specific goals and strategies the team needs to work on. Finally, we’ll take you out to the basketball court as the Spiders run through baseline charges, the “4 around 1” motion offense, and several other offensive sets.

This all-access pass derives from the first few days of practice during the 2009-10 basketball campaign.

Coaches Pre-Practice Meeting

We start things off with a pre-practice coaches meeting as Coach Mooney and his staff talk about the daily practice plan. Discussions revolve around elbow defense, personnel for drills/sets/coaching points, Robert Parrish comparisons, two-foot finishes, and how to take hits on a drive (see below with “baseline charges”). The roundtable discussion also emphasizes a few other plays and specific areas that players need to work on in order to make them effective.


Baseline Charges

In “baseline charges”, players practice taking charges in the paint. First, a player will start out with possession as the charger and rams into a defender stationed out in the lane. After this, the offensive player quickly changes over to the defender and takes a charge. Players then rotate through. Notice how players yell out to emphasize the hit. Also, zero in on the quality footwork and stance needed to pull off the charge.


4 Around 1 Motion Offense

The “4 Around 1” offense is a motion offense that uses four perimeter players and one post player. It’s an ideal system to use when your team has solid outside players and fewer post players. Meanwhile, it’s also designed to gain favorable matchups.

In this particular practice session, Richmond is coming down the court in their transition spots. On offense, the squad will run staggered screens away after the point guard passes to the wing. They can also look to make a swing pass via staggered screen on the opposite side. Then after either staggered screen move, it’s a “4 around 1” pass and cut.

Coach Mooney also provides some detailed coaching instruction for the defensive players in the drill regarding how they should play the initial passes and staggered screens up top.

Tip: The top guys on defense should have their feet on the elbow and keep their chest facing the ball.


The previous clips can all be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Richmond Basketball Practice with Chris Mooney.” To check our entire collection of All Access videos, simply head over to our basketball library

Flex Offense Essentials: Basic Continuity and Counters to Net Easy Baskets

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Flex Offense has been a popular offensive system at the high school and college levels of basketball for many decades. By using efficient spacing, lots of flaring action, and flex screens, plus constant movement on the offensive end, the Flex can be extremely effective, especially if executed properly.

In this week’s team concepts feature, Elizabethtown men’s basketball coach Bob Schlosser reveals his twist on the Flex, which eliminates the downscreen to create some high-percentage shots. Follow along as Coach Schlosser runs through the basic continuity before getting into counter plays to net easy baskets.

Basic Continuity

We start things off with a 2-out and 3-in alignment and make five passes before shooting a layup while running the flex pattern.

Keys: Whenever catching the ball, get into triple threat position. When the cutter is coming off the flex screen, he must show his hands and set his man up. When the screener is setting the screen, he must step out a bit. Players must also ball fake and shot fake constantly. Also, but quick, but don’t hurry.

In Schlosser’s Flex Offense, the team doesn’t down screen. Instead, when a player up top catches the ball on the cross pass, the squad feels he has room to pull through before the flex cut comes or he can pass to the corner and make that jumper where it’s not clogged.



First, we’ll run a backdoor play to end the first counter. Without the down screen, we have opened up an entire side of the floor. If this post/low block player is denied, he can run backdoor.

Let’s take a look at the action involved to set this up. Initially, a pass is made from guard to guard up top, then there’s a flex cut by the opposite corner player along the baseline using a low block screen provided by the low block player. After setting the screen, the screener cuts up to the elbow and then cuts backdoor immediately. He can also step out and to the near corner, replacing the former corner player (who steps up top to receive the pass across). We can then get right back into our flex continuity from here.

Meanwhile, the option is also there for a pass off the elbow. When we pass off the elbow, look to stagger screen away. If we pass the ball to the corner, we are going to stagger screen and then get right back into our flex spots if we aren’t able to enter the ball into the post.



With “Go”, when the guard makes a pass across for the other guard, we have the options for a shot, pull through/rip through, or entry to the inside. We run the “Go” if a defender cheats on the cut as the pass is made. This frees up a player to catch the ball up top, hit an open jumper, or rip through if his man closes out.

Duck In

Finally, in “Duck In”, as the ball is passed from the top right to top left, the right side corner player sprints baseline, comes off a low block screen from his low block teammate, then cuts right off the shoulder of his low block screener and sprints to the opposite low block and faces the ball looking for the pass.

Meanwhile, after setting the screen, the screener ducks into the paint, with both hands reaching out, looking for the pass down low and a quick layup. This can be beneficial if the defense switches. The low block screener can now receive an inside pass off the duck in and layup. It’s key that guys here read the defense in switching or non-switching situations.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Comprehensive Guide to the Flex Offense” featuring Bob Schlosser. To check out more videos featuring offensive systems, simply head over to our basketball library.

The House Offense: Essential Strategies and Drills for a Potent Attack

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Legendary women’s lacrosse coach Cindy Timchal has produced eight national titles and more than 400 career wins during her illustrious career. So what’s been a major key to her success over the years? The current Navy head coach credits the “House Offense” for producing some potent attacks and getting the most out of players.

Through whiteboard diagrams and on-field demonstrations, Timchal breaks down some of the core elements of the offense before showcasing key drills that support this offensive approach. Look to incorporate this highly effective offense with your squad and take away a few competitive practice drills as well.

The House Offense: A Brief Overview

It’s key to be organized on the offensive end. This takes some time at practice and there’s a number of drills to help break this down. Basically, this is a 7-on-7 offense or “House” because it’s in the shape of a house, with a box in front, a player behind, and players working inside. A major goal here is to establish great balance.

Meanwhile, stickwork skills are extremely valuable. Players should keep their sticks close to the body, tuck them in, and work on snapping moves in order to get more effective with their scoring abilities. It’s also key that they are constantly working in tight quarters and under great defensive pressure, just like in a game situation.

Spacing is also very important with this offense. Players can’t be too tight. This allows the defense to mark them more effectively. Too often the offense is spread out, making the passing lanes too far away. Proper spacing is critical to success here. Depending on the defense, the set-up is going to line up between the eight-meter and 12-meter lines.


Offensive Breakdown & Player Roles

The House Offense allows coaches to put players in positions to excel and utilize their strengths and role-playing abilities. If you have a lot of great players on your squad, you can really mix it up in order for them to respond.

Also, always challenge the defense by attacking both sides of the cage. If you bring the ball down the right side, you should also want to be able to get it behind and to the opposite side, as well. This puts the pressure on the defense and forces them to play on both sides of the field. At the same time, it helps you find openings all over the field, hopefully leading to easy goals.

Start with two dodgers at the top and just inside the 12-meter line. They are looking to go hard at the net and dodge. Drive aggressively and find that angle to the cage. A lot of teams will crash and double right away as a dodger goes to the net. If this happens, look to get the ball behind. This behind-the-net player (let’s call them A3) will really want to take off strong and attack the other side of the cage.

All the while, two post players on the inside (A5 and A6) can post up for each other, go with the left hand or the right hand, among many other options. These players can also come off picks and look for the feed inside from teammates behind or down the alley.

If A3 curls around the left side, A4 (the player on the top left side of the offense) can look for the backdoor. Players can also reposition from here as well. A key here is for players to demonstrate patience and poise instead of being hurried, rushed, and forcing passes.

Look to work in triangle formations as well. This way, there is always support on both the right and left sides of the field. Players can also work in triangles together up top and down low.


Key Drills for the House Offense

Driving Practice

Begin with a three-on-three formation. Start with two offensive players up top and one behind the cage. The first player will look to drive and force the double team. Eventually, the ball gets behind and then back up top on the opposite side. Now this up-top offensive player looks to drive. If she gets doubled, the ball goes back behind again. And the drill continues like this. Work quickly and make constant movement. Players with possession should always be moving aggressively.

1 vs. 1 Four Corners

Get four corners of players set up in a one-one-one format. Two offensive players will be behind the goal and two others start out up top. The goal here is to develop one-on-one moves. Start the ball behind the cage and look for the first player to go one-on-one to the cage and get a shot off. Then move to the top and have the next offensive player drive to the net. Keep moving around the horn until all players have taken reps. Look to work on inside moves in tight and get off quality shots.

Box Drill

Finally, this effective box drill is a 4-on-3 drill that works on offensive ball movement and defensive rotations.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “How to Run the House Offense” with Cindy Timchal. Check out more videos featuring effective lacrosse systems at our video library.

Lacrosse Transition Drill of the Week: The Bez Drill

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Tufts men’s lacrosse program is well known for its high-tempo attack and effective transition game. The squad’s proficiency in these areas is a major reason why the Jumbos are regarded as one of the best programs in Div. III lacrosse — particularly after posting a 38-4 record the last two seasons and earning the 2010 national title.

The Bez Drill is just one of many effective transition drills the team uses to prepare for game situations. This continuous practice drill moves at a quick pace and gives players a number of reps in a short period of time. With Tufts head coach Mike Daly leading you through the drill, make sure that you pick up some tips and insights and then see how you can incorporate the drill into your own practice plan.

Bez Drill Overview

This drill is named after one of the team’s all-time favorite players, Alexander Bezdek. The Jumbos use it all the time. It’s not only a great competition drill, but it emphasizes everything that we do as a team — stylistically, tempo-wise, philosophy, etc. While it may be somewhat similar to what other teams may run, we throw in a few wrinkles.

Drill Breakdown

The Bez Drill is a constant 3-on-2. Each team will come down on a 3-on-2 break every time. For the team that comes down, the guy that ends the play (whether it be from scoring, turning it over, or whatever) is out of the drill, and the other two guys get back. Immediately, the other teams comes down on those two guys on a 3-on-2 situation.



There’s no time for a momentum mistake, no time to worry about a mistake. Instead, it’s back on defense or offense. No matter what happened previously, we’re focused on taking the next opportunity as it really mimics our style of play. There are a lot of things happening here, good and bad.

Meanwhile, this drill particularly helps with creating runs on offense and stopping runs on the defensive side of the field. It requires proper stick handling and a focus on fundamentals for our defensive personnel, especially because they are handling the ball and running the breaks.

For Tufts, the team is most successful when playing as a unit, sharing the ball, making that extra pass, and not settling for outside shots.

On the Field

Next, Coach Daly provides the play-by-play as the drill happens. It’s a constant 3-on-2, involves a ton of quick looks, and really develops confidence to shoot off the pass. It also develops confidence in defenders, like knowing when to cut or when to attack on cage. This is all developing here.

Also, it’s an effective drill because we can emphasize many of the little things we do on transition. It’s a very compettive situation. For Tufts, something is always on the line, like pushups, drink break, etc. Like in a game, it always matters.


The previous clips can be seen in Championship Productions’ DVD “Transition Drills for Building an Up-Tempo Offense” with Mike Daly. Check out more videos focusing on transition lacrosse by visiting our lacrosse library.

Winning with the Princeton Offense: “5 Out”

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Back in October, we ran through the basics of the Princeton Offense, focusing on key concepts of the popular offense, proper spacing, and a basic Princeton formation “Chin.” This week, with coach Lee DeForest leading the way, we’re going to build off of that Chin concept and highlight the 5 Out formation, yet another effective set that will give your opponents fits this season.

5 Out Overview

The 5 Out set is initiated through Chin. For a full breakdown of Chin, be sure to read through our feature from last month. To start, the pivot player should be on the same side as the basketball. The play is initiated with a dribble weave before an interchange on the weak side.

Now, we have the forwards up and the guards down. As we are doing that, the pivot is moving to the high-post area. Next, we make the forward-to-forward pass up top and then get the ball to the opposite wing guard. After this, the opposite forward cuts through and to the near corner (closest to the ball). Next, the pivot screens for the forward up top just above the three-point line, and the forward sprints to the opposite (or right) corner.

Here’s where the adjustment comes into play. After the pivot makes the screen up top, he will then step out to the top of the key and the guard with the ball will hit him with the pass up top. Now, we’re in the 5 out set.


Check out all of the options now. When the pivot has the basketball, he has the option to dribble to the weak side (i.e. the right side in this case) at the wing guard before the wing guard cuts backdoor. As he backdoors, the corner forward takes the guard’s place on the wing. Next, the pivot can pass to the wing forward. We now want the pivot to get back to the post, so we have the backdoor guard set a “UCLA screen” at the foul line elbow for the pivot, and he cuts to the post.

When the wing forward has the ball, we can also look to post up the low post guard. The pivot will set a fake screen at the left top of key area and the opposite wing guard will act like he’s coming off of it before cutting backdoor. The corner forward will take his spot. Now, the guard — who was initially on the wing — is the new pivot.

5 Out – On-Court Demonstration

Follow along as Coach DeForest dishes out more tips and strategies – this time from the hardwood. This play is another way to get the backdoor look from the top to the wing out of Chin. Remember, once we are in the set, the pivot with the ball should dribble to the opposite side he received it from. Key: Hold the ball at the top of the key for a second. This gives the other team a chance to deny.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Winning with the Princeton Style Offense.” Check out more videos focusing on basketball offensive systems by visiting our extensive library.


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