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Winning with Undersized Players: Essential Drills and Offensive Sets

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Teams equipped with smaller, less athletic players often face an uphill challenge when they go up against bigger, more powerful squads. However, teams can still turn this perceived weakness into a strength by implementing specific strategies and sets on the basketball floor.

With 2010-11 Naismith National High School Boys Basketball Coach of the Year Kevin Boyle leading the way, learn about different ways you can win with undersized players. Boyle provides an overview of his offense before getting into specific team drills to practice the key concepts.

Motion Offense Overview

For undersized teams, the goal here is to spread the floor after we get over half court. However, the first problem is getting the ball up the court against pressure. You might have a lot of trouble even getting into your sets and plays.

First, you want to stretch high and wide full court against a more athletic team. Stay out of the corners so that guys have the opportunity to fade to the corners and drive when necessary. Second, look to keep 15 to 18-foot spacing between guards and 15 to 18-foot spacing between the wings.

With this first motion offense, we have a few simple rules: 1) If you pass below, you cut through, 2) If there is no post player on the ballside, aim for an inside cut looking for a layup or quick cut behind the defender, 3) When the passer cuts, the opposite guard fills in for him and the opposite wing fills in for the opposite guard, 4) If you pass the ball out, replace yourself, and 5) If you pass across, cut to the rim hard and fill the wing’s spot on the same side. Or, after passing across, look to get a little flare screen with the wing player screening for the cutter. You can also pass across and then screen down.

With these rules, you learn about spacing, cutting, and some simple rules to teach kids how to space the floor (especially against teams that are bigger, longer, and more athletic). The goal here is that we want to create good space for backdoors and gap dribbles.

If you feed the post, look to make a banana cut to the elbow with space, have players fill, and then pass it back out for the three-point attempt. It really makes a difference if you take the opponent’s big man away from the basket by having a high post instead of a low post. Remember, we aren’t screening a lot with this set because we’re relying on cutting.

 

Key Drill

Get two lines of players, one at the top of the key and near half court and the other on the ballside wing. Players on the wing will sprint off the screen and V-cut toward the pass. Look to create spacing.

Players will catch the pass, rip it, dribble hard towards the paint, jump stop, and then dish out to a flaring wing player in the corner. After players pass the ball, they should backpedal beyond the three-point line (for defensive balance).

 

The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Kevin Boyle: How to Win with Undersized Players.” To check out more videos featuring set plays and drills, click here.




Two Highly-Effective Team Rebounding Drills to Add to Your Practice Plan

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Add a new wrinkle to practices this season by implementing these dynamic team rebounding drills. The following drills focus on a number of rebounding concepts and situations, including transition basketball and offensive rebounding. The drills can be used at any level of basketball and will keep your players motivated, working hard, and best of all, improving.

Rebound to Transition Drill

Submitted by Darryl Lowrey, Jemison HS, Jemison AL

This drill is great for rebounding, outlet passes, filling lanes in transition, and overall a terrific conditioning drill. Start with one line of players under the basket and one line on the sideline at the free throw line extended.

Player 1 under the basket throws the ball off the backboard, rebounds it aggressively, and outlets the ball to the first player in the other line. Player A dribbles up the floor and jump stops at the foulline and then passes to Player 1 for a layup or short jumper.

Note: After making the pass, Player 1 must sprint to fill the lane and be ready for the pass. The players then swap responsibilities with A throwing the ball off the backboard, rebounding, and dishing an outlet pass to Player 1. After everyone has had a turn in the drill, the players change lines and run the drill on the opposite side of the court.

 

“Banger” Offensive Rebounding Drill

Submitted by Len Garner, North Gwinnett HS, Suwanee GA

This is a competitive, hard-nosed offensive rebounding drill that teaches your players to be aggressive when fighting for rebounds. Divide your squad into three equal teams. A coach should stand just inside the free throw line. The three teams each form a line – one at each elbow, and one in the middle of the free throw line area.

The first player in each line steps into the paint. The coach tosses the ball off the rim and the three players battle for the ball. The goal for each player is to battle for the ball, get the offensive rebound, and put it back in the basket. The rebounder is not allowed to bring the ball below chin level, dribble, or allow the ball to be knocked loose. If the player scores, they go to the end of his/her team’s line and the next player steps in. Players must score to get out of the drill. The first team to have each of its players score wins.

 

The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Over 30 Team Rebounding Drills.” Check out more drills in the Winning Hoops collection by clicking here.




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