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Stanford Zone Offense Attack – Patterned Offense Versus Zones

The continuity zone motion offense below outlines patterned offense that Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer runs versus zones.  Her zone and man offense in her Stanford Women’s Basketball All Access DVD from Championship Productions. The play works from 1-3-1 initial setup and emphasizes wing cutters hunting the short corner behind the zone — frequently a weak point in most 2-3 zone defenses. ...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: 3 Short SPRINT – Wing Ball Screen Continuity Play

The quick hitter below works nicely for coaches running the Read & React offense out of a 3-Out, 2-In set with the post players playing in the short corners. The play works as a continuity offense that creates strong ball screens on the wing and presents multiple pitch-out and dump-off options for the ball-handler. On a pitch-out to the perimeter, the ...

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Four Simple Adjustments to the Flex Offense: Curls, Flare and Stagger Screens, & Push

Once you have your core Flex continuity actions installed and translated into habit for your players, you may need to evolve the offense to adjust to your personnel or seek out specific shots for your team in game situations. The drawings below outline four minor adjustments to the Flex rules to expand the core offense: Curls, Flare Screens, Push, and Stagger. Do ...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: 3 Short Strong – Baseline PG Jumpshot or Feed to Post

Many people running the Read & React offense seek new quick hitters to force certain looks for their team. 3 Short Strong provides multiple options for teams that have three very good players at the point, wing, and low post. The set starts in a 3-Out 2-In set with the the post players located at the short corner. The point will ...

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1-2-2 Zone Press

The 1-2-2 containment zone press provides a flexible, easy-to-teach, conservative press framework for seasoned defensive teams as well as those newer to zone press concepts. The press has a number of benefits: Provides one hard trap in the back-court along with the possibility of a second trap just over half-court. Adjusts for different game situations: establishes pressure and turnovers when down and try...

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Flex Offense Alternative Entry Plays: Cross and Double

We found two well-done entry plays for the Flex offense. These plays both create space for the wings when initiating the offense and then flow seamlessly into the Flex continuity principles. For a refresher on the core Flex principles, please read our post here. Do you have effective ways to get into your Flex offense? Please share with the BrightCoach community!

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How to Run A Basic Flex Continuity Offense, With Read & React Adjustments

The basic flex offense creates great spacing, movement, and mismatches for well-disciplined teams. Many undersized teams or teams that have five similar skilled players find success with the flex because it creates mismatches on both the post and the perimeter and has some clever weak-side screen and “screen the screener” action. We’ll outline the basic elements of the flex here although...

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Read & React Press Break in Plain English With Pictures

We see a lot of postings on various coaching message boards across the internet with questions on how to run the Read & React press break. We break it down right here, including downloadable diagrams. The Read & React press break applies the same principles and behaviors taught in the Read & React half-court offense. This results in a novel pass/cut/fill ...

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Easy-to-update Basketball Practice Plan Template in MS Word

Just a simple, easy to update practice plan template using Microsoft Word. It’s not the end-all, be-all of templates but it’s effective and simple enough to update directly in Word without having to muck around with a lot of tables and formatting. Do you have a certain template that you use for your practices? Share it with the community here at ...

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Effective Baseline Inbounds Play from Multiple Sets – “Chips” Michigan State

I’m a big believer that the “third phase” of the game–special teams– can mean a difference of 6-8 points a game … and 6-8 points a game can mean the difference between a mediocre season and one that puts you in the top tier of your league (just count up the the number of games last year where you lost ...

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Simple Half-court Defensive Principles for Youth Teams

Habits = good, thinking = bad. Keep it simple. As coaches we often need to be reminded of this mantra when teaching offense and defense to youth teams. With this in mind, many youth teams respond favorably to “rules” or “principle”-based frameworks for playing defense. These principles act as reminders or cues for players to apply when reacting to the offense in ...