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Mike Dunlap 3-on-3 Full Court Drill

Full court 3-on-3 provides a tremendous diagnostic test to determine who on your team can and cannot play basketball. It exposes players in a meaningful way, demonstrates which players know how to win, showcases team and individual defensive capabilities, and improves cardiovascular fitness. This drill also allows you as a coach to manipulate the rules to emphasize key principles: no dribble, ...

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Four Baseline Out-of-Bounds Plays From the Box Formation – Pat Summit Tennessee Vols

The post below includes four simple baseline inbounds basketball plays to run out of a box formation. Installed as a series, the four provide complimentary action to each other, one setting up the other, to keep the defense guessing through the course of the game. The final play of the series–called “Vols”–is used by Pat Summit’s Tennessee women’s team. The video ...

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Steve Nash One-Handed Passing Series

We came across this video recently by Bob Bigelow and Breakthrough Basketball, demonstrating the Steve Nash one-handed passing series drill. This is a great partner drill that emphasizes ball handling, hand-eye coordination, catching, ambidexterity, and passing. You can also use a wall if you are by yourself. Players pair up facing each other, two balls for each pair. Progression goes as follows: One hand...

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Attacking a 1-3-1 Zone Defense – Izzo, Michigan State

The 1-3-1 zone defense and 1-3-1 half court trap can be devastating to an unprepared offense. The video provides real game footage of Michigan State’s Tom Izzo’s offensive approach to attacking the 1-3-1 half-court zone. For most of this game Izzo uses a 2-1-2 offensive setup. His middle man continuously occupies the center of the 1-3-1, not allowing him to get ...

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Bob Hurley “Weak Link” Peer Pressure Passing Drill

I recently came across Bob Hurley’s “Weak Link” passing drill, loved it for its simplicity and effectiveness, and had to share. It comes from Hurley’s “Bob Hurley: Practice Planning & Program Development” DVD. For more content from Hurley, please check out Bob Hurley End-of-Game Press Break and “Diamond” Side Out-of-Bounds Play. Hurley makes this a part of...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: “Dagger” Pass & Cut or Dribble-At Screen For Weak Side Post

This Read & React quick hitter is ideal for youth teams running the Read & React who are looking to feed the ball into the low post. It combines a simple pass & cut or dribble-at action with a basket cut screen for the weak-side post player. I really don’t want to overcomplicate this play. It’s a stone-simple method for forcing ...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: 4-Out 1-In Flex Cut For Layup

This Read & React quick hitter incorporates a flex cut and backscreen into the offense out of a 4-Out, 1-In alignment. The primary option is for the person flashing off the screen into the paint for a layup; this quick hitter then offers a secondary option as the perimeter player downscreens to “screen the screener” often creating an open jumpshot at ...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: Guard-to-Guard Pass & Cut, Speed Dribble Throwback for Three Pointer

This pair of Read & React quick hitters can be run from the 4-out, 1-in alignment with the post player on the strong-side setting a screen for an open corner three-pointer. As with most quick hitters, I like to think of them in pairs – a primary and a counter – to keep defenses guessing towards the end of a ...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: 4 Out Guard-to-Guard Pin & Skip plus Counter

This pair of Read & React quick hitters can be run from the 4-out, 1-in alignment with the post player on the weak-side setting a screen for an open corner three-pointer. Both plays utilize similar actions and vary with a few small adjustments working well together as a primary play and counter. The pin & skip play is extremely effective against ...

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Bob Hurley End-of-Game Press Break “Flood”

This press break from high school coach, Bob Hurley, puts severe pressure on the opposing defense late in games when they’re gambling to get turnovers. Hurley especially likes this press against the diamond press or 1-2-2 press. The press break releases the two guards long, while the two bigs flash from half-court to the ball. When the point guard reaches half-court ...

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Three Flex Offense Entries from the 1-4 High Set

This article outlines 3 flex offense entries from the 1-4 high offensive set. Running these alternate flex entries from the 1-4 set creates favorable spacing versus defenses that may be clogging the lane against your traditional flex spacing. They also create play-making opportunities at the elbows if your bigs are also skilled passers that can see cutters over the defense    1-4 High ...

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“Hoya” Baseline Out-of-Bounds Play Entry Into Flex

The baseline out-of-bounds play outlined below comes from the Georgetown Hoyas and provides a great entry into the Flex Offense from a dead-ball situation.  The creates several layup opportunities for cutters flashing to the basket. Setup with two players at low posts, and two players stacked at ball-side elbow. 5 flashes to corner and receives pass from 1. 3 cuts high as safety ...

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Guide to the Flex Offense Now Updated With 2 New Videos

We just updated our guide to running the flex offense to include two new videos to help you visualize the key motions.  The guide includes the five basic principles of the flex offense, along with a downloadable PDF to easily add to your own archives. To extend your implementation of the flex offense, we’ve also added a number of separate quick ...

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Flex Offense Alternative Entry Play & Quick Hitter: Double Stack for Baseline Three-pointer

The baseline out-of-bounds play outlined below provides a great entry into the Flex Offense to keep the defense off-balance. The “Double Stack” flex entry variation emphasizes a quick-hitter to your best shooter coming off a double screen on the baseline, with a secondary look to the post player flashing to the high-post. Initial setup in double stack at each low post. 1 ...

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Flex Offense Baseline Out-of-Bounds Play: Staggered Screen Entry into the Flex

The baseline out-of-bounds play outlined below provides a great entry into the Flex Offense from a dead-ball situation. The Flex entry variation provides several open looks to the initial cutters, while preventing opposing teams from effectively scouting your base offense. Setup in a stack formation, with your point guard on the far-side wing. 2 flashes to weak-side post, looking for the ball ...