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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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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: 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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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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Sideline Inbounds: Hubie Brown 10 Seconds or Less Inbounds Play For Three-Pointer

This sideline inbounds play from Hubie Brown provides multiple three-point options along with a backdoor lob. This is a well-design play for teams that are down by two with less than ten seconds left in the game. 2 sets a down screen for 3 to flash to top of the key for a three-pointer. 4 and 5 double screen for 2 cutting to ...

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Zone Offense Quick Hitter: “1-3-1 Fist Down” – Izzo Michigan State

This zone quick hitter comes from Tom Izzo of Michigan State. “Fist-Down” creates tremendous decision-making pressure on the interior of the zone defense, putting them in a no-win situation regardless of who they cover. It comes from Izzo’s Basketball Smorgasboard of Drills and Basketball Wisdom DVD. The play uses a screen in the middle of the zone to free up a ...

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Triangle Zone Offense Overload Against Odd-Front 3-2 or 1-2-2 Zone Defense

Opposing coaches run odd front zones (3-2 or 1-2-2) to place tremendous pressure on your ballhandlers, typically extending the zone far outside the three-point line. The triangle zone offense outlined below overloads vulnerable areas of the odd-front defense–the high post and the baseline wings–to create shooting opportunities for your offense.  The play calls for the 5 and 4 to work in ...

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Zone Offense Quick Hitter: “1-3-1 Arm Chop” – Izzo Michigan State

This zone quick hitter comes from Tom Izzo of Michigan State. “Arm Chop” presents a fairly straightforward set of actions that work well on the youth basketball level, as well as high school and college. It comes from Izzo’s Basketball Smorgasboard of Drills and Basketball Wisdom DVD. The play uses a screener at the top of the key to create gaps ...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: “Magic” Post Screen & Backscreen

This Read & React quick hitter applies multiple Read & React principles to create low post and perimeter back-screen scoring opportunities for your team. The point-guard initiates the play with a speed dribble at the 3 person on the wing, sending the wing on a basket cut to screen for the post. Following this screen, the 3 person back-screens their way ...

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Zone Offense Quick Hitter – “1-3-1 Double” – Izzo Michigan State

This post provides an overview of “1-3-1 Double”, a favorite quick hitter of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo against zone defenses. It comes from Izzo’s Basketball Smorgasboard of Drills and Basketball Wisdom DVD. Coach Izzo emphasizes that these type of quick hitters work well for quick shots when you’re down late in a game and you need quick scoring opportunities for ...

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Zone Offense Quick Hitter – “1-3-1 Special” – Izzo Michigan State

This post provides an overview of “1-3-1 Special”, a favorite quick hitter of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo against zone defenses. It comes from Izzo’s Basketball Smorgasboard of Drills and Basketball Wisdom DVD. Coach Izzo emphasizes that these type of quick hitters work well for quick shots when you’re down late in a game and you need quick scoring opportunities for ...

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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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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 ...