Keep it Movin'
September 15th, 2004 BY COACH RAY SMITH
Good teams and good players move both the ball and their bodies purposefully
and consistently. When teams consist of players that can shoot off the catch,
keep the ball moving and drive with purpose and decisiveness, they are difficult
Here are some basic offensive principles to think about in terms of effectively
moving the basketball:
- When you have the ball in the back court, look to pass the ball ahead to
a ball handler. The ball moves up the floor quicker off the pass than it
does the dribble. By doing this in transition, you force the defense to
flatten out making scoring opportunities more available.
- In halfcourt offense, never stand still longer than 3 seconds. Screen for
team mates to get them open. Cut to an OPEN space on the floor
- When catching the ball in half court, have a 3 second count in your head.
Within those 3 seconds, shoot a quality shot, drive the ball to an open
area,( facing up or playing with back to basket) or pass to an open team
mate. re-setting the offense or using a ball screen are among the only
times when a player may have the ball for longer than 3 seconds.
- You want a defense to move around as much as possible. When this
happens, there are multiple holes in the defense, making it easier to
drive the basketball towards the rim.
- When team mates penetrate and your defender helps on the ball..........
MOVE. Post players need to move away from their defender, meaning if
he/she helpd baseline, relocate middle and vice versa. For perimeter
players, when a defender helps low, relocate high and when help is high,
relocate low/corner area. You DO NOT want to let ONE defender be able
to help on the ball, stopping penetration and guard you at the same time.
We must make this help person make a decision, commit to the ball and
leave us open or commit to us and possibly give up a drive by our team
Remember, it's a simple game!