Author: Scott Ginn

Here are some Read & React clips from Shorter University men (from the 2010 season). This is Shorter's first year with the offense, but these clips will demonstrate how linking just the first 6 layers can be effective, even at the collegiate level. Clips 1 & 2: Here you can see Pass & Cut followed by the Draft Drive (for more info about the Draft Drive, see this earlier post). Basically, after a few passes and cuts, the ball handler drives off the tail of the previous cutter. You can see how the cutter drags his defender out of help-side position, opening up a seam for the penetration to get to the rim. Even in Clip 2, when the penetration comes late, the help-side defender is so preoccupied with the filling cutter that he doesn't even notice the drive until it is too late.

On March 1st of 2010, we started this Tribe project for all of those coaches running the Read & React. It was designed to provide you with ongoing tips, resources, and community to help you constantly improve as a Read & React coach. But, of course,...

Over the last few weeks, we've been fleshing out a 5 part series on Read & React Quick Hitters. This is our fourth installment - you can find the three previous here, here, and here.

This is an easy 4 OUT Quick Hitter that utilizes the Post as a scoring opportunity and as a screener. 4 OUT Quick Hitter
1 passes and cuts (1st Option). If 1 is not open, then 1 screens for 5 in the short corner. 5 cuts to the front of the rim (2nd option).

This our third of five Read & React Quick Hitter posts in tribute to our new DVD: Quick Hitters! You can check it out here. Here’s a Quick Hitter from the 3 OUT formation with a couple of nice scoring options as well as a post isolation opportunity. And, as always, nothing in this Quick Hitter violates Read & React principles. Remember, these Quick Hitters should serve as a spring board for ideas. You can easily take the actions that your team is best at, order them in a specific pattern, and call it a play. And if the initial attacks don’t work, you can flow naturally into the Read & React. 3 OUT Quick Hitter Frame 1 4 flashes inside the FT line elbow. 1 feeds 4 and "X-cuts" with 3.

A couple of days ago I posted a two line drill for training the Read Line. As I was diagramming it, I couldn't help but think of all the possibilities that drill had to offer - you could change its formation from 4 OUT to 5 OUT, you could use all of the spots instead of just 3, you could... well, I stopped with just those two, but you could tweak it even more if you want. So, here's an expanded version of that original 2 Line Read Line Drill. Let me know your thoughts in the Comments. Expanded Read Line Drill Frame 1
Start with all spots filled except the point. Put the ball on a wing, and a defender on the opposite wing. 5 must fill the empty spot.

This drill was posted by bshutter in the forum and it was so good that it needed to see the light of day on the Tribe. So, I pulled it out of the forum, shined it up a bit, added some diagrams and now here it is. Thanks bshutter and if you want to see the original forum thread, check it out here. This is a great drill to train the Read Line. Even though the Read Line can be simple to teach and simple to learn, players could begin to cheat by cutting to the basket whether or not the defender is over the Read Line. Emphasizing a drill like this will help clean up that slippage. You can use this drill as it sits or you can use it as an idea generator and tweak it to your own needs. For example, in this version, a player is the defender and the rotation acknowledges that, but you could easily make the defender a coach and have players only focus on offense. Just a thought. And, by the way, the blue shading simply represents the 4 OUT spots. If you like this drill, check out the Expanded version here. Read Line Drill Frame 1
Start with two lines - one on the right guard spot, the other on the left wing spot. Put the ball(s) in the right guard line. 5 must fill the empty spot.