As you get deeper into the playoffs, you'll certainly find yourself coming up against better defensive teams. They've studied your footage, drawn up a defensive game plan to stop that crazy offense you run, and are ready to play. You need to be ready too....
I was recently at a Shorter University women's game watching them dismantle their opponent. This is their first year with the offense, but I noticed one action (or sequence of actions) that they went back to time and again with success.
And, I think you might be able to find a place for it - especially if you do anything in the 4 OUT.
Here's the whole concept in one frame. 4 (who was their best offensive player) has the ball and the post is on the weak-side. 4 passes to 1, then basket cuts. Instead of trying to hit the cutter right away, 1 lobs over the top into the shaded area.
I'm not exaggerating when I say that this was good for a lay-up two or three times (at the college level, no less) and when it wasn't, their best player still caught the pass cleanly and then got to work her skills on the low block. Not once did this pass get tipped or thrown out of bounce (of course, your mileage may very on that one, I guess).
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.
In a previous post, we took the Pass & Cut layer and added some depth to the options. That gave us the Puppy Dog Front Cut and the Draft Drive.
Now, in Layer 2, we'll look at going deeper into the Post Cuts - notice that I've used the Laker Cut in the examples, but the other Post Cuts (X and Relocate) could work too.
These are clips from the University of Iowa, but the principles (especially in these early layers) can be used at all levels. Next time you want to add something to your Read & React attack, at least consider going deeper in the layers you already have in place rather than defaulting to adding more layers. You may be surprised at what you can get.
If you've run the Read & React for long or if you've been following the Read & React at all, you know that we suggest the R&R as an alternative to set plays. (Actually, we suggest it as an alternative to anything, but plays are...
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.
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).
In our previous post, we talked about the option of going deeper into certain layers of the Read & React rather than constantly pushing to add more layers. At the same time, a team who has established themselves in the R&R can continue to build nuances into their offense to make it more dynamic (and ultimately harder to guard).
To illustrate this point, I put together some clips from the NCAA Division 1 University of Iowa Women’s team. This kind of depth exists in almost every layer of the Read & React. Many of you are already aware of this “Simple, yet Complex” aspect of the Read & React. But for those who aren’t, especially youth coaches, I hope you can see how to squeeze even more out of Layer 1 than just the most basic actions.
Recently, I was in Connecticut watching a 13U girl’s team coached by Ulysses Garcia along with the 12U and 11U teams in his South Windsor Girls Travel organization. (You’ll hear more from Ulysses very soon.)
Up to that point, his teams had only been through a...
A lot of offenses, even motion offenses, require the ball to be moved from specific spot to specific spot so that the proper cuts, screens, and scoring opportunities can be created. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with this necessarily (you know how we feel about it...
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.
4 flashes inside the FT line elbow.
1 feeds 4 and "X-cuts" with 3.