Coaching the Read & React

With the Read & React Offense, a team can use various formations without altering the fundamental principles of the offense. You'll see in the clips below, Iowa spends some of their time in 5out and some of their time in 4out (solely based on the personnel they have in the game at any given moment). You'll also see them flowing seamlessly between those formations. And, that's where the Read & React can get really tough on the defense. You can see more examples of how the Read & React Offense pushes a defense to the limit, along with basketball game footage from all levels, at our Read & React Offense video page.

Clip 1: 4out High Post to 3out – middle drive.

Even Bill Self believes that the Read & React Offense is great as a developmental basketball offense. But, can it work at the highest levels? The University of Iowa women think so - that's why they've run it for the past 3 years with some great success. Hear what longtime Iowa assistant coach, Jenny Fitzgerald has to say about it here. You can watch some of that success in the video below. And, if you want to see more game footage from the Read & React at all levels, visit our Read & React Offense video page.

Clip 1: 4out: a little mix of Pass & Cut with Dribble Penetration & Pitch.

The Read & React Offense isn't just a concept or theory - it works in real basketball games, even at the highest levels. Early in Read & React's existence, coaches wanted to see what it looked like in live action. Well, we've obliged. Here are some clips from the University of Iowa women, who reached the BigTen Championship game in 2010. For more Read & React game clips from the Iowa women (and teams of all levels), check out our basketball video page.

Clip 1: This illustrates what I mean by a NORTH-SOUTH drive. The help defense must be across and deep, leaving the receiver plenty of time for the shot. Simple Layer 1 stuff.

The Read & React as a whole has all of the complexities needed to beat any defense at any level. This is because it coordinates five players using multiple basketball actions linked randomly together. But, that’s not the whole story. It has been noted by almost everyone who has looked at the Read & React system that each layer of the offense is simple. A layer consists of actions of a ball handler followed by the reactions of those without the ball. Both the actions and reactions are simple. If you pass, then you cut. If there is an open spot, fill it. Simple. So, how can the simple actions available to the ball handler and the simple reactions required of the non-ball handlers be so effective?