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The Tribe

There's a lot of great stuff going on in the forums… too much really to leave it alone, just sitting there. So, I've decided to post a forum inspired post every day for the next 5 days (there's plenty more good stuff than that, but I thought I'd start there). Today is day 1, inspired by this forum thread and VMI04, MJL23, Blue, Rick, and TJ. So, when you're putting in the Read & React for the first time, how do you promote buy in from your players? Well, in developing a strategy, the first question you need to ask yourself is what sold you on the system? There was obviously a reason that you ordered the DVDs, watched the footage, and decided that this would be your offense. Can you tweak the benefits that sold you into language that your players will respond to?

There are two types of Read & React coaches. Those that run it like a traditional offense and those that get it. So, this is a bit of an introduction to a coach and a program that you'll see more of right here in the future. Well, actually, you've seen Coach Garcia (Uie) and his team demonstrate some zone tweaks, but we're just getting started. See, Uie gets it. And, by "it", I mean a lot - the meaning of the word coach, the spirit of the R&R, and how to impact the lives of youth basketball players. So, we were sent this article about him and his program and thought it would be good to share it. It's about more than the fact that his travel teams have gone 126-6 over the past three years. It's about how the change that he and his coaches are making to the game at the youth level (with the Read & React) is achievable... and transferrable. That's what we are trying to do with Uie - take his insight and give him a megaphone. By the way, right now, Uie is transitioning to the AAU season with the Connecticut Spirit so you'll also get to see some stuff from the AAU circuit. We're excited because we know it will be helpful. Thanks to South Windsor for the article:

Watching the men’s Final Four and more specifically, the championship game, reminded me of one of the reasons I created the Read & React. It has nothing to do with the implementation of the offense; rather, it is how to use the Read & React during a game. Let me begin by saying that I’m not a college coach and I have no NCAA championship rings. I’m just a student of the game. When I watch games on any level, I’m always looking for something that I can learn and pass on to you - asking myself, “What would I do in this situation? Would I do anything different?” And of course, I’m always viewing it through the eyes of the Read & React. With that being said, here’s what I want the Tribe to consider: “The definition of insanity is to continue to do the same thing over and over again expecting different results.” Imagine the following scenario. In your preparation for your opponent, you’ve chose to emphasize a particular action - the high ball screen, for example. But, once you get in the game, it is clear that your opponent can defend that screening action perfectly. In fact, they are defending it so well that you are getting almost nothing from it and the shots that you do get aren’t the ones you want (and even those are going in). What do you do?

Perhaps one the most important times for a coach is the weeks immediately following the season. During this time you get the chance to look at what worked and what didn't, locate successes and failures, analyze all of it and make a rough plan for...

In yesterday's post, we mentioned the simplicity of the Escape Hatch for a dribble penetrator who can't make it all the way to the rim or just doesn't like what he sees. Today, let's take it one step further. What if that ball handler (1 in this case) drove right, bounced off to the Escape Hatch, then immediately crossed over and attacked again - this time to the left? What would that do to the defense? Let's take a look at it. Bounce Off Escape Attack Frame 1
With 1 driving right, every other offensive player Circle Moves to the right. This forces every defensive player to rotate as well. Most likely, x2 has helped on the drive and now must recover to his man in the corner.