The Read & React is based around the premise that the ball handler has the freedom to do anything he wants (almost) and the other four players on the court have one and only one reaction based on his choice.
So, in effect, this makes the...
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.
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.
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.
This is a quick video taken from the Read & React Clinic in Atlanta this past year.
TJ talks about the pace of practice - what pace to practice at and how quickly to get there. The pace at which your team practices will of course...
How should I teach the Read & React?
That question finds its way to me a lot. And, my frustrated answer is this:
You have to run the Read & React in order to improve at the Read & React.
Period. You can’t get good at something that...
This our second of five Read & React Quick Hitter posts in tribute to our newest DVD in the R&R family: Quick Hitters! You can check it out here.
Here's a nice Out of Bounds Quick Hitter to jump start your Read & React from the...
Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be posting 5 Read & React Quick Hitters in tribute to our newest DVD in the R&R family: Quick Hitters! It's so new in fact that it isn't even live on the website yet, but you can check...
TJ Rosene just sent me this drill that he’s been integrating into his practices. His team loves it because they get a little bit of everything (transition, zone, man, etc.). In it he trains his team to transition seamlessly between formations, emphasis of actions, and...
This is our second Tribe Spotlight where we feature the successes, struggles, insights, and hopefully game footage from Read & React coaches. This spotlight comes from Ed Hammersmith in Overland Park, Kansas. Here’s what Coach Hammersmith (coachEd in the forum) has to say. If you want your team spotlighted or you just want to show off some of your game footage, send me an email at email@example.com and we'll try to set it up.
I started teaching the R&R to my 6th grade AAU (11U) girls team November of 2009. I had concerns that there wouldn’t be enough practice time to drill the “Layers” to the degree they needed to be drilled in order for the girls to learn them, but I ultimately decided to give it a shot and keep it simple.
Read & React v. Zone
Read & React v. Press
Read & React 5 OUT ScrimmageThis is what I learned from that first year:
First, I needed to down size everything!
I figured if I was going to commit a good majority of practice time to the R&R, then some things had to go. I kept one press offense, one offense (R&R) vs. man to man, two zone sets (more on that later), and I cut our inbounds sets to 4.
I have to be honest, this was going to be a big change for me. I was venturing out of my 20-year coaching comfort zone.
Why change now?
Throughout your team’s Read & React training, you’ll need to run diagnostic tests. You can do this in scrimmage situations, in game situations, or as a final progression to a drill.
To use a drill as a diagnostic tool, you must make it competitive. This video...