One of the great advantages of a motion offense is its adaptability to be able to play against any type of defense. It is a great advantage not to require your team to learn multiple offenses to be able to play against multiple defenses. The time commitment to practice several different offenses in practice is enormous. Just think of the time you take where you can't practice skill, defense or whatever your weaknesses may be.
I have just returned from my 5th trip to Colombia in the last 4 years. This trip was to Manizales, where along with former National Team Coach, Guillermo Moreno, we conducted a 3 day clinic for 25 players and over 40 coaches.
I always enjoy my trips to Colombia and the trip to Manizales was no different. It is a large city, nestled in the mountains, about a 30-minute flight northwest of Bogota. It is in the heart of coffee country and is the legendary home of coffee producer, Juan Valdez.
1 on 1 Defense
So much energy is expended in developing game plans, working on skills, scouting opponents and trying to find an edge to be a better team and win more games. All of that hard work will go down the drain if you cannot defend on the ball 1-on1.
The nature of American basketball these days is to create match-ups, isolate the match-up and then attack the defensive player. If you cannot play 1 on 1 defense, or defense on the ball, all your work and preparation will amount to nothing.
If is often said that games are won and lost on the foul line. How many more games do you think you can win if you can force your opponent to worry more about defense then they are about making the foul shot. Here is an attack off the foul shot that just might make them do just that.
Coaches spend hours and hours orchestrating offenses while saying that defense is mostly hard work. "Offense take s talent," goes the coaching saying, "defense takes desire." It is true; more can be accomplished with hard work over skill, on defense. But that is not to say that that coaches shouldn't teach defense as well as the teach offense. Most coaches teach defending the ball, denying the wing, playing the post, etc. I have not seen enough coaches teach defensive philosophy, tactics and situations as they do on offense.
GETTING OPEN FOR YOUR SHOT
In basketball, you could be the best shooter in the world. You could have range beyond the moon. You can be faster than a speeding bullet. If you can't get your shot, it doesn't matter. If you can't get the ball in a place you can score from, you become a non-shooter. How do you get the shot you want?
Turnovers are the bane of every team that strives for excellence. In trying to cut down on turnovers there are some simple things that you can affect by coaching to cut down on turnovers and improve your chances to win.
As coaches, we take our teams to practice every day. We have our plans, we have our drills and we have our plays. Often, the process becomes the object of the practice, not the end product, playing better in games. Here are a few things that might help keep your eye on the prize as you work on the various parts of the game that are necessary to improve.
3 SIMPLE STEPS TO IMPROVE YOUR REBOUNDING
Rebounding is one of the most important, yet underrated skills in basketball. Of all the uncertainties that exist in basketball, the one constant is there will be missed shots. Whether a team shoots well or shoots poorly, often the winning or losing team is determined by what happens to the shots that are missed. The team that gets most of the rebounds gets additional offensive opportunities and that often translates into more points on the scoreboard, which usually means wins.
Becoming a better rebounder is simple and you can get there in 3 simple steps.
Using 3 chairs, post players can get a variety of shots and a large amount of repetitions. This drill emphasizes footwork, quickness and shot variety. Player can take the same shot at every chair or can change shots by rotation. Every type of shot should be included. Examples are included in the drill.