If you’ve played against a 1-3-1 zone defense, you know how effective it can be.
It’s an aggressive, disruptive, in-your-face defense that attempts to “speed up” the offense and confuse them with traps and irregular defensive positioning.
To defeat it, the offense must be calm under pressure and make smart decisions.Continue reading
The Blocker-Mover has been popularized by Tony Bennett’s Virginia Cavalier teams, and its elements are utilized by Terry Stotts of the Portland Trail Blazers.
It’s a true motion offense with clearly defined roles for each player.
And the free-flowing nature makes it difficult for defenses to guard and prepare for.Continue reading
At the high school level and below, I don’t think anything will lose a game faster or more frequently than a team’s inability to handle pressure.
We have probably all had teams that have excelled in a controlled half court game, but immediately lost their poise when the opponent began to press.
As a coach, there’s nothing more frustrating than helplessly watching from the sidelines as your team commits countless turnovers when the other team extends its defense.
But it doesn’t have to be this way!Continue reading
One of the best things a youth or high school coach can do is build continuity throughout his or her basketball program.
When players grow up learning the same system, terminology, and skill progressions, they are more likely to be successful as high schoolers.
Coach Rick Torbett from Better Basketball has developed an innovative offensive system that is a perfect choice as a program offense.Continue reading
If you watch basketball at any level, you are sure to come across the “Pack Line” defense.
This is for good reason – it works!
This defense, created by Dick Bennett and perfected by his son, Virginia coach Tony Bennett, focuses on keeping the ball out of the paint.
Despite its effectiveness, the Pack Line can be scored on by intelligent offense.Continue reading
Coaches have numerous options when choosing an offense for their team.
One offense that has stood the test of time at the high school and college level is the “Swing Offense,” created by former Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan.
The Swing is a continuity offense that repeats its pattern on each side of the floor.Continue reading