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
Coaches frequently repeat the old adage, “Defense Wins Championships”.
And while there is a lot of truth to that, we all must remember that your team needs to put points on the scoreboard to stand any chance of winning.
As coaches, it’s our job to put our team in a good position to score.
That’s where your basketball offense comes in.Continue reading
Scoring is difficult at all levels of basketball.
Even with good players and well-considered set plays, it can be hard to score in the half court against a solid defensive team.
This is even more true at the youth, middle school, and high school levels.
To avoid long scoring droughts, all coaches should emphasize fast break basketball.Continue reading
There are few things more enjoyable than watching a well-executed motion offense. The basketball zips quickly around the perimeter, players are constantly cutting and screening for each other, and the team always seems to find a wide open shot. It’s beautiful basketball. But an offense like this doesn’t ‘just happen’… Especially if your method is simply finding 7 better-than-average […]Continue reading
If you’re coaching a youth basketball team, playing against a 2-3 zone can be incredibly difficult.
Your players will often be forced to throw up long-distance shot attempts which have very little chance of going in the hoop.
The ‘Trilogy’ 1-3-1 offense will allow your team to get the basketball into the gaps of the opposition’s defense to create scoring opportunities close to the hoop.Continue reading