December 7, 2001, Newsletter Issue #35: MOTION OFFENSE BASICS

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Simple Motion Principles :
If ball is on top, screen down or back screen for a teammate on each side of the floor. If ball is on wing, screen away for a teammate. Catch and hold the ball
for a 2 count,looking for cutters. Post players post up for a 2 count, then go away to screen for a teammate. You can use the three point arc to help you keep proper spacing. Players without the ball should use the V-cut to get
open and show a target hand where you want the pass. If overplayed and you can`t get open to receive the ball-go backdoor or go screen for someone else. If defense switches, the screener should ALWAYS step back toward the ball. Screeners can give a visual signal (fist in the air) and/or a verbal call (your teammates name) that they are screening. The offense must talk to each other. Pass away from the defense and hit your teammates target hand. Pass the ball quickly, don`t hold it any longer than a 2 count. Don`t stand, cut or go screen for someone. Be patient. Be quick, but don`t hurry. Use the dribble only to improve the passing angle, drive to basket or get out of trouble.
As a coach, you have to stress shot selection . Your
players must know what type of shot YOU want in your offense, not what THEY think is a good shot. As
you can see there are many ways to run a motion offense.

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