January 2, 2004, Newsletter Issue #143: CONTINUITY OFFENSE-ON THE RIGHT TRACK

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There are certain types of Continuity Offenses that I like to call "Track Offenses". Track Offenses have a continuous pattern to them, but react to defensive strategies by changing the pattern in mid stream.

In a track offense, players must stay on one "track" until the need for a counter to the defense switches "tracks"(much like a train on a track) and sends the play into a different set.

I think that these are the best types of pattern offenses, as they enable the offense to "read and react" to how the defense is playing. The offense can then make a variety of cuts to "counter" the defensive overplays. Offensive teammates need to be aware of their teammates moves and have an understanding of "relative motion". This can best be described as realizing how one player fits into the space on the floor, given the relative positioning of the other players, both offensive and defensive. A track offense may ensure that this proper spacing occurs. Then, you`ll be on the RIGHT TRACK!

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