Purpose:

To practice the pick and pop action.

Setup:

Players form two lines, one at the top of the arc, one on the wing. The line at the top of the arc will start with the ball.

Players execute the screen and pop, Player 1 hits Player 2 who takes the jump shot

Execution:

  • Player 2 sprints up to set a ball screen for Player 1.
  • Player 1 takes a dribble away, then uses the screen and penetrates.
  • Player 2 pops out, sets feet, and gets ready to catch and shoot when Player 1 makes the pass.

Coaching Tips:

  • Depending on the screener’s range, have them pop out to an appropriate spot – if they aren’t comfortable shooting threes, make sure they are popping out to that 15-17 foot range – or closer, whatever they are comfortable with.
  • Emphasize the importance of timing between the screener and the ball handler. The screener should wait for the right moment to pop out to ensure they are open for the pass.
  • Encourage clear communication between the players. The ball handler should verbally signal or use hand gestures to coordinate the screen and pop action, ensuring both players are in sync during the play.

Tips for Younger Athletes:

  • Focus on the fundamentals of setting a solid screen. Teach them how to position their body safely and effectively to create space for the ball handler.
  • Stress the importance of footwork. Young players should learn to pivot and position their feet correctly before taking the shot after popping out.
  • Encourage them to keep their eyes up and be aware of their surroundings. This will help them in making better decisions, like whether to shoot or pass after popping out.

Tips for Older Athletes:

  • Work on refining their decision-making skills. After setting the screen, they should quickly assess whether to take the shot, drive to the basket, or pass based on the defense’s reaction.
  • Improve their speed and agility in the pop out phase. Older players should practice quickly getting into an open position after setting the screen, without sacrificing their shooting form.
  • Emphasize advanced communication techniques, like non-verbal cues or specific play calls, to enhance coordination between the screener and the ball handler in complex game situations.