To reinforce the off-ball movement techniques we want to use in our offense.
One line at the top of the arc with a ball, one on the left wing. Coach on the right wing.
Player 1 passes to the coach on the wing.
As soon as the ball leaves Player 1’s hands, Player 2 will sprint over to set a screen for the passer.
The coach will pass back to the screener as they pop out to receive the pass.
Player 2 swings the ball to Player 1, who attacks the basket and finishes.
The goal of this drill is to ingrain the idea in our players’ minds that anytime someone makes a pass, we want to screen the passer. The key to a motion offense is off-ball movement, whether it’s the passer screening away or receiving the screen.
Tips for Younger Athletes:
Emphasize the importance of setting a solid, stationary screen. Teach them to keep their feet shoulder-width apart and to avoid leaning or moving when setting the screen.
Encourage vocal communication during the screen setting. The screener should call out the player’s name they are screening for, enhancing teamwork and coordination.
Start teaching basic decision-making skills. Instruct the players to observe the defender’s position and choose whether to cut towards the basket or flare out for a pass.
Tips for Older Athletes:
Focus on the angles of the screens. The screener should position their body in such a way that it creates the most advantageous path for the ball handler.
Encourage players to read the defensive setup and react accordingly. If the defense switches on the screen, the players should know how to exploit the mismatch.
Introduce more complex cutting techniques, like back cuts or curl cuts, based on how the defense reacts to the screen. This will help in developing a more nuanced offensive skill set.