Purpose:

To work on both off-ball movement in our motion set and shooting.

Setup:

Have players form two lines, one at the top of the arc, one on the left wing. You’ll also need two coaches – one on the right wing, and one on the left hash.

Execution:

  • Player 1 passes to coach on the right wing. Player 2 steps up to set back screen for Player 1, who flares out to left wing.
  • Coach on left wing hits Player 1. Player 2 pops out to free throw line to receive pass from coach on the right wing.
  • Both players shoot and rebound their balls.

Coaching Tips:

  • Emphasize the importance of good footwork – don’t let players build bad habits. They should either be stepping into shots with 1-2 footwork or catching on a jump stop – either way, make sure they aren’t taking any extra steps.

Tips for Younger Athletes:

  • Teach them the importance of consistent eye contact with the passer during the off-ball movement. This helps in better anticipating the pass and preparing for the shot.
  • Focus on developing their ability to quickly adjust their stance and position for shooting after receiving the pass. This includes setting their feet and aligning their body with the basket.
  • Reinforce the concept of spacing on the court. Encourage them to understand their position relative to other players, ensuring they are in a good spot to receive the pass without crowding.

Tips for Older Athletes:

  • Work on advanced shooting techniques, such as quick release and shooting off the dribble, to improve their ability to score in game-like situations.
  • Stress the importance of utilizing screens effectively. This includes reading the defender’s reaction to the screen and choosing the best route (curl, pop, or fade) for an open shot.
  • Encourage them to incorporate fake movements before receiving the pass. This can involve a quick change in direction or a fake cut, making it harder for defenders to predict their next move.