Post Pass – Part

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series Post Play

2 players 1 action

Just as with the other layers, Post Passing will initially be taught with a 2-player building block. A player on the wing will pass to the post player and cut to the basket.  The post player will pass the ball back to the cutter.  This building block should be run from both sides with perimeter players and post players in various possible locations (e.g. high post player and corner perimeter player).

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2 players 2 actions (permanent post)

You might ask, “What action can come next?” With only one other player on the floor and the ball in the post, the other actions are a little limited.  However, what would that cutter do if the post player faced up from the low post and drove baseline?

Most likely the cutter would be out of the lane.  They would be filling the corner spot for the drift pass.  Interesting huh?  Maybe this is a little advanced for youth teams.  However, as much as I like to teach post players to face the basket, this becomes a pretty important reaction.

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2 players 1 defender 1 or 2 actions (permanent post)

Now we can start working on that post entry in a more game like scenario. The defender can guard the perimeter player or the post player.  What do you want to work on?  Post Defense?  Guarding the Laker Cut?  Post entry with pressure?  Do you want to make this more challenging for the defense?  Give the perimeter player freedom to do more than pass the ball to the post player.

Do you allow the post player to have position?  Do you force them to earn position?  Do they come from the weak side or from the perimeter?  Is the offensive player allowed to make the lob pass to the post?  Have you taught the lob pass yet?  This might be a good time.  How long does the drill last?  Can the post player score?  Do they have to hit the cutter?  So many things can be taught with this one building block.

2 players 2 defenders 1 or 2 actions (permanent post)

Now we play 2 on 2 while we work on the skills we taught in the the previous building block.  Maybe we teach one or two skills and play 2 on 2 emphasizing those skills. Maybe the perimeter can only pass to the post?  Maybe they can do whatever they want.  Maybe the ball starts in the post.  Maybe the perimeter player starts under the basket and fills to the wing and catches a pass from a coach.  Maybe both players are on the weak side and the drill starts with a skip pass, which would force the perimeter defender to close out.  There are so many different ways to design this building block.  Different choices will emphasize different skills.  Yet, we are always teaching the offensive actions with every repetition.

3 players 1 action (permanent post)

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In this building block, there is a third player on the court.  On the post entry pass, this player fills the open spot vacated by the cutter.  This breakdown can also be run with the player in the corner.  This would reinforce the habit of filling up from the corner.  The post player has the option of scoring or kicking back out to the perimeter.  Since this is a 1-action building block, if the post player doesn’t score, the player who catches the pass from the post should take a shot.  Any other action from the perimeter player would require reaction from the other two players.  Your players may be ready to progress there, which is great.  Regardless, cutters should build the habit of finding weak side rebounds when the shot goes up.

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3 player 2 actions (permanent post)

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This building block starts just like the previous one except when the post kicks the ball back to the perimeter, this player must execute another layer of the offense.  This could be another post pass after a repost.  An Attack dribble action would provide the opportunity to drill Circle movement/baseline adjustment and post slides as well.  Both players without the ball in this drill must react appropriately to this next action. Once players are comfortable with this layer, the coach can start the ball in with any of the three players and let them execute freely as long as they include one post pass.  The coach must consider though that after two or three actions, the timing will no longer be realistic.

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3 players 1 defender 1, 2 or 3 actions (permanent post)

There are three different people to defend.  There are three different places to start the ball.  If you add a coach, there’s a fourth.  I would recommend limiting the drill to three actions in order to preserve the timing of the actions.  

3 players 2 defenders 1, 2, or 3 actions (permanent post)

This one is even more interesting than the last one.  This one (actually the rest of these) probably deserve their own individual post. You’re able to review many of the previously covered defensive concepts in addition to concepts regarding defending the post player in a variety of different ways.

3 players 3 defenders 1, 2, or 3 actions (permanent post)

See above. (Further detail on the combination of actions including this action will be included in the Combining Actions section in the Appendix).

4 players Up to 4 defenders with unlimited actions  (permanent post)

This building block is a 3 out 1 in breakdown.  This is great for a 4 out 1 in or 3 out 2 in alignment. It might as well be considered shell offense.  There are enough players ont he court to execute any number of actions without affecting the timing of the actions.  As with the previous building block, in the learning stages, the first action that players should execute is the pass to the post.  Then players can execute other actions when the post makes the kick out to the perimeter.  The post player should be encouraged to kick out to different players to increase the variety of the actions and reactions.  At some point, coaches can give players the freedom to execute actions with at least one or more of these actions being a Post Pass.

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