Post Play in the R&R: An Overview

This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series Post Play

The 8 C’s of post play was kinda corny and really had nothing to do with the team offense.  I mean, I know it wasn’t bad, but you probably already knew that stuff.  So now let’s get our hands a little dirty and talk about what post play looks like.  I will detail the different options.  This is more of a broad overview of the possibilities.  There is good news and bad news, and it’s all the same news.

Post play can look however you want it to look.  You can play with no posts.  You can play with 1 or 2 posts.  They can be located anywhere you want them to be for as long as you want them to be. They can have 1 rule or 100 rules. It’s completely up to you. The only thing they have to do is something we’ve already taught them to do. They must react to dribble penetration. They must execute their post slides. Other than that you can tailor their locations and actions to their skill sets and your preferences.

So now you’re either excited at the freedom or mad that I haven’t given you anything concrete. Let me try to bridge that gap.

Remember from post slides that a post player is considered any player who is in the post at any given time. A player may not be a post player for more than a couple seconds as they cut to the basket and fill to a spot. However, the longer a possession lasts the more options that exist for potential post players and the more potential for offensive variety.

Post players who have the ball have the same options as perimeter players who have the ball.  They can dribble, pass, or shoot.  I didn’t say all these were good options and you may decide to limit your post players.  That’s another discussion for another time.

The secret to unpredictable offense is post players who can be effective without the ball.  REMEMBER POST PLAYERS ARE ANY PLAYERS WHO ARE IN THE POST AT ANY GIVEN TIME.  MY 5’1″ PG IS A POST PLAYER EVERY TIME SHE CUTS. I HOPE YOURS IS AT LEAST 5’2″.

Your posts can be permanent or temporary.  They can start on the perimeter and finish in the post.  They can start in the post and finish on the perimeter.  They can screen on the ball.  They can screen off the ball.  They can be the recipient of a screen.  They can have one job or may jobs.  What can they do?  How much can they handle?

We’re going to talk about many of those options.  Just remember that just because I haven’t talked about it doesn’t mean it’s not an option. Just because I do talk about it, doesn’t mean it’s an option that you should use.

You have to know your personnel and what works best for them. I would enjoy your thoughts and comments.  Sharing is caring.

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