Practice Planning Thoughts

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series Practice

Just a quick soapbox on practice planning.

You sit down with your staff. Maybe you are the staff.  It’s time to plan practice.  What are we going to do?

Well we need to work on ball handling, and we need to shoot some.  We need to work on closeouts.

But man our offense is awful. We don’t see open cutters. We don’t cut hard.  Why don’t they cut all the way to the basket?  Why does our PG stand still when he passes?  Why don’t we reverse the ball?  We gotta work on this offense.  We need to put in another layer today too.  But we don’t do the ones we have now.  Man this is frustrating.

Sound familiar?  The list of questions goes on and on doesn’t it?

Instead of thinking about why we don’t, maybe we should think about why we can’t.

Maybe we don’t see cutters because we can’t see them.  Maybe we aren’t confident with the ball in our hands?  Maybe we only see the defender guarding us?

Maybe we don’t cut hard because we know we aren’t going to get the ball because our teammate can’t get it to us?  Maybe we don’t trust our teammate to handle the pressure and we have to be ready to run back on defense because he can’t take care of the ball?

Maybe it’s the same for our PG?  Maybe he wants to be available as an outlet just in case his teammate needs it?

Maybe we don’t reverse the ball because we take bad shots very quickly?  Maybe we shoot it because we can’t do anything else without turning it over?  Maybe we can’t pivot and pass to our left without a jump ball or turnover? A missed shot is better than a turnover right?

The R&R is not the magic bullet.  Neither is the triangle, the flex, Princeton, or the Super Secret Handy Dandy play that is guaranteed to score every time.

Teach skills.  Practice skills.  Drill skills.

Use R&R building blocks to do all that.  Sure that’s fine.  But emphasize the skills, the footwork, the technique.  It’s going to make your offense look a whole lot better.

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