Attack Dribble: Baseline Drive Adjustment Description

This entry is part 10 of 24 in the series Dribbling Actions

The Baseline Drive Adjustment completes the Attack Dribble layer of the Read and React Offense. Since many defenses force ball-handlers baseline, it becomes critical that players react properly to baseline drives. Driving baseline is a great way to attack defenses. The slight modifications in the Baseline Drive adjustment are not difficult to acquire through repetition.

The Baseline Drive Adjustment says that on any baseline drive, 4 windows must be filled.  These windows are shown in the diagram below.

When teaching the Baseline Drive adjustment, it is important to emphasize that receivers have the freedom to be located anywhere in the windows as long as the attacker can see them. Reactors must be within their scoring range and ready to receive the next pass. In order for the initiator to achieve a passing angle for the natural pitch player in the corner and avoid an offensive foul, it may be necessary for the attacker to jump out of bounds to make the pass. This pass may not come naturally to most players and must be drilled as part of the building blocks of this layer so that players can be comfortable making it with either hand.

Many penetrations that begin on the wing turn into baseline drives.  With proper spacing and floor balance in a 5 out configuration, the baseline drive should only come from the corner position.  A drive from any other position should be considered a regular Circle Movement drive. However, in 4 out 1 in or 3 out 2 in configurations, drives from the wing or corner should be considered baseline drives if no other players are between the attacker and the baseline.  Again, it is important for players to understand that the natural pitch and the safety must always be available for the attacker.

Post reactions to dribble penetration are covered in the next layer.  The reactions that players in the post will have for baseline drives will be the same as what they will learn in the next layer. This is a good introduction to post slides even though they will be covered in-depth in the next layer.

In a 3 out 2 in alignment, the post players should always fill the 45-degree and 90 degree windows.  This means that the perimeter players are always responsible for the safety and natural pitch windows.  In this alignment, perimeter players are required to cover a lot more of the court than they would in other formations in order to get to their windows on the baseline drive.

In a 4 out 1 in formation, the post should fill the 90-degree window on most baseline drives.  Another way to say this is that no matter where the post is during a baseline drive, they are responsible for filling the ball side elbow, unless there is a player at that elbow already. This opens up the 45-degree and natural pitch for the perimeter players to fill. The situations that the post should fill the 45-degree window will be discussed as other layers are added.

In a 5 out formation, the windows are pretty simply filled. If there happens to be a cutter in the lane at the same time as the baseline drive, they would fill the closest elbow and the other perimeter players would adjust accordingly.

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