Part III: Importance of Fundamentals

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series R&R Intro

The offensive system and style of play described here are grounded in the individual and team fundamentals of offense.  The fundamentals are the ingredients for success.  They are not the icing on the cake or even prerequisites.  The fundamentals ARE the offense.  Not only is the offense a means to score points in game situations, it also becomes a conduit for improving players’ weaknesses on both ends of the floor.

The complication of the system is not in its individual layers, but in the habitual execution of the fundamentals required.  The list of offensive fundamentals is quite long.  When defensive fundamentals are added to this last, the list becomes longer.  As a result, an organized and detailed plan is needed for the organized and progressive instruction of all skills required to be a good player and to build a good team with the Read & React.

Players and teams who are strong fundamentally will pick up the offensive concepts quickly and will enjoy playing this way.  Players and teams who are not fundamentally strong may struggle initially in the proper execution of this style of play.  The team concepts of spacing, floor balance, and movement, along with the individual skills of ball handling, passing, cutting, and footwork are required in order to run this offense successfully. Naturally, they are required to run any offense successfully.  The great thing about the Read and React is that the fundamentals are all that is needed to make this offense work. The offense allows coaches to teach these fundamentals with every repetition of every drill.

The success of the offense relies on the habitual execution of fundamental skills. Changing habits is tough and can take a long time.  Whether these habits are learned habits or bad habits, if they are not in line with the Read and React, they must be changed in order to implement this offense.  The habits and instincts that constitute the Read and React can take time to learn. Just as every player learns math at a different pace, the same will apply to these habits. However, they are all habits that do not take any kind of special ability and can be learned through consistent proper repetition.

These same fundamentals that players must execute offensively must also be defended in order for teams to have success.  Regardless of a coach’s defensive philosophy, a coach can use the Read & React system to teach defensive concepts and fundamental skills as well. The lack of predictability in the offense helps prepare defenses for opponent’s offenses. Defending an unpredictable offense in practice makes defending a predictable offense in games easier.

Careful and detailed teaching methods must be used to reinforce the importance of the basic fundamentals to the success of the offense.  Consistent offensive success in the Read & React will not occur based solely on player positioning and movement.  Offensive success is achieved through the consistent execution of offensive fundamentals in conjunction with specific movements and positioning.

When coaches are teaching these fundamentals, the offense is being taught.  Coaches don’t have to teach the fundamentals and go back and teach the offense.  They can and should be taught together.  While these fundamentals should be taught in any offensive system, many coaches stress the movements and positioning of the offense instead of the offensive fundamentals required to execute the offense.  When implemented properly, this offense will improve the skills of your players as well as the effectiveness of your team.

I know you’re waiting for some R&R details. We get started in Part IV, “The Basics.”

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