Pass, Cut, & Fill: Implementation Plan (Whole)

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Passing Actions

5 offensive players and 5 defenders
We can really show the WHOLE picture at this point.  We can review defensive positioning based on the ball and the player. We can review the defensive concepts what we’ve covered so far. We can also show how we will defend cutters and provide help on cutters. Remember cutters are closely related to post players. So we can mention post defense even though we might not really spend a lot of time talking about it. We don’t spend a lot of time here. However, seeing the whole puzzle picture helps the smaller pieces make sense. Again, it doesn’t matter what defensive philosophy you employ.

5 offensive players
This may be a good time to review everything that has been covered so far.   What happens when someone attacks off the dribble?  What happens when someone dribble’s-at a player?  What happens when a player drives baseline?  What happens when a player drives with a player in or around the lane?  

Your choice to review is optional. I’m going to let you know that many players are going to default to this passing layer, because it’s comfortable to them. They think “because coach is in the gym, I have to pass the ball.” They might think “I don’t want to dribble because I know my teammates aren’t completely comfortable with those reactions yet and I don’t want to make them look bad.”  They might think “I would only drive when my defender is out of position and since there is no defense it doesn’t make sense to drive.”

I think it’s important to keep these actions in their minds.  They must continue to practice the habits.  They must not forget that dribbling is important just because they can pass now.  I want players to learn to use the dribble to create and execute offense, and score but not just score.  I want players to be comfortable with reacting to the dribble.  I want players to learn to visualize defense when it isn’t there.  I know this is the Pass, Cut, & Fill layer.  It just drives me crazy to watch teams “run the play” when there is a clear scoring opportunity and the players are being robots instead of basketball players.

Back on task….

5 offensive players 1 action
Players will start at the 5 perimeter spots.  The ball can start with any player.  Players pass, cut, and fill without defense.  Place emphasis on straight hard cuts to the rim.  Players without the ball must fill one pass away spots aggressively.  Passers must ball fake the cutter before the next perimeter pass is made.  This is used to show the whole layer.  Significant time does not need to be spent on this building block.

You can show this layer from any of the 3 main alignments.  It is up to the coach and the personnel.  Regardless, the rules stay the same. When a shot is taken, players rebound.  When a player drives right, everyone rotates right.  When a player drives left, everyone rotates left.  When someone dribble’s at another player, that player cuts back door. When a player drives baseline, 4 windows must be filled. When a player pass, that player cuts. It’s pretty straight forward.  It all sounds pretty simple.  Some players may struggle with it all initially.  But they will learn it.  And when they do, they will be very hard to guard.

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