Another week, another game…this time we played a friendly against Club Estudiantes Cadete D;Cadete D are the 3rd string 2nd years of the Cadete age group. The plan was to get beat up by a bigger stronger team…but the end of the first quarter we were up by 20+…
So we took out all fast breaks and all of our shots came in the last 3rd of the 24 second shot clock. Our focus now was Half Court Offence. Using the concepts we have been working on for the last month. Back cuts were ok, but the lack of quality pressure meant it wasn’t real. The ball reversals were good, again…not real but the Head Coach was happy that the players were looking to do it. Over all…not what we wanted from the game, but it highlighted some areas to work on.
The sessions so far have been focusing on:
- 2v2 Continuous + 2 passers, this helps us work on off the ball movement
- Face guard…full body on the line of pass
- Defend 1v1 Full Court. You are responsible for your guy and you must control him. Even before he receives the ball. We are going to trap, but this can only work if the on ball defender has has control of the ball handler…he is in control if he is able to turn him.
- The first 3rd of the fast break:- rebound and out let the ball, or the rebounder can dribble…we have also worked on balance, we split the court into 5 lanes…1 down the middle, 2 and 3 down the side lines, 4 and 5 in between middle and side line…either side of lane 1. We fill lanes 2 and 3 then the players following fill 4 and 5. These lanes could easily be for set people, but thats 2 or 3 years away…right now we sprint and have balance.
- We shoot for 1/3 of the session…30mins…this is a demand of the club…most of the time its relaxed with details on the footwork, and the odd competition thrown in.
Face guarding players off the ball, is exposing the on ball defender…this is throwing them in at the deepend and teaching them to realise that they must survive. Head Coach said this idea has 2 objectives…
- They must work hard to keep the ball handler infront…and because we are taking away the passing options this is forcing a 1v1, “You are alone”
- When the on ball defender gets beat, he MUST call ‘help’ or its a lay up.
Head Coach says that at this age, it is not real basketball. Last year all the they taught was 1v1 and Fast breaks, thats it…this is not basketball. But it builds basketball PLAYERS…not teams…! He also mentioned the team we played last week, Fuenlabrada who only pass…pass…pass…this is great to watch, but when also else fails…shot clock is running down…you must be able to create for yourself.
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