A common mistake made by coaches of junior players is to introduce a series of set offenses that the players learn as automatons. This results in the players moving in a set pattern (regardless of whether or not that move makes sense having regard to what the defence is doing) with little understanding of why that movement is correct or incorrect in the circumstances.

They do not master the tactical decisions and technical fundamentals that are required in these moves and this often results in a poorly executed offence.

Instead, young players should be introduced to a motion offence that is based upon technical and tactical fundamentals. In addition to the concepts of floor spacing and player movement, we need to add to the concepts of ball reversal and player movement and principles when and how, dribble should be used.

Principles for Dribble Penetration

On dribble penetration the dribbler should:

  • Go at the defender’s hips/shoulders;
  • Be a scorer first;
  • Get both feet inside the key on penetration;
  • Come to a jump stop (one count) in the key;
  • Use of shot and foot fakes to create penetration opportunities.

Receivers’ Principle

The receivers’ principles dictate the movement of the team mates after dribble penetration:

Receiver Spots

There are four receiver spots in the keyway, and two of these can be filled on dribble penetration.

Introducción de lugares de receptores 3x0

Los lugares de receptores pueden introducirse 3x0, con un jugador que se mueva a un lugar cerca de la canasta y el otro compañero de equipo en frente del driblador.

5 Out Receivers

To introduce the principle for 5x0, a line above the block (about half way to the free throw line) dictates that anyone on or below the line gets to a Receiver spot at the basket

Increasingly in basketball, teams look to score from outside shots, particularly after first driving into the key. This can equally be effective for junior athletes, however their shooting is not usually as accurate and consistent from the perimeter.

Accordingly, once 5 players are introduced, having players “spot up” on the perimeter is important as well as having players inside the keyway.

In “5 out” (no post players) the receivers’ principles are:

  • At least two players inside the key (including the dribbler)
  • Player opposite the dribbler flares for the perimeter shot
  • Player on the same side as the dribbler moves behind the dribbler, as an outlet pass. They should not get too close though as they do not want their defender to put pressure on Player 4.
  • Player at the top of the key remains back on defensive balance
Penetrate and Kick Receivers
Receiver's Principles
Receiver's Principles