Read and React Success from Abroad : Taiwan

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] I love sharing success stories about the impact of The Read & React Offense! Here’s a story from Taiwan on a three year development using the Read and React Offense! – Rick   We asked Coach Kim Kawamoto , Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach at Taipei American School, to share her success story. As many […]

Running The Read and React : Inside-Out

Can you have an “Inside-Out” philosophy and yet play primarily from a 5 OUT formation? Does your formation have anything to do with having an “Inside-Out” philosophy? I don’t think that many will disagree with me when I say that the team that gets the most shots in the lane usually wins over the long […]

Enhanced Communication Using 3-0 Read and React Drills

At a summer Read and React coaches meeting in Atlanta, during a topic on communication, Rich Cassella of Wagner University described a series of 3-0 Read and React Drills that he has used to build up offensive communication for the players he was worked with.  He has graciously agreed to share those in this post.  Thank you Rich! – […]

Tribe Spotlight: Connecticut Attack – Parent/Coach Perspective

Author Note: A parent turned coach of a former player who wishes to remain anonymous has written this review of Coach Ulysses Garcia,  and the impact of the Read and React Offense being used at the CT Attack (Connecticut Attack) program.  Seven years ago Ulysses Garcia started coaching his oldest daughter’s sixth grade South Windsor travel team. […]

Tribe Spotlight : Connecticut Attack – Think Outside The Box

Author Note: A Division II Coach who wishes to remain anonymous has written this review of Coach Ulysses Garcia,  and the impact of the Read and React Offense being used at the CT Attack (Connecticut Attack) program.  As coaches, we always hear the phrase, “Think outside the box”. We are encouraged to think unconventionally to find new ways […]

What I Learned From Coach T.J. Rosene’s First Practice

  Just a couple of days ago, I had the fortune of watching Coach TJ Rosene’s first practice for the 2016-2017 season. Coach Rosene is the head men’s coach of the Emmanuel College Lions basketball team.  Not everyone may be familiar with Coach Rosene, but his teams through the years have been featured on Better Basketball videos […]

What I Learned This Summer : Whose Turn Is It?

In my previous post, I pointed out that I had the pleasure and opportunity to work with 20+ teams and their coaching staffs this past summer.  These teams ranged from youth teams to college teams from a single team of eight players to a multiple team organization of 100+ players on multiple courts at the […]

What I Learned This Summer : You Are Not Alone

This past summer I had the pleasure and opportunity to work with 20+ teams and their coaching staffs. These teams ranged from youth teams to college teams from a single team of eight players to a multiple team organization of 100+ players on multiple courts at the same time.  This experience took me through Maine, […]

Invitation Screens – Players in the Post

The post principle that was talked about in the post called “Real Estate with Players in the Post” and is part of Read & React Layer 6: Post Screens states you must have a good reason to change sides of the lane. One of those reasons would be an invitation screen from a cutting teammate. […]

Real Estate With Players In the Post

In the last 3-­part post called “Intelligent Drives : Training Dribble Penetration,” we discussed what “Real Estate” is, Reading “Real Estate”, and two ways to create “Real Estate”. But what if you have a player in the post, do you lose the opportunity to create and use “Real Estate”? The answer is no you do not, but you do have to veer away from traditional post player thinking.

Intelligent Drives : Training Dribble Penetration : Part 3

  A clever ball handler that wants to drive to the basket can create “Real Estate” for themselves by simply Dribbling-At a teammate.  The teammate cutting to the basket, creates the opportunity for for the ball handler to “Draft Drive”.   By training ball-handlers using the “At-At-Draft” drill, ball-handlers can learn  larger than normal “Real […]

Intelligent Drives : Training Dribble Penetration : Part 2

When your players move the ball, cut, and move their defenders and have good spacing, you are going to create open space where you can train your ball-handlers to drive called “Real Estate”. With the “Click-Click-Draft” drill, we exaggerate the amount of space normally created so your players can begin to see intelligent driving areas […]

Intelligent Drives : Training Dribble Penetration : Intro

As a coach, I have experienced frustration many times when a player drives to the basket at the most inappropriate time, drives at the correct time only to drive in the wrong direction and directly into a helping defender, or freezes, and does not drive, when there is a clear path to the basket to […]

Circle Movement : Getting The Player Wheel to Turn – Part 4

  The last drill we will discuss and diagram in this series to help all players without the ball to learn the reaction habits they need, is called the “Click-Click-Boom” drill.   I picked up the terminology used and name for this drill while working with PGC Basketball – Essentials Course this past summer.  PGC Basketball does […]

Circle Movement : Getting The Player Wheel to Turn – Part 3

  The third drill we are going to discuss and diagram, is the “Attack-Fade-Fill” Drill. I have found that players really like this drill, primarily because I include a shooting machine, The Gun (from Shoot-a-way.com) and by using this, they get a lot of shots during the drill.  There are multiple ways to set the drill […]

Circle Movement : Getting The Player Wheel to Turn – Part 2

  In part 1 we talked about why and how to get players to circle move correctly and consistently.  The answer to these questions is daily repetition and drilling.  Now we are are going to talk about the three drills that involve all 5 players that trains the reaction habits. The first drill we will […]

Circle Movement : Getting The Player Wheel to Turn – Part 1

The last weekend of July and the first weekend of August, I was lucky enough to spend time with Rick Torbett and like-minded Read and React coaches, first in Altanta, GA for the Revolution Summit and then at a Read and React clinic in Aberdeen, WA. Both events were amazing, and I learned so much […]

Villanova Wildcats – Horns Curl Roll

Villanova used this play against Kansas in the NCAA Elite 8. They roll the ball screener off of the other horns post into the lane. Then once the ball is in the post, the opposite big dives down the lane for a dunk. [iframe src=”https://app.krossover.com/e/1fn6″ width=”100%” height=”500″]

North Carolina Tar Heels – Drag Motion

North Carolina used this play against Indiana in the Sweet 16. It is a hard play to guard because of the various actions occurring. The initial back screen off of the ball screen roll (Spain action) can often open up a lob. If that isn’t there, they look for a staggered shot on the left […]

Iowa State Cyclones – Floppy Pick & Roll Action

Iowa State used this play in the first half against Iona to get a 2-man game going on the left side. The initial single double option gives the Cyclones shooting options as well. [iframe src=”https://app.krossover.com/e/1dmd” width=”100%” height=”500″]

Playing 3-on-3 for Player Development

The following article was shared to us by Coach Randy Brown. Randy does a tremendous job sharing various elements of the game in his email newsletter. As we are in the “off-season” improvement time, consider incorporating 3 on 3 as the anchor to your approach. Here are some ideas on how to maximize 3-on-3 in your workouts: […]

Tribe Spotlight: St Catherine Basketball

This week’s Tribe Spotlight features Steve Manne, the CYM Basketball Coordinator and Head Coach at St Catherine Parish (grades 9 through 12). From its inception the program has prioritized leadership development and community building both on and off the court. Manne’s teams have run the Read & React since 2011. Our CYM basketball program is for […]

Defending Sideline Pick & Rolls

Today I am going to discuss what I think is one of the most effective technique to defend sideline pick & rolls. A sideline (or side) pick & roll is anything set from around the free-throw line extended area or below. If you refer back my previous post “Defending Middle Pick & Rolls”, all of those […]