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 from everyone I interacted with. It also helped to understand that I am not alone in most of the issues I have coaching the Read and React Offense incorrectly. Other coaches with more experience had or are having the same issues. It was great to hear Rick’s and the other coaches’ solutions/suggestions to the those issues.
A question that was asked of Rick in one form or another several times was, “How do I get my players to Circle Move Correctly and Consistently?”
Rick provided some suggestions and also opened it up to other coaches to provide solutions. The collective answer to the questions was repetition and drilling every day. The answer reminded me of something I remembered Rick saying on Read and React Workouts 101 : Week 5, Workout 9 . I went back to my notes for that workout and reread them. Below is what I wrote in my notes and it explains why that question always comes up:
“With the exception of one decision, post up instead of filling out in layer 2, layers 1-6 (The Foundation in the New Read and React), the foundation are all about the reaction to the actions of the ball handler. If we cannot stay coordinated with all 5 players using these 6 layers, then we have continuity to the offense, and it will break down into a 1-on-1 or 2-on-2, which we cannot allow. The rest of the layers, with few exceptions, are all about the decisions that players can make when they are in the decision box (the lane). In the decision box you have time to think. You do not have time to think when you are reading the ball and reacting. The first 6 layers need movement that is instant, correct and non-thinking. Players must form reaction habits that will free up their minds to make decisions in the decision box. We do not want a player to be thinking how they should be moving. We want their feet to be already moving, so their mind is free to consider their Next Best Action (NBA) if the ball is passed to them. When players think, their feet move slower. That’s why layers 1-6 are reaction layers, not thinking layers. They have nothing to do with intelligence or basketball IQ. The secret of layers 1-6 lies in repetition and drilling on a daily basis to develop those reaction habits.”
Now, that we know that daily repetition and drilling are the answer to to how to get players to circle move correctly and consistently, the next question is usually, “What drills are best to use?” Rick and the other coaches at the Summit and Clinic provided several great drills that can be used that involve all five players on the floor. In the next three parts of this series, each drill will be diagrammed and explained.
[author ]Loren Tillman has been coaching for over 15 years at all levels of basketball. Coach Tillman started running the Read and React 8 years ago with a 4th grade boys AAU team. He has installed it with great success as a Girls High School Head Coach and for the last three years as a Boys High School Head Coach in the Seatlle, WA area. Coach Tillman is also involved with PGC Basketball, most recently as a basket instructor for their summer courses.