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    Amanda Crumpler

    I feel like we have so much ground to cover that I can’t seem to get to enough done each practice.  I am trying to teach Read and React Offense, yet we still struggle with ball handling and defense, and finishing, etc.  How do I organize practice each week in order to get to it all?

    Joe Gonzalez

    hi amanda,

    i think trying to come up with drills that combine as many different skills as possible is key. for instance, while teaching pass & cut, you can work on different finishes, plus you can have them start the drill with a stationary ball handling move, then pass & cut.  Once you do get the skill down, then you can play a quick 4-on-4 or 5-on-5 half court game with live defense, where you teach the defense how to guard cutters and how to defend one- or two-passes away. Maybe the offense gets no dribbles, or one dribble only? maybe you win the game by getting 3 stops of defense, or 3 baskets in a row on offense? whatever you are trying to focus on. Now you are playing a game working on both offense & defense at the same time — collapsing timeframes.

    if you can create drills/games where you can work on multiple skills at the same time, or create small-sided games of 3-on-3 even, then that will save you tons of time.

    as for how to organize, it depends on how many practices and how much time you have. basketball is usually a long season, so you have time to get everything in eventually. it doesn’t need to be all at once.

    good luck!


    Amanda Crumpler

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful response.

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