Putting Pressure on the Rim

The Read & React Offense applies North/South pressure on the rim with almost every layer. Because any initial attack on the rim must be addressed by the defense, often it is the secondary attack (when the defense is out of position) that leads to the score.

Clip 1: Dribble Penetration by the wing puts pressure on the rim. It requires help defenders to stop the drive, but Circle Movement places the receiver in the best passing window.

Clip 2: Here, the Speed Dribble is used to initiate a basket cut. This puts pressure on the rim and ultimately creates space for the penetrator.

Clip 3: This honest Basket Cut combined with Post Blocking occupies the defense preventing them from helping quickly enough to stop the drive.

Clip 4: Feeding the Post, even the High Post, puts pressure on the rim by initiating a basket cut. In this clip, the cutter must be fouled to prevent the lay-up.

Clip 5: In this scenario, pressure on the rim is achieved in a different manner. The post player gets the defense’s attention because of her aggressive post move. This sets up the Relocate Cut for the shot.

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  1. Jim says:

    The execution of read and react principles are so simple and yet so effective as it is demonstrated in these clips. It is really a joy to see and coach!

  2. Dave T says:

    Great stuff. Side note: I viewed Geno Auriema’s latest practice DVD set & some of his offensive teaching appears to implement several R and R principles. It’s very interesting to see these principles pop up when you know what to look for.

  3. Arden says:

    Coach this is great. We have implemented the R & R in our youth feeder program. The girls are more confident and assertive because they know where to go and how to react when something happens on the court. For years we have struggled to teach offensive team skills and hit on many of the R & R layers but never had an organized, thought out plan for teaching them. My 6th graders run only 1 set offensive play (Coach Wooden’s 4 up) and when we have gone through the options they fall back to the Read and React to complete the possession or if the defense stops a look the reactions built with the R & R gives each player the confidence to continue the play. By the way, the UCLA offense was easy to teach after teaching the Read and React. It was basically telling the kids that this layer does this in the UCLA offense that layer does that. These video clip of the University of Iowa will help the kids greatly in their understanding of the R & R. Like Dave T said, once you know what to look for it is obvious. Thanks

  4. robert rowe says:

    This Iowa club really demonstrates the fluid execution of these principles. It’s just great to watch.