MESSAGE TO PLAYERS: Those who cut the lane must treat the lane with respect; the lane is the #1 killer of the defense; if you can receive the ball or get the ball into the lane more times than your opponent, then on a percentage basis, you will win.

Given how valuable the lane is, cutters must keep it open for their teammates; i.e., if you cut the lane and do not receive the ball, then get out of the lane quicker than you came in!!!! The lane is golden; it is The Bank where you withdraw money (points) for your team; keep the bank open for your teammates after you try to make a withdrawal!!

MESSAGE TO COACHES: Even though you might never score from a backscreen, put in the backscreen layer in order to give your cutters a specific purpose after they cut the lane. With a specific assignment, they have a tendency to clear the lane quicker than they otherwise would.

An added benefit: when a cutter exits the lane with a purpose, they stand a much better chance of drawing their defender out of the lane (helping position). When defenders see you move with a purpose, they tend to go with you in order to guard the situation. This takes defense out of the lane and allows a teammate to use it again.

4 Responses

  1. Cutting and getting out of the lane is so basic. We try to get players to do this all the time. The problem arises when the ball is shot and remains active in the air. That tends be make the lane a battle field. What you say about giving them a job to do after cutting should help. I am still struggling with basic need to keep the lane open. Every one seems to want to go for rebounds. I work on a public play ground coart with all ages. Many still working on their basic skills. I do try to work with them on Level A.1-5. Thanks for making the point so clear.

  2. This is a great thought, but I may disagree slightly. I consider offensive rebounding to be critical to success, and I find it difficult to train my kids to get out of the lane quickly, but also be in good rebounding position when shots go up. I’d rather have the lane a bit clogged up but have 4 out of 5 players pounding the glass (with one player back for floor balance). Interested in your thoughts…?

  3. I am just putting in RR after the DVD and Dallas clinic into my entire program. I am going pass&cut, post pass&cut, then back screen, then multiple screens. Perhaps the name should be Read & Attack! I am selling it as attacking the hoop. It is awesome after day two.

    1. Love the BANK reference for the lane. I started using the R&R for many reasons, but #1 was my kids passed and watched. There was little movement and a lot of standing and observing what the player with the ball was doing. The pass and cut is a great way to get kids moving and I believe it has improved our offensive rebounding due to the movement. The kids aren’t standing, therefore making them an easy target for a box out. Since they are constantly on the move, repositioning on circle movement, cutting and backcutting, the opportunity for rebounding a missed shot has increased. The cutter almost always has the position advantage on the defender chasing them. Same for the CIRCLE MOVEMENT. Repositioning constantly makes it harder for the defender to find you and box out. I got so tired of yelling at my players “why are you just standing there watching? Rebound!”. There is far less of that with the R&R pass and cut, circle movement, ect. The R&R, as Coach Tucker has stated, places your team in more of an attack mode and that includes offensive rebounding. “HUNT” “Pressure the rim” are terms Rick used at the clinic in Dallas. Even before I started using R&R, I told my kids before every game…attack, attack, attack…dictate how the game is played. The R&R just made it easier to do!

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