Why waste valuable practice time jogging around the court or doing two-line lay-ups? Integrate the Read & React reaction drills into as much as your practice as possible. And, be creative. TJ Rosene shows you two warm up drills that he uses every day before his team stretches, but these examples could easily be tweaked for your players, your gym, the layers you want to emphasize, or even the layers you are about to teach.

3 Goal Warm Up

Goal #1: Safety Valve

Start with a line in the corner and the ball on the wing. Wing drives left forcing the Corner to circle move left. Wing gets stopped, reverse pivots, and hits the Safety Valve for the shot. Wing rebounds and dribbles to Goal #2. Safety Valve stays to become the Wing.

Goal #2: Front or Rear Cut

Start with a Wing. Ball from Goal #1 dribbles to the guard spot, passes to the Wing, and cuts to the basket. Wing passes to the cutter for a lay-up. The passer gets the rebound and dribbles to Goal #3. The shooter fills out to the Wing to become the next passer.

Goal #3: Shape Up 3

Start with a Coach at the point. Ball from Goal #2 dribbles to the Wing spot, passes to the Point, and cuts to the basket. The Wing doesn’t get the pass back and instead fills out to set a Back Screen for the imaginary opposite Wing. After the screen is set, the screener shapes up for a 3-point shot. Shooter gets the rebound and dribbles back to Goal #1.

4 Goal Warm Up

Goal #1: Natural Pitch

Start with a line at the point and a player on the Wing. Point penetrates North-South left forcing the Wing to circle move to the Corner. Point pitches to the Corner for the shot. Shooter gets the rebound and dribbles to Goal #2. Point becomes the Wing.

Goal #2: Laker Cuts

Start with a Coach in the Post. Dribbler from Goal #1 stops at the Wing and feeds the Post. Passer chooses Laker Cut High or Laker Cut Low for the lay-up. Shooter gets the rebound and dribbles to Goal #3.

Goal #3: Dribble At

Start with a player at the Point. Dribbler from Goal #2 Dribbles At the Point forcing the Basket Cut. Dribbler bounce passes to the cutter for the lay-up. Shooter gets the rebound and dribbles to Goal #4. Passer becomes the Point.

Goal #4: Baseline Drive

Start with a player in the opposite Corner. Dribbler from Goal #3 drives Baseline. The Corner starts to Circle Move, but then must come back to the corner position to fill the Natural Pitch window. Avoiding the charge, the penetrator passes to that Natural Pitch for the shot. Shooter gets the rebound and dribbles back to Goal #1. Passer replaces the shooter in the Corner.

12 Responses

  1. Thanks Coach Rossen for the video. We currently use a four goal warm up with safety valve, pass and cut, dribble penetration with ptich and dribble at to mix in the shots and lay ups of the offense. Kids are 12 and 13 and are nearing saturation with layers 1,3,4 in a 5 out set. This warm up works nicely to balance our ball handling warm up.

  2. To get passers to find the backdoor cutters while playing 5/5, what/how would you drilll them? Put a defender on the passer in a 2/2 or 3/3 drill? We are driving to the goal and our cutters are open but we don’t seem to see them. We have been doing this for about 9 practices now. Thank you for all you do for us.

  3. We’ve been using this same idea for warm up prior to stretching with our high school team. It works wonderfully. Every thing we do is “read & react” related. Our lay-up drill at beginning of practice and games includes back cuts with deny defender, close out. Our conditioning during practice includes our press break and different layers of “read & react”. The goal is that the movements all become second nature.

    Love the “read & react”

    Coach McGill

  4. Coach,

    Wow, Our team is coming close to a 100% R&R team. Our kids love it. Your approach to the drills is enlightening. It keeps the kids active and involved. We have always struggled with the one drill at a time approach. We will definitely implement this technique in our practices this year. I will be spending the next few hours searching the internet for more drill ideas.


    Coach Christensen

  5. Coach Rosene:
    Good evening. This a great way to ingrain the read and react required actions into the team! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas on how we could use the space we have and make this “real” for our team!

  6. Yoshi, these drills appear to do the exact opposite of having players stand around. If you are using 3-4 (or even 6) baskets, players are cycling non-stop from one hoop to the next. This looks like a great way to warm up. I’m going to try this approach at an upcoming practice.

  7. One thing is practising the RnR, but how much of this can we see in a game?
    I know there is examples we can watch, but watching the RnR in a full game would be even more exciting. Getting the whole thing together and watch a entire game would definetly be something to learn from as a coach and as a player.

    Do we get to see these teams in full game action?

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