Players- Here’s the situation: Season has begun and you find yourself wanting to bring something to your team that can immediately affect the outcome of the game. But you don’t have time to acquire a new skill like shooting, or point-guard-dribbling-abilities, or ten more pounds of muscle. (Those kind of things take time – usually off-season time.)

So, what can you bring RIGHT NOW that does not take time, training, and repetition to acquire?! What can you bring to today’s practice or today’s game simply by making a focused effort to actually “bring it”?

Every time a shot is taken, whether you are on offense or defense (but especially defense), HIT SOMEBODY!

Now, I could put it in these terms: “Within the confines of the rules of the game and contingent upon the leniency of the officials in today’s game, make sure that you make bodily contact with an opponent – preferably the one you are responsible for guarding, but anyone in an odd-colored jersey will do.”

But, that just doesn’t carry the same sense of urgency that “HIT SOMEBODY” does! It’s a contact game. Take advantage of that fact and hinder the rebounding effectiveness of at least ONE of your oppenents.

I don’t care if you’re between them and the goal and can execute a classic block-out the way your coach has taught, or if you’re beside them or behind them and can only get a leg or a forearm on them – MAKE CONTACT! If they react and lean on you or push back, then they cannot jump or move laterally as quickly as they ordinarily could. If they don’t push back, then displace them. Don’t worry, officials talk a good game about calling “displacement”, but not really. If they do call it, then you can adjust how much you displace them on the next shot. That’s why you’re given 5 fouls – so that you can test the limits!

Here’s a side benefit of HITTING SOMEONE when you’re on defense: If the player you’re “hitting” is a good offensive rebounder, someone with a “nose for the ball”, he/she will lead you to the rebound! How nice is that?!

I’ll give you another Skill without a Drill soon!

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  1. stevesanagustin says:

    Definitely will have to give this a try. I have been using the R&R (emphasis on Layers 1,2,3,4,& 7) system for Three months now. As a newbie coach with an undersized average players men’s team we have been pretty successful in outscoring the opponents in the first half. But by the second half the defense have adjusted to our offense and will stop our pass and cut by hitting, disrupting our cutters from the lane, filling out and disrupting our passing game. Three games so far and we have been outmatched and outplayed and although my players are really excited about the R&R offense, frustration is slowly gaining momentum.

    We run a 2-3 zone defense so I will try implement this ” MAKE CONTACT” within the confines of the rules of the game on our next defensive drill practice.

    1. Kyle Gilreath says:

      My high school team has been defended similarly the past two games. Watch film with your players, if the defense is jumping to the ball, re-inforce hard rear cuts before they can make contact. Additionally, if the defense is playing so aggressive on the ball and taking away passing lanes, look for draft drives and dribble-at backdoors.

  2. larry@33 says:

    You may need to look at X cuts also. If defenders are not allowing you to cut, screen away.