We’re in the process of updating our Read & React basketball page and in doing so, we’ve created some videos displaying just what the Read & React looks like in real games with different teams at different levels.

So, I figured, who better to get a sneak peek than the Tribe. Ultimately, there are four of these videos each focusing on a different perspective on the offense. And, if you’re looking for more game footage, check out our Read & React Video Archive.

The above video is a starting point – it’s purpose is to show what the offense looks like in motion. Hopefully, these clips prove that it looks different in the hands of different coaches (as well as different from any other system you’ve seen before).

We’ve always said that the Read & React is a framework that takes on the personality of the team running it: if you love 5OUT fast paced basketball, you can make it that; if you love the 3OUT, post first strategy, you can get that too (and, everything in between).

Tribers, tell us how that statement is true in your own experience. Have you tweaked the offense to fit your personnel or coaching philosophy?

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  1. I coach a 7th grade boys team. This is our second year of the read/react. My players still have a hard time transitioning the hard cuts in pass and cut to the “hook and look” against a zone.

    They are just flat out having a hard time finding the right seam and also holding for that next pass. Some of the reason is because we move the ball fairly quickly on the perimiter. When we get them to slow down a bit, then it becomes stagnant. I know one main issue is that we only get about 3 practice days a week culminating in about 5 hours of court time.

    Any extra hintson this transition of cuts?

    1. blueridge,
      For your 7th grade team, put down 4 interior SPOTS: spots at the midpost and spots in the short corner (both sides = 4 spots). The high post can also be used, but for 7th graders, let’s keep it simple. Forget the Hook & Look speed. Tell them to pass and cut to one of these 4 interior spots. On the next pass, tell them to fill out to a Perimeter spot. Just getting them to stop in those areas will help against a zone. This works out to be a 4 OUT 1 IN formation at all times with the inside player changing with every pass or every other pass (sometimes the ball is passed before the cutter can stop inside – it’s OK).

      If you put a permanent Post Player inside and have them change interior spots as well, then your action works out to be 3 OUT 2 IN with one of the interior players changing with every pass. The kids don’t have to know this. I’m just stating it for your sake. They only need to now one rule against a zone: Stop in on one of the interior spots long enough to look for the ball and then fill out with the next pass.

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