Teaching Points – Sideline Pick & Roll

English: Chris Paul dribbling the ball

English: Chris Paul dribbling the ball (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I found this checklist online from Coach Ryan Goodson…A great checklist of teaching points for the sideline pick and roll.  Enjoy!

Checklist of Teaching Points for Sideline P&R

  1. Dribbler needs to engage defender-get him/her below level of the screen
  2. Dribbler needs to bump defender right before they go off the ball screen to create separation.  “Initiate Contact to Separate!”
  3. Go shoulder to hip past the screener .
  4. Attack the high foot or “ankle” of the defender showing.  “Must be low to absorb the contact”
  5. Attack when the defender’s meet on the recovery.  “See their back-ATTACK!”
  6. Go 2 dribbles off the screen to create space and to draw help defense.

Reads off the sideline pick and roll in order:

  1. Dribblers Shot:  “Attack to Score”
  2. Hit the Screener on Roll/Pop/Slip
  3. The post player in the alley for Lob or Duck in.
  4. Weak side spot up Shooter/Ball side shooter
  5. Replace

Reads For the Dribbler to Score Off of the Sideline P & R

  1. Turn the Corner and Score “Soft hedge or no hedge”
  2. Reject (Refuse the screen if you see defender’s head turn, or if they jump over the top of the screen.)
  3. Split: If there is a gap between the screener and shower use a crossover to get through the gap.
  4. Gap Shot: Defender goes under the screen. Stop behind the screener for the three.
  5. Hard Hedge:  Turn the corner or retreat two dribbles.  As soon as the screeners defender turns their back on the interchange—Attack!
  6. Bounce Off: Defense Shows Hard and you bounce off/back then attack)
  7. Steal the Spot/Veer:  Keep your defender on your hip as you come off the screen; curl cut but for a ball screen. This is a NBA move when the screener’s defender does not show or you are “forced down” on a sideline pick and roll.
  8. Rescreen: Go hard 2 dribbles off the ball screen and then get a “rescreen” from the big.
  9. Go 2 dribbles hard off the screen or bounce off 2 dribbles – make an inside out dribble as the big is going to recover.
  10. Hard Stop and Go: Go hard to the shower if they hard hedge, keep your dribble alive and defender on your hip. As soon as the shower leaves to recover, drive the ball straight down the lane line and keep your defender on your hip.
  11. Blitz or Double Team:  Retreat two dribbles and then attack the weaker or slower defender on their closeout—–Retreat two dribbles and make sure your teammates give up their position for possession by creating a triangle of options (3 nearby receivers with 10 to 15 ft. of space between each).

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7 Keys to Effective Player Development

Kevin Durant, about to shoot a free throw, dur...

Kevin Durant, about to shoot a free throw, during a Texas Basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a good article that I just found on Coach George Raveling’s Coaching for Success Website (http://coachgeorgeraveling.com/) The article was written by Alan Stein who is known for being one of the best strength & conditioning coaches around and who is also involved heavily with player development.    Below is the article, enjoy!

7 Keys to Effective Player Development

Have you ever heard this quote, “Individuals get better in the off-season, teams get better during the season.”

While I appreciate the mindset behind this, that team development must be the #1 priority during the season, I feel this statement implies that individual player development isn’t important from November to March.

If that’s the case, I highly disagree. Individuals need to get better during the season as well. In fact, the most effective way to improve your team is to improve yourself!

Individual player development (which should include both athleticism & movement training as well as basketball skills & fundamentals) should be addressed and given priority at every practice. To what extent you should focus on these elements depends on the age & level of the player, the length of practice and the time during season (early pre-season vs. playoff time).

I know you can’t win if you don’t rebound. I realize that ‘defense wins championships.’ However, the name of the game is to put the ball in the bucket. So working on offensive moves and getting up quality reps of game shots from game spots at game speed is paramount to a team’s success.

Before he coached his first practice as the head coach of Butler, a colleague recommended Brad Stevens have a manager chart how many shots his best player took during the 2+ hour practice. Coach Stevens ran what he thought was an excellent practice – in depth teaching, sound team concepts, etc. After practice he found out his best player took less than 25 shots the entire practice, which Coach Stevens immediately recognized was unacceptable. From that day forward he has implemented quality shooting drills in every practice.

Former NFL coach Jon Gruden laughs when coaches say, “We need to get back to working on the fundamentals” after a tough loss. Get back to them? Why did you abandon them in the first place? That’s probably why you lost!

While the amount of time you spend will vary, I firmly believe every practice should have an individual player development component.

Here are 7 keys to effective player development:

1. Build your game brick by brick. Every rep of every set of every practice is important. How you do anything is how you do everything. You build a house one brick at time. You build your game one drill at a time.

2. Leave your comfort zone. Once a player has the movement, skill or footwork down, they need to push harder than game speed. The harder you practice, the easier things become during games.

3. Be innovative. Casual spot shooting and stationary ball handling are more boring than yesterday’s newspaper. Plus one can argue how transferable those drills really are. Drills need to be innovative, yet purposeful. They need to be designed to improve game performance… not look cool for a YouTube video. Be innovative to improve effectiveness, not to look cool.

4. Know the ‘why’.Every drill must have perceived relevance. That means the player clearly understands how this particular skill or drill will improve their game performance. Will dribbling 3 basketballs reduce turnovers when the lights come on and the cheerleaders start dancing on Friday nights? Doubtful. Therefore it has minimal perceived relevance.

5. Use visualization. Great players like Kevin Durant and Chris Paul don’t just do a drill; they compete in that drill with the same focus and effort as if they were in the waning seconds of Game 7 of the NBA Finals. They imagine they are being guarded by an elite defender; not just ‘going around a cone.’

6. Avoid fatigue and boredom. These are two of the biggest killers of player development. You can combat this by being in excellent basketball shape and using innovative, purposeful drills (#2 above). When your body gets tired, your mind quickly follows. No one can get better at a skill when his or her mind and body are exhausted.

7. Do everything with precision. Details matter! Perfect form and footwork are imperative. If you want to build a beautiful brick house (#1), you have to lay every single brick with care and precision. Once you start sloppily laying bricks… the house suffers (both in appearance and structural integrity).

Also make sure you understand and remember that skill improvement is a process of 2’s:

It takes 2 minutes to learn a new move or new skill.

It takes 2 weeks to work on it daily until you develop confidence in it.

It takes 2 months of constant work to be competent enough to use it in a game.

I hope you find these suggestions helpful and I wish you the best the rest of this season.

Please let me know if you have any requests for plays, drills, defenses, etc… Also let me know if you have any articles, plays, drills, etc…That you would like me to publish for you on the site

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