Coaching the Read & React

Enhanced Communication Using 3-0 Read and React Drills

At a summer Read and React coaches meeting in Atlanta, during a topic on communication, Rich Cassella of Wagner University described a series of 3-0 Read and React Drills that he has used to build up offensive communication for the players he was worked with.  He has graciously agreed to share those in this post.  Thank you Rich! – Rick 3 on 0 Read ... Read More »

Tribe Spotlight: Connecticut Attack – Parent/Coach Perspective

Author Note: A parent turned coach of a former player who wishes to remain anonymous has written this review of Coach Ulysses Garcia,  and the impact of the Read and React Offense being used at the CT Attack (Connecticut Attack) program.  Seven years ago Ulysses Garcia started coaching his oldest daughter’s sixth grade South Windsor travel team. Back then, and still today, ... Read More »

What I Learned From Coach T.J. Rosene’s First Practice

  Just a couple of days ago, I had the fortune of watching Coach TJ Rosene’s first practice for the 2016-2017 season. Coach Rosene is the head men’s coach of the Emmanuel College Lions basketball team.  Not everyone may be familiar with Coach Rosene, but his teams through the years have been featured on Better Basketball videos and he has enjoyed tremendous ... Read More »

What I Learned This Summer : Whose Turn Is It?

In my previous post, I pointed out that I had the pleasure and opportunity to work with 20+ teams and their coaching staffs this past summer.  These teams ranged from youth teams to college teams from a single team of eight players to a multiple team organization of 100+ players on multiple courts at the same time.  This experience took ... Read More »

What I Learned This Summer : You Are Not Alone

This past summer I had the pleasure and opportunity to work with 20+ teams and their coaching staffs. These teams ranged from youth teams to college teams from a single team of eight players to a multiple team organization of 100+ players on multiple courts at the same time.  This experience took me through Maine, Maryland, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, ... Read More »

Invitation Screens – Players in the Post

The post principle that was talked about in the post called “Real Estate with Players in the Post” and is part of Read & React Layer 6: Post Screens states you must have a good reason to change sides of the lane. One of those reasons would be an invitation screen from a cutting teammate. The last post also talked ... Read More »

Real Estate With Players In the Post

In the last 3-­part post called “Intelligent Drives : Training Dribble Penetration,” we discussed what “Real Estate” is, Reading “Real Estate”, and two ways to create “Real Estate”. But what if you have a player in the post, do you lose the opportunity to create and use “Real Estate”? The answer is no you do not, but you do have to veer away from traditional post player thinking. In traditional post player thinking, the post follows the ball around the perimeter and attempts to continuously fight for position and post. This post,relocate, and repost action normally clogs the lane for cutters and even takes away driving lanes for the ball handler. In the Read & React, we have Layer 2: Pass North­South, Layer 4: Dribble North­-South – Post Reactions, and Layer 9: Extra Decisions – Advanced Post Slides to guide players that are in the post. But it is Layer 6: Post Screens that introduces a principle that will help open the lane and even creates “Real Estate”.  This is only a principle not a rule of the Read & React. You can choose to establish this principle with your entire team, specific players, or not at all. If you choose not to establish this principle be aware that you are losing “Real Estate”, and several other scoring opportunities for your team. Post Principle: If you are going to stay in the post for more than one pass than you must pick a side of the lane and stay on it. You cannot change sides simply because you want to or that the ball is on the other side. You must have a good reason to change sides of the lane. While on the weak­side set screens for cutters exiting the lane and look to set Pin screens. If you are in the short corner or high post on ball­side, only flash to the mid post off the tail of a cutter. If you are in the mid-post on ball­side, you are going to receive the ball (layer 2) or screen for cutters. Once you have established the post principle, “Real Estate” will open up many more scoring opportunities than without the principle. The principle also allows you to teach a post player the right times to change sides of the lane when they are on the weak­side post spots. Two good reasons for a player in the post to change sides of the lane would be if they receive an Invitation screen from a cutter or to flash to an open area to help a teammate being trapped. You can find a deeper explanation of post screens ... Read More »

Intelligent Drives : Training Dribble Penetration : Part 3

  A clever ball handler that wants to drive to the basket can create “Real Estate” for themselves by simply Dribbling-At a teammate.  The teammate cutting to the basket, creates the opportunity for for the ball handler to “Draft Drive”.   By training ball-handlers using the “At-At-Draft” drill, ball-handlers can learn  larger than normal “Real Estate” occurs.   This large ... Read More »