The Open Post Offense or No Post Offense
I feel that the backbone of the open post motion is the 3 guards passing the ball and then cutting or screening; the 2 post players should occupy the post positions and play off each other. The only time that a perimeter player doesn't basket cut or screen is when the ball goes from wing to point. Then the wing cuts and replaces himself to continue the offense. If you teach it like this CHEAP JORDANS FOR SALE, the opportunities are endless. I tell my perimeter players that every pass they make should result in movement; a cut or a screen. This is even true when the ball is entered to the low post, high post, or short corner. You can't just pass the ball in and stand there with a finger in your nose. It's just not good offense. Also, it is a MUST that you teach your players to be unpredictable. Run different cuts off the screen away, mix up screening away and basket cutting. If you start
to look like a well oiled machine (pass, screen away, pass screen away, pass, screen away) you are doing something wrong and not running good offense. Also, I do not let my players run the screen and roll when they want to. I don't do this for one simple reason, I find that it always ends up with 1 player having the ball, 1 player standing, and 3 players trying to set a ball screen. I do incorporate ball screens, but always as some type of set play or else when we have an offensive look that I like (ex: designated post on the low block and specific perimeter with the ball on the wing).
Teaching back door cuts and pass fakes is something that must be done to easily add extra dimensions. Teach your players that you DO NOT need a screen to run a back cut. You just run a back cut every time you are being over played by the defense. It's just sound offense. I teach my players to pass fake every time the defender is denying and
overplaying one of our players. I also teach that anytime someone gives you a pass fake you should back cut immediately and all the way through. If that means kicking over the ball to the wing so be it. Another little hint I give them is if they are 2 steps above the free
throw line on a cut and have not seen the ball because they are being denied they should automatically back cut. The only time they wouldn't is if the point guard passed the other way. But if the point is trying to enter the ball to them and they get 2 steps above the
three point line they should dive to the basket. Teaching verbal and nonverbal communication to your team is also vital if this offense is going to work. Teammates should be constantly chattering at each other and letting each other know where they are going to be. They should be signaling for screens, or cuts, or anything. If your team is great at communicating, they will be great at the motion offense.
Don't let this offense become a jump shot offense either. Encourage your players to run basket cuts off the pass from the point to the wing, cut to the basket off screens, and enter to the ball to the post. We are looking to get shots in the paint and free throws
along with the jumpers. Another thing that many coaches mistakenly discourage is players aggressively taking the ball to the basket in this offense. Taking it to the basket hard and creating shots for teammates is part of the offense. Encourage your players, especially the good drivers, to take advantage of their man and take the ball to the basket. On the other hand, do not let your offense turn into a 1 on 1 contest. Coach your players to see the right times to put the ball on the floor and also how to distribute the ball to their open teammates when they shift the defense. As I will say numerous times, ball reversals are vital to the offense. The more you switch sides of the floor, the more you are able to exploit the offense. I say to my guys we need to go side-top-side as much as possible and move the ball around. I would even go as far as to say when you teach this offense initially MAKE them reverse the ball each time and NOT be able to have the point pass back to the same wing. After they get the
hang of it then you can allow the return pass. For teaching progressions, I would teach it part to whole and initially do a lot of 5 on 0. I would start by teaching the guards to pass from the point to the wing and basket cut every time. Reverse the ball and have the point basket cut again while the wing that initially passed to the point for the reversal run a V cut and replaces himself. The players would basically reverse the ball constantly and run basket cuts each time. After they get that down, I would run it where they pass from point to wing and either cut or screen away. The wing to guard pass is still a V cut however. Then I would add the point to
wing pass can be a cut, screen away, or point screen and would want to see mainly the first two. At this juncture I may add my option of screen and re-screen for the wing to point pass. Then I would introduce the options when I am passing to the high post, low
post, and short corner. So the could work on constantly passing to the short corner and cutting or screening. As this is going on the posts are just working of reacting to each other, working on the back/cross screen, etc. After they understand that, I would run a lot
of 5 on 0 and breakdown drills where they just work on recognizing the different options. I would stress that it's a simple offense where you pass and move by receiving a screen, cutting to the basket, or screening for a teammate. The only different situation is where
the ball is passed from the wing to the point and the solution to that is just running a Vcut. One of the most important teaching points is to tell your players that they can NOT make a wrong read. You have to get them in the mindset of quickly making the read
and just going with it. Many players after they pass just stand there and try to figure out if they should cut or screen away or they are slow coming off the screen away because they are trying to figure out what to do, don't let them JORDAN FLIGHT TEAM! Don't let them be hesitant because
that leads to turnovers. Do it with conviction! If your players learn this, they will be much more successful.
One of the most fun things about the motion is that you can coach it to fit your team and also can coach it to fit the opponent you are playing if you choose just by how you coach your kids. For instance, if you have a post that is fairly athletic, pretty skilled,
and a good shooter, you tell him that you want him to mainly be at the backside elbow, ball side elbow, and short corner looking to get the ball and take his man. He can flash to the low post from time to time but shouldn't camp there. Another example would be if you have a 6-4, thick perimeter player that is a great athlete, pretty skilled, but not a great outside shooter. You may coach him to take a lot more basket cuts and more run curl or back cuts off of screens so that he's getting to the basket and looking to take advantage of his size and athletic ability inside and in his range. You may even tell this player that you want him posting up when the block is open and that your posts should open up the block when he cuts. To give you an example of how you can tailor this offense for an opponent:
suppose you are playing a team that has a 6-9 shot blocker on the team. You don't want that kid anywhere near the basket right? Well then you tell your team that whoever he is guarding should be filling a lot of back side elbow, ball side elbow, and short corner to
try and draw him away from the hoop. The flexibility and coachability of this offense is one of the most fun things about it, you can get creative in your preparation.
Along the same lines, you can run the open post motion at any pace you want; you can have it fit your style of play. You can teach it to be a ?? court, slow it down, work the ball around offense. On the other hand you can teach it as a fast paced quick scoring offense where you shoot early and often. You can teach it to fit your ideals.
The motion offense is an equal opportunity offense, but that doesn't mean everyone on the team has to shoot the same. As a coach, you must coach players on their expectations and roles on the team. Where do they fit in? I stole this thought from Rick Majerus, but it's a good one. You should have your players constantly asking and answering the following questions: Who am I? Who's guarding me? Who are my teammates? Who's guarding my teammates? These questions should help better define each player's role and how they fit in with the team. Are they the main scorer on the floor or is there another teammate they should be working to get open? For example, your skinny 6-2 post that can shoot the 15 footer should be trying to stay off the low block so that it can be occupied by your 7-2 350# stud inside player, and the 6-2 guy should be cross/back screening for him and also catching the ball in the short corner or elbow and trying to feed it inside. At the same time, your players should always be analyzing the
defense. Are there any mismatches that can be taken care advantage of? For example, if there is a 5-6 guard matched up on that 6-2 post a trip down because of a mix up the 6-2 post should communicate that to his teammates and go to the low block looking for a score.
You may start to think that this is too much for a high school kid to understand. I promise you that it is not as complicated as it looks! The premise of this offense is the guards to pass and move while the posts fill their positions and play off each other, that's all you really have to convey to your players. Every time a perimeter makes a pass from the point to a wing or the wing passes to a post they have the option to cut to the basket, screen for a teammate, or call for a screen CHEAP JORDANS FOR SALE, the wing to point pass results in a V cut. That's the offense in a nut shell. The open post motion is a great offense in my opinion. It combines constant movement with unpredictability