By Joe Haefner
In our recent teleseminar for the people who purchased the Motion Offense eBooks, there was a question that I really wanted to share.
Here is an edited version of the question and answer between the listener and Don Kelbick.
Guest: I’ve got a 6’9″ kid actually that’s going Division 1 next year. I want to make sure that our number one rule is that every third, fourth touch is a post touch. Does this rule sound like a good rule for the motion offense?
Don Kelbick: Right. I used to do that, and that might work for you, because it worked for me sometimes. What I found with this rule is that it shows how much kids want to please you. A lot of times, they’d get concerned about how many passes were thrown.
So a kid would stand out on the wing, and somebody would be wide open. They wouldn’t throw it to them because they would say, “You know, I thought we were on the fourth pass, so I have to throw it into the post.”
I actually went away from that rule and used this rule instead, “We’re not taking any jump shots until the post man touches the ball.”
And if you have a real good post player, then let him touch the ball twice. And then you teach your post player that when the ball goes into the post, the defense is going to collapse. At the very least, the defense is going to turn around to try and find the ball.
Teach your shooters, when the ball goes into the post, here’s where you go. And then you teach the post guy that if he doesn’t have a post play, this is where you look.
By throwing the ball into the post and having the post guy throw the ball back out, the number of open shots that you will get will stagger you.