Motion Offense – Getting Post Player Touches

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.

8 Comments

  1. sibanda panze — December 4, 2008 @ 6:36 am

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  2. Tony — December 23, 2008 @ 5:18 pm

    I have inherited a junior high team (7th grade) basically at the beginning of the season (they have played 3 games). They can get up and down the court in a heart beat and play great defense. I have a bunch of thorough breds and a don’t want to turn them into quarter horses. What offense would be best for the team I have?

  3. Todd Earl — January 26, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

    Another thing to tell players about getting post touches in a motion offense is the ball must go inside the paint before an outside shot. This could be a post touch, a dribble drive, a pass to a player cutting. If you are team that walks the ball up and runs motion this works well, it also helps to eliminate transition 3′s or makes sure there is a rebounder if a transition 3 is attempted.

  4. mike wallace — December 22, 2009 @ 8:46 am

    working the ball wing to post to weak side elbow absolutley destroys defenses.well said the open shots are staggering

  5. Ken Sartini — October 2, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    I agree with Don on this…… we seldome had big post players but when we did the rule was simple… no jump shots until he touches the ball. Forget the number of passes.
    An inside out side game creates a lot of problems for the defense… they have to constantly turn to find the ball and help if the post is any good at all.. and this will open up shots for others.
    When we didn’t have post players we talked about ball reversals…. not just passes because the kids would take the easy way out and pass it back and forth to each other… they are pretty smart…. we wanted at least 3 ball reversals UNLESS someone had a great take to the basket, our post player was wide open or my best three point player had a great look…. a lot of exceptions but it worked for me.
    JMO

  6. lee — March 28, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    No rules. Simply run an offense where your post man moves by whatever means, such as a screen, having him cut, pick and roll-depending on the player’s skill set and his teammates skills. Just make sure he gets the ball in comfortable spots and allow him to play. If you set any sort of rules you will take players out of the flow which is the last thing you want to do. Just make a focused effort to get the ball to your guy that works best for your personnel.

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  8. Al — August 26, 2016 @ 9:49 am

    how about this rule : nothing but a layup can be shot until 6’9 touches ball.

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