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Critical Tips For Scouting Your Opponents- By Ken Sartini (AKA "Coach Sar")
Once, you get to the high school level, it becomes more critical to scout your opponents for game preparation. Take a look at some helpful tips offered by Ken Sartini on scouting your opponents.
When my assistant and I went scouting we broke things down this way:
Defensive ScoutingI scouted their defense so I knew how we could attack it... looking for strengths and weaknesses - things they did in specific situations. How they defended inbounds plays - what presses they used and in what situations they used them... like after free throws or on sideline inbound plays.
1- What defenses did they use in each quarter?
2- What is their best defense?
3- What defense do they use the most?
4- Where do they start their pressure?
5- How do they defend the wings?
6- How do they defend the low post? High Post?
7- How do they handle screens?
8- Are they a pressure m2m or a sagging m2m team?
9- Where do they look to trap?
10 - Do they use any special defenses? Box & 1 etc.
Offensive ScoutingThe assistant scouted their offense (s) and inbound plays, since he was in charge of the defense I felt like that was the best way of breaking this down.
We looked for their offensive philosophy.
1- Did they go to any specific player in crunch time?
2- Who did they run sets plays for? What were they?
3- Did they run anything with multiple - staggered screens?
4- Was there any specific time that they ran their sets - coming out of a time out, after we shot free throws, beginning and end of quarters?
5- Who were their best scorers?
We both scouted their personnel... nice to have different opinions about what a player can or can not do.
Did the offensive players have tendencies? Drive baseline? Drop step left? Pump fake and drive? Dribble with head down while driving to the basket?
Game PlanWe then got together to formulate a game plan.
1- What do we need to do to beat this team?
2- What things do we need to cover in practice before we play them?
3- Possible m2m match ups and what it will take to stop your man.
What do you think? What are your experiences? Do you have any thoughts, ideas, and suggestions?