Simple Practice Tips To Control Tempo, Decrease Turnovers, and Get Quality Shots
Years ago, I was watching a DePaul game. During a time out, Ray Meyer was telling his team that all they had to do was take care of the ball, run some clock, and get a good shot each time down the floor. IF you do that, they won't have the ball enough times to beat us. This was late in the game, less than 2 minutes.
Practice Tip - Starting Out Small
One day we were running our Open Post Offense and my players were shooting a little faster than I wanted them to. So I decided to introduce a concept that I was thinking about at the time.
To get them to be able to cut as close to a minute off the clock as possible.
So, I called it CUT 1.
I started out a little more realistic; I had them cut 15 seconds off the clock at first. Once they could handle that, I decided to make it more difficult than a regular game, so I added a 6th defender.
Controlling Tempo - Adding More Difficulty
After they mastered 15 seconds, I added another 15 seconds, making it 30 seconds. This was a lot more difficult but I wanted them to be able to keep the ball for 30 seconds simulating holding the ball for the last shot.
Surprisingly, they handled this pretty well until I added the 6 defender. This took awhile but they finally got comfortable enough to handle the pressure. I wanted them to be able to handle the pressure and to get into a set around the 8 second mark, getting a good shot off around the 4 second mark, allowing us a chance for a rebound and put back, but NOT giving them a chance to score.
Then we turned on the score board and let them scrimmage using Double Up. What I wanted them to do was to take the clock down to the next minute. So if there was 6:45 on the clock, the goal was to take it down to 5:00 before they could shoot, unless it was an uncontested lay up. If the clock read 6:35, take it down to 5:00, thus CUT 1 became part of our philosophy at certain points in games.
Obviously, you need players that can handle the ball, make good decisions, pass well and read the defenses. This is a great equalizer if you are out manned. You can use this to control the tempo and shorten the game. You can use this to protect players that are in foul trouble too.
If you don't have this type of player, I wouldn't suggest this.
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