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To be Truly Effective, Emphasize the DRIVE in Your Dribble Drive Motion Offense- By Don Kelbick
Dribble Drive Motion Offense is all the rage these days. As well it should be. It is exciting, easy to play and players enjoy it. Just like any offense, it is the little things that make it work.
Most importantly the important concept in the "Dribble Drive" is not the dribble, but the drive. Based on spacing, the "Dribble Drive" open up lanes to penetrate, puts players in spots for kick-out passes and 3-point shots. When played correctly, it is a very effective way to play.
What makes the offense so effective is the threat the penetrator will score. That is what forces all the defensive adjustments and opens up the variety of options. The threat of getting lay-ups is what truly puts fear in the minds of the defense. It makes them hesitate and question every move they make and can demoralize the defense. In order to put that fear in the minds of the defense, the drive must actually TAKE lay-ups.
To open the options in the "Dribble Drive," the offense must force the defense to react to the penetration of the ball handler. The threat of the penetrator taking a lay-up is what forces the defensive help rotation. If the help rotates off a shooter, you can have an open shot. If he does not rotate, you have a lay-up.
When installing the proper mentality for the offense you must teach your players that an all out commitment to the lay-up is what gets it done. Here are the important reasons why:
- You can always recover from a lay-up but you cannot recover to a lay-up. On the drive, you can be well into your lay-up motion. If you are defended very late in the action, you can always pass off. If you drive thinking pass and the pass is defended, you are not in position to shoot.
- Making lay-up creates fear in the defense. Once you make a few lay-ups, you can predict whether or not help will come and where it will come from.
- Lay-ups put you on the foul line. Taking lay-ups creates fouls. When you are good at creating fouls, two things happen. First, you get extra points. Second, the defense gets themselves in foul trouble. Making fouls shots, getting to the bonus early and forcing their better players into foul trouble limits their playing time and creates an advantage for your team.
- Getting foul shots helps your defense. The more foul shots you take, the fewer opportunities the opposing team has in transition. Fewer easy points, the less they score.
If you would like to learn how to teach and design your own motion offense that fits the strengths of your team, check out our How to Develop a High Scoring Motion Offense ebooks and audio.
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