The High Powered Dribble Drive Motion Offense

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've probably heard about the NEW HIGH powered Dribble Drive Motion that is sweeping the basketball nation!!

So what's the scoop on this basketball offense?

In all honesty, it's just a fashionable new name for something that has been played for years. So don't go jumping on the band wagon (just yet)...

With that said, the Dribble Drive is a POWERFUL offense and you can probably learn something from it. But you need to understand what it's really all about.

Every few years a new variation on an old theme hits the college basketball world. This year it is the "Dribble-Drive Motion"!!

Where did it come from?

The nexus of the fascination has been the enormous success of John Calipari's University of Memphis team. Coach "Cal" is one of the most innovative coaches I have ever met and this offense fits his personnel like a glove. Vance Walberg, former Head Coach at Pepperdine and a speaker very much in demand is also an innovator and has brought this style back to the forefront of basketball thinkers. Though not credited, Jay Wright of Villanova used many of these concepts to take his four guard one post offense to great success in the Big East and the NCAA Tournament. The "Dribble-Drive" term hadn't been coined yet but Wright surely should be considered one of the innovators as well.

The roots of the Dribble-Drive Motion go back to the roots of the motion offense itself. Dean Smith, former coach at North Carolina, used the drive and kick aspect of his "passing game" with great success. It did not get great notoriety at the time because Smith coached much of his career without the 3-point shot. Rick Pitino used many of the concepts, beginning at Providence College with point guard Billy Donovan, and was at the forefront of effective use of the 3-point shot in college basketball. Pitino brought to his great Kentucky teams and while he doesn't use this motion at Louisville, he still incorporates many of the same concepts.

Just as an observation, both Coach Pitino and Coach Calipari used the 3-point shot to much greater effectiveness upon returning to the college game after years in the NBA. The NBA used the 3-point shot for several years before it was added to the college game. I think that their NBA experience sent them ahead of the pack in regard to using the 3 and the rest of us are still trying to catch up.

What is the Dribble Drive Motion Offense?

The Dribble-Drive Motion is first and foremost a motion offense, complete with its own discipline, rules and philosophy. The basic philosophy is the ballhandler tries to push the ball for a layup. If there is no help he continues for a layup. If there is help, he finds the open man for either a shot if on the perimeter or a dump-off to the post. Driving lanes are created by great spacing and constant hunting of open areas for kick-outs.

Personnel Needs

The Dribble-Drive is not for everyone. You need to have very specialized personnel. Your perimeter players must be equally adept at taking the ball to the basket and shooting from beyond the 3-point line. Your post players have to be comfortable catching the ball on the move. If he can shoot the ball a little, that will make you better. If he can put the ball on the floor, you'll have the whole package.

Athletic ability helps, as it does in most aspects of basketball. The Dribble Drive produces a lot of rebounds. If you are able to control the offensive glass, it is difficult for opponents to recover. You also have to be in great shape. The Dribble Drive, because of its aggressiveness tends to wear down its opponents.

The offense can start from any set. The one requirement is that the middle be open. If you are going to have a post player, he should be off the block, opposite the ballhandler and my preference is to put him on the baseline.

Here are some sample sets.....

2 Guard Front
5 Out Set

1-2-2 Set

2-2-1 Set

Below are some sample actions in the Dribble-Drive Motion. These are just examples. They are not meant to be the only actions of the offense. In fact, you might not like any of the actions. As with any motion offense, the only limitation is your imagination. If you are a coach who likes to control movement, this is not the offense for you.

For this offense to be effective, it has to be free-wheeling and active. Encourage your players to let go.

Here are some of the basic rules of the Dribble-Drive Motion. Some of the rules are notated in the diagrams. Remember, different coaches have different rules. It doesn't make them wrong and doesn't make it a different offense; it just makes them different than this one.

Perimeter Player Rules

  • Player with the ball first tries to penetrate, on the dribble. First choice is a layup.
  • Perimeter players step to openings, beyond the 3-point line, making passing angles and preparing for shot.
  • If penetrator meets defensive help, he kicks to the open man on the perimeter for a shot. If help comes from the post, he looks to dump to the post.
  • After passing, penetrator cuts out of the middle to an open spot beyond the 3 point line.
  • Player who receives the pass, if he has no shot, will attempt to dribble penetrate and repeats the process. He can also pass to reverse the ball and cut through the middle to clear it out for the next ball handler.
  • All cutters vacate the middle as soon as possible and find a spot beyond the 3-point line.
  • If player can't dribble penetrate take ball to middle for spacing
  • Ball goes to high post, open-side wing cuts backdoor. All players bump up to maintain spacing.
  • If the ball is dribbled at you, either go backdoor or take dribble handoff.

Post Player Rules

  • Post player set opposite the ball, off the lane.
  • Post player can ball screen on the open wing or high.
  • Post player looks to pop or roll after setting ball screen.
  • If ball stalls on top, weakside forward posts to the top.

Options off a 1-2-2 Set

1,2,3 - Guards

4,5 - Front Court

All players can shoot and are comfortable putting the ball on the floor.

Rule: Ballhandler penetrates and looks for layup. Weakside wing fills to top

1 penetrates and looks to score

3 creates passing angle to the top


1 throws pass back to the top to 3.

3 looks for shot


Rule: On pass off, passer clears to the open side.

1 cuts to the right

3 dribble penetrates and looks to score

2 creates passing angle to the top.


3 passes to 2 for shot.

3 clears to the left side


  • 2 has no shot

    2 dribble penetrates looking to score

    3 creates passing angle to the top

    1 spots up for shot

    4 & 5 step in

    2 can shoot, kick to 1 or 3, or dump off to 4 or 5


    Next Rotation

    1 dribble penetrates looking to score (following the rules)

    3 spots up and creates passing angle back (following the rule)

    1 kick to 3


    Rule: If you can't dribble penetrate take ball to middle for spacing

    1 clears to the side (following the rule)

    3 dribble to middle (following the rule)


    Rule: If ball stalls on top, weakside forward posts to the top.

    5 posts to the top (following the rule)

    3 passes to 5


    Rule: Ball goes to high post, open-side wing cuts backdoor. All players bump up to maintain spacing.

    2 goes backdoor (following the rule)

    3 cuts to open wing (following the rule)

    1 fills spot for 3 (following the rule)

    5 looks backdoor to 2, kicks to 3 for shot

    5 kicks to 1 for shot.


    5 ball screens for 1

    2 clears to corner

    4 bumps ups

    1 dribbles off screen looking to penetrate

    3 spots up


    1 kicks to 3 for shot.


    1 clears to side (following the rule)

    5 bumps up

    4 bumps up

    3 dribble penetrates and looks to score.

    3 can kick to any of the perimeter players.


    Options off a 2-2-1 Set

    1,2 Guards

    3,4 Forwards

    5 Post


    Rule: Ball is dribbled at you, either go backdoor or take dribble handoff.

    1 dribbles at 2

    2 goes backdoor (following the rule)

    1 passes to 2 for layup.


    1 does not pass to 2

    2 clears to open side (following the rule)

    3 spots up (following the rule)

    4 spots up (following the rule)

    1 dribble penetrates looking to score

    1 shoots or kicks to 3 or 4, or dumps to 5


    1 kicks out to 4

    1 clears to open side (following the rule)


    4 looks to dribble penetrate

    1 spots up

    3 spots up

    4 can shoot, kick to 1, 2 or 3 or dump to 5


    4 does not penetrate

    4 dribbles at 3

    3 goes backdoor (following the rule)

    4 passes to 3 for score


    3 can shoot, kick to 1 or 2 or dump to 5


    4 does not pass to 3

    3 clears to side

    1 bumps up

    4 tries to dribble penetrate

    2 spots up

    5 ducks in

    4 looks to score, kick to 2 or dumps to 5


    4 does not penetrate

    4 continues his dribble and dribbles at 2

    2 cuts at 4 and takes handoff (following the rule)


    2 turns the corner and looks to penetrate

    2 looks to score, kick to the perimeter or dumps to 5.


    Dribble Drive Motion in Transition

    In transition, players run the lanes.

    1 handles the ball on the side

    2 runs right lane

    3 runs left lane

    4 (first post) run middle, opposite the ball

    5 (trailer) runs behind, opposite the ball


    2 and 3 run to corner, outside the 3-point line.

    4 runs to the baseline, outside the lane

    1 dribbles up the floor

    5 trails opposite


    1 dribble penetrates, looking to score

    1 can kick to 2 or 3 or dump to 4 for shots.

    Rotation now runs as if it were a half court Dribble-Drive Motion.


    If 1 cannot penetrate

    1 "head-mans" to 2

    1 cut through and comes out opposite

    5 fills for 1 (following the rule)

    3 bumps up for 5 (following the rule).


    2 dribble penetrates looking to score

    2 can kick to 1 or 3 or dump to 4

    5 spots behind ball


    2 kicks to 3 for shot.

    If no shot, 3 dribble middle for spacing

    1 bumps up for 3

    2 comes out and replaces 1

    5 spaces


    3 passes to 1

    4 cuts opposite the ball (following the rule)


    1 looks to dribble penetrate to score

    1 can kick to 5 or 3 for shot or dump to 4.

    2 spots behind.


    If 1 does not headman to 2

    1 passes to 5

    3 pops to wing

    4 cuts opposite the ball (following the rule)


    2 cuts to fill corner

    1 spots to wing

    5 spaces out


    3 looks to dribble penetrate and look to score

    3 can shoot, kick to 1, 2, 5 for shot or dump to 4.

    Offense then proceeds as if it was a half court set.


    I hope this give you a little insight into the en vogue offense of 2008, "The Dribble Dive Motion." This is not the be-all and end-all thesis on the offense, just my experience with it. A Motion Offense is a constantly changing and evolving entity. The more you play it, the more you will see. The only limitation is your imagination and the imagination of your players. Teach the concepts (penetration and kick, spot up, space the court), don't teach the offense and your team will handle every adjustment made against you.

    If you have the players, it will certainly be an effective offense for you. If not, wait 'til next year and there will be a new "en vogue" offense that might fit your personnel.

    Video of the Memphis Tigers Using the Dribble-Drive Motion Offense

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    Bruce Enns says:
    3/27/2008 at 11:52:51 AM

    You're right. This is nothing new. But it requires a coach that does not place players in a "position" i.e.1,2,3,4,5 with specific roles for each. All players have to be able to pass, catch, dribble, cut and shoot. The Asians have been doing this for years, and so have many Euros until the American coaches took over educating them. It has been at the heart of any offensive attack I've used in Canadian university basketball for years.


    Ingmar says:
    3/27/2008 at 3:15:04 PM

    This is only an effective play if you have quick players with a devestating 1-1. This is freewheeling basketball which fits only a very talented group of players. In modern basketball the plays are more focust on role-players, who do not ever dribble the ball. I think it could be effective in youth basketball. If you have a talented group of young players who can drive to the basket and give a quick kick-out/dish pass.

    Nevertheless, it is a beautiful way of playing the game, because of the quickness and anticipation that is required. It could also be very effective against a zone defense if you let your players attack the boundaries of the defenders zone.

    Does anyone have effective drills to teach this play? To cut the play in pieces and build it up towards the whole package?


    alan says:
    3/27/2008 at 8:16:49 PM

    good article. the dribble-drive motion system is ideal for five players that all possess one-on-one skills. the way they keep slashing to the basket puts the defense under great pressure and in danger of giving up shooting fouls.

    however, like ingmar said, one of the best ways to beat this kind of offense is to play a strict zone.


    steve dement says:
    3/27/2008 at 10:22:56 PM

    I used this with 9th grade and 10th grade girls this season at a brand new high school (these kids played a varsity schedule). a couple of suggestions......
    if you use only 3 perimeter players and 2 posts, keep the posts in the short corner areas to receive passes when their defenders help.
    second, if the defense starts to play the "high" side and not allow you to drive the elbow to midlane area to get to the hoop, have your perimeter player jab that direction and then have the short corner post on that side step out and set a screen with her back to the baseline and then "fade to the lane" (or elbow) for a pass. this will give the offense a new look and make the "d" play a little more straight up.


    shevaun donaldson says:
    3/29/2008 at 10:28:57 AM

    it is good beccause the wing are the shoters and if that not an option the front court are going to be behind the deffense so theres lot of options


    LaTeisha says:
    4/10/2008 at 12:28:09 AM

    When I played and it was about scoring a coach knows his/her players and a player knows what they are capable of. If I had techniques that worked for me and my teammates knew just like I knew theirs we go with it. So whatever works. With good defense and a strong offense and changing up every now and then I think in my opinion that equals success.


    LaTeisha Washington says:
    4/10/2008 at 12:31:55 AM

    I say try it once and if it works keep on bringin it. Texas Extreme from what I have seen and know these guys are talented and have alot of potential. Once they practice that technique and show'em how its done alot of teams are going to be very susprised.


    Kenny Robinson says:
    4/22/2008 at 11:19:50 AM

    I can't wait until summer camp!! I am going to install this with our team this year. We are still going to use our 3 out 2 in offense, but I am liking this 4 out 1 in set really well.


    Lynx Coach says:
    7/7/2008 at 1:49:24 PM

    We have installed this offense this past season with 6th and 7th grade girls AAU players and have gotten a great deal of success with it. You must have really good athletes, and also having 2-3 good outside shooters is a must. The thing I like the most is how this teaches the girls to drive to the hoop, score, and see open passes. In my opinion this would not work without players in good shape who have some speed. If you have the above mentioned things you will be amazed at what you can accomplish with it.


    Brianna says:
    7/25/2008 at 10:00:13 AM

    This was a good example of what it means and how to complete the dribble-drive motion I myself am in my teenage years and I''ve been playing basketball for some time now, but without most of the fundamentals. So this was an excellent display of the dribble-drive motion offense and it cleared up my outlook as to what it is. Thank you kindly.


    Bob says:
    8/24/2008 at 9:12:32 PM

    Are the diagrams the basics of dribble drive and would the purchase the video for $119 be a waste of time?


    Joe Haefner says:
    8/27/2008 at 8:01:56 AM

    Hi Bob,

    I honestly have not purchased the Dribble Drive Motion DVDs. Maybe, somebody else who commented on this page has already purchased them.


    Joel says:
    10/7/2008 at 12:23:16 AM

    Bob, I've purchased a couple of the dribble drive videos and it has helped me alot. In most of the videos it shows you the principles, how to run it off the break, and all the different versions of the DDM but some of them also shows you how to properly teach it and shows you drills and exercises to help with running the dribble drive motion. Myself I was having a hard time finding ways to show the kids how it is suppose to be ran and the video helped me alot with that as well as showing me the best way to run it to fit my team. I would suggest buying one of the videos if you haven't been to a clinic or haven't worked with it before. They best video is probably the "Encyclopedia of Dribble Drive Motion" but if you don't want to spend that kind of money "Secrets of the Dribble Drive Motion" is a good video as well


    Bob says:
    10/9/2008 at 7:57:24 AM

    I bought the Fran Fraschilla DVD and already installing the dribble-drive motion offense. This DVD was in detail and all I hoped it would be. Really makes it hard on the man defense.


    Jeff says:
    10/21/2008 at 7:40:01 PM

    I have six different dvd's on this. The two (dribble drive and adjustments to the dribble drive) by Welling are good. The adjustments video is good because it talks about the offense versus a zone. The video by Jerry Petigogue is also good. I did not like the video by Keno Davis. The videos by Walberg and Fraschilla are good as well. The Fraschilla video is basically a recap of the one by Walberg. If I had to buy one, I would buy Walbergs. Well worth the money.


    Jeremy says:
    10/23/2008 at 3:01:14 PM

    I know Vance Walberg is the guy that taught John Calipari how to run his DDM, but how different is Fran Fraschilla's version or is it the same? Which DVD is more detailed? And which one would help me more if I am trying to learn how to teach the offense to my team?


    Bob says:
    10/24/2008 at 11:24:54 AM

    Walberg is the best at getting to what you want as his is on the floor. The Franchilla DVD is more detailed; board, then on the floor.
    Franchilla DVD had some good drills and things that are good for attacking zones. I bought the Franchilla DVD but have since view the Walhberg. Both are good the terminology is different. I would recommend either one. Of course the Walhberg one is cheaper.


    todd says:
    10/27/2008 at 5:45:11 AM

    this offense is actually created by the Yugoslavian national team in the 80's. teams will just change their defensive rotations. the onball defender will just need to "run and jump" and all the weakside defenders will all switch. yes, that create mismatchs, but this offense wont include any post ups.


    Bob Moats says:
    12/6/2008 at 3:41:12 PM

    To Ingmar's question about drills to use.

    First, in order to improve and enhance 1-1 moves, I use a full court zig-zag with the drill stopping at the wing for the ball player to attempt to drive on his defender. This works because it fatigues both players and prepares the defender over the course of the drill to play good "beat to the spot" defense. Then I encourage the ball handler to not force the shot up if they are closed out.

    Second, a drill taught to me by former Butler player Darnell Archey who now coaches at Park Tudor in Indianapolis, does a great job teaching lane penetration and kick out. You need four balls and four lines of players lined up on the wings and sideline corners beyond the three point line. The drill starts with the front player at the line dribbling the ball into the lane, using a jump stop and ball rip and then kicking out to the next line either to the left or the right. The baseline player who can't go to the left or right then passes to the opposite baseline corner. It is a continuous motion drill and can be used to evaluate dribbling technique, footwork inside the lane and solid passing.

    Hope that helps...


    coach B says:
    3/4/2009 at 10:00:38 PM

    you will here of me soon with me own offensepost over load look out for it.. in a gym near haven ct,


    Basketball23AHS says:
    4/6/2009 at 12:08:02 PM

    Personally, i believe the READ AND REACT OFFENSE is a better offense. It's flexible, easy to teach, fundamentally sound, brings out the best in players, shows players how to play, teaches the players basketball IQ, and it shows them how to play the game right.


    Jim says:
    6/22/2009 at 10:17:13 PM

    I was coached in a system that was very controlled, half court patience was stressed. It was very frustrating as a player but as I matured I realized we were putting ourselves in a position to beat anyone by clock management and basketball IQ.

    This offense throws that out the window. It develops players and allows them freedom which they like. It is very simple and as a coach you can also adapt to your own style with in the principles of DDM. I found it very important to monitor the amount of dribbles so that it doesn't become AND 1ish. One move and in the lane, or strong move out of triple threat. Quick ball movement and decisions with the ball create alot of off balance defenders and mismatches.

    Got to be all in to this style though as I've tried to get more conventional (more controlled) with in the season and the kids had a very tough time adapting. At the end of the day if you don't have players it can get ugly quick as missed threes convert into fast breaks for other teams and sloppy ball handling creates turnovers.


    Coach J. says:
    7/7/2009 at 3:54:13 PM

    This offense is excellent if you like the uptempo game. Some may think that every player must have made handles for this offense to work but they are wrong. Your point guard must be a superior ball handler but the rest of the team must understand the one move and go principle. Too much dribbling in any offense can lead to a disaster. Most players in the DDA (which I prefer to call it---Dribble Drive Attack) should only need one dribble to get to the rim. Coaches Vance Walhberg and John Callipari have excellent instructional dvds


    Coach Tucker says:
    11/10/2009 at 12:35:48 PM

    We are using offense from grades 7-12 with good early success. Biggest problem we have is not making our dang free throws and hitting easy lay-ups.


    DJ says:
    12/24/2009 at 3:47:32 PM

    I coach a MS team that is having a very difficult time with turnovers and bad decisions in a traditional offense,but we have good athleticism and some shooters. Seems like a good change of pace for us, yes?


    Coach Baker says:
    1/7/2010 at 10:24:40 AM

    I have used the dribble drive for years I coach girls elite travel as well as varsity high school ball what i do is every pass screen and pick work in tandems one two I have to move or pass keep the ball moving then bam there is a gap drive and score or drive and pass to cutters always roll off a screen or pick and rotate your post to the opposite of the shot for easy rebounds we average over 45 free throws a game and have been shooting at about 75% this forces players to look over the floor better and play as a team any one player can score anyplace anytime anywhere anyhow lots of freedom I have not seen any defense shut us down yet when run properly


    Coach Brandon says:
    1/13/2010 at 8:16:30 AM

    I watched the Calipari DVD and I got alot out of it. He talks about drills to build the offense, I've seen one on youtbube where the ball handler penetrates, the other perimiter cuts behind him and receives a pitch for a shot. This seemed like a great drill for this particular offense. Are there any other drills that cater specifically to building the DDM offense? Also, is the Calipari DDM Drills DVD worth the big bucks?


    Coach Jackson says:
    2/25/2010 at 8:46:30 AM

    Coach Baker I really would like to get information on your use of the DDM offense. My email address is


    Jeff says:
    3/31/2010 at 8:35:20 PM

    Coach Kelbick's teaching of the Dribble Drive MOTION Offense is fantastic. The detail and percision he explains everything makes it very understandable.

    Thanks Coach!


    Larry Dean Jackson says:
    4/25/2010 at 1:13:21 AM

    Great article. I disagree with the statements that say you must have great one on one players or great shooters. I think if you have great one on one players and/or great shooters you are going to get your shots quicker. But I feel if you are patient you can still get great shots from this offense. Skill level doesn't necessarily dictate that you cannot run this offense, rather skill level dictates how quickly you get a shot in the offense.

    Larry Dean Jackson


    HS Girls Coach says:
    5/13/2010 at 3:30:47 AM

    I coach a HS girls basketball team in California. We were 4-21 in my first year (08-09) and struggled mightily offensively. We played with just 6 girls on varsity and averaged a meager 32 PPG.

    Only 4 of these girls returned and we added 6 new players into the mix. All summer and fall we worked on nothing but ballhandling, shooting and man-to-man defense. Things were looking better, but the typical "motion" offenses were not meeting our needs. I borrowed Walhberg's video from our boys coach last November and decided to use the DDMO just 2 weeks before the start of the 09-10 season.

    After struggling for weeks with our other "complicated" offenses, our girls quickly took to the DDMO. We never fully implemented the entire package, but we still managed to go 26-3 and basically revived a program that had been dead in the water for a few years.

    With 7 of our top 8 players back, I can't wait to find more ways to create triple gaps (LOL). The only defense that gave us a bit of trouble was a "syracuse" type 2-3 zone. The team held us to 15 points in the first half, but we made a few minor adjustments and scored 44 points in the 2nd half to come from 16 down and win.

    We break the DDMO into parts as Walhberg suggests (as you would do with any offense). We run daily drills such as drop 2s, 1-5 kickbacks, drop 4s (give-n-go), triple kickouts, and the all-important skips, etc. It is amazing to watch the growth of the girls. Shooting drills are designed around the 5 positions (we run the 4 out version with the post on the weakside block)... We run the 4 relocate drills (box to box and T-ing Up) every day and teach the 4 different post-up opportunities.

    During a game we rarely call a play because the girls know how to initiate everything regardless of their position on the floor. However, it is very simple to call out number combinations and the girls know exactly what to do. Example, a 125 for us would be a 1-2-5 weave utilizing kickbacks with 5 racking it. A 121 would be a 1-2 kickback with 1 fading to the corner for the return pass to shoot a 3.

    Best of luck


    Maceyko says:
    11/17/2010 at 3:18:47 PM

    I use this offense with my 8th Grade Boys team and in our first scrimmage we outscored the other team 66-11. We ran straight man to man D and simply utilized the principals taught in the dribble drive and surprisingly we shot almost exclusively short range jumpers compared to the long range threes some might envision. Very effective but you do have to be willing to let the kids play and so it comes down to excellent decision making! The backdoor cut can be devastating if the players learn to read the defender on the wing. Almost unstoppable if run correctly.


    Coach Jeff says:
    3/13/2011 at 9:15:29 AM

    What defense is the best to play against the DDMO? Our Varsity girls are very athletic and we normally play man D and went 19-3. We have a State Sectional game comming up against a team that runs the DDMO. We are thinking of using a trapping 2 3 zone; however, we only have 3 days to get it installed. What defense would you suggest?


    Joe Haefner says:
    3/13/2011 at 12:00:33 PM

    Hi Coach Jeff,

    Here is an article written about defending the dribble drive:

    Hopefully, that will help.


    Shayne Farrugia says:
    8/25/2011 at 7:38:33 PM

    Hi im from Australia and i coach U14 boys for Championship basketball.

    I love teaching these types of offenses, as it gives my players freedom to play.

    Whats your opinion on teaching this to young kids? Skill wise its brilliant for the kids to learn fundamentals, but is it too confusing to teach?

    Ive been running a simple 4 out 1 offense with pass cut replace, and now we are using on balls too. But i really love this and think itll work even better with the kids.


    Honestly says:
    1/22/2012 at 10:00:36 PM

    it promotes selfishness on and off the court! Beautiful basketball is meant to be derived from a team concept. Five players touching the ball each possession demomstrates team basketball!


    arash rahimi says:
    2/13/2012 at 6:46:09 PM

    Hey there . This is Arash Rahimi a current assistant coach . I severely need to have a clear and understandable definition for the Motion offense to let my players know .


    maurice says:
    3/10/2012 at 5:16:27 PM

    this is old school
    this is not new
    played this in the 80s with great success
    the problem is the coaching when utilizing this
    bruce enns tried to incorporate this while at ubc but he failed miserably
    as with bruce enns, coaches tend to rely on 1 or 2 very athletic players to make this system look good.
    but the rest of the team doesnt succeed. only the 1 0r 2
    bruce enns never won a national championship while incorporating this system
    altho he was and is a subpar coach, a more versatile coach with better grasp of team play would do well.


    Bryan Baxa says:
    9/18/2013 at 11:57:50 PM

    I'm from the Philippines.

    I really love dribble drive motion offense because it really suits to our type of play and to our size as Filipinos. I'm using it now on our Basketball Team, hope it works for us. Great Job, continue developing plays and modify it. GOD BLESS! :D


    Eric says:
    1/14/2014 at 9:16:32 AM

    I teach a scaled down version of this offense to my 7th grade team. As a lot of people have said it works really well with quick talented players who can shoot. But what offense doesnt? We are never the most talented team but by running this offense we have the ability to play fast or grind it out against good defenses. We get a lot of opportunities to go to the free throw line. The best part of the offense is it ability to teach players how to move without the ball. The constant moving, cutting and passing allows us to teach kids fundamental basketball while giving us the best opportunity to be competitive. I highly recommend giving this offense a try.


    Dy says:
    3/5/2014 at 5:35:42 AM

    This system fits the PH national team, a lot of small but talented players. It has also bring the PH team to the FIBA Worlds this year. The system creates unpredictable offense by attacking the basket by one of the perimeter guys and passing the ball if blocked by a defender.


    John says:
    5/13/2014 at 12:44:50 AM

    I think this offense is optimal for teams with "talent," but in my opinion, what many coaches tend to overlook, at least at the high school level, is that talent can (and should) be developed. We often believe that we are stuck with the talent we are given, and we only have time for the x's and o's; "if players want to improve, they need to do it on their own time." This is backwards thinking. We get these kids for four years! This is an offense that would be effective for any program that places a high emphasis on skill development. It's a basketball system designed for basketball players. I like it.


    Ken Sartini says:
    5/13/2014 at 5:08:32 PM

    John -

    Regardless of the offense of defense you want to run.... you have to teach your kids the fundamentals of the game. We worked on fundamentals every day ( I was the vasrity coach ) You have to correct the problems if you can, might not happen no matter how hard you work.

    While we ARE stuck with who they drop off at the door , its up to us to teach them... sometimes it will work for you and other times, its not going to happen. They have to have some type of athleticism.

    I for one do not like this offense, only because my talent level coulcn't make this work. We ran a Open Post offense and at times we could drive and look to kick it out or go to the hole. NOW< IF I had a great talent pool, I might have thought differently. JMO


    f&ck says:
    4/21/2017 at 5:02:04 AM

    dribble drive is effective only if you have very very very quick ball handlers and 4 great shooters in the floor.


    Jeff says:
    4/24/2017 at 9:20:11 AM

    I respectfully disagree. I have used dribble drive type of offense with both high school and youth teams with only one decent shooter on the team.


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