How to Merge Offense Drills and Skill Development - Motion Offense Build Up Drills

This article will show you a super efficient way to build your offense and develop your team's shooting, dribbling, footwork, and passing at the same time.

Better Players = Better Offense.

As a youth and high school coach, we are definitely limited on our practice time. Some of you only get 1 hour per week!!

That means we need to be extremely diligent in the drills that we choose.

As a younger coach, I would always have a skill development session during practice and an offense session during practice.

When I started to combine both into the same drill, we started to get a lot better. And it happened quicker.

So let's get to some specific drills and examples that show you how to build your offense and improve skill development at the same time!

Let me show you an example with the 5-out motion that I teach to some of my youth and high school teams in the first few practices.

Progression 1 - 1v0 Pass and Cut

One of the first things that I teach to our players is simply how to pass and cut.

Here is what the drill looks like.

Player starts in triple threat with their eyes on the rim.

Player passes to a person on the wing.

Player fakes in opposite direction, then basket cuts.

The person on the wing passes to the player for the lay up.

In the first progression, you're practicing...

  • Starting in a good offensive position.

  • Passing.

  • Proper footwork to cut to the basket.

  • Finishing near the rim.

So now you're working all of these skills to become a better player while reinforcing a rule in your motion offense.

This this case, the offensive rule is pass and move.

And in this situation, the movement was a basket cut or "give and go."

You can also use assistants and players as passers, so you utilize different baskets to ensure a high amount of repetitions for every player on your team.

Progression 2 - 2v0 Pass, Cut, and Fill: Shot

The second part of this progression is the exact same at the first progression, except you have two players on the floor now.

Player 1 starts in triple threat with their eyes on the rim.

Player 1 passes to coach on the wing.

Player 1 fakes in opposite direction, then basket cuts.

This time the coach doesn't pass the ball to player 1.

Player 1 finishes the cut at the rim, pivots while keeping their eye on the passer, and cuts to open spot on perimeter. In this situation, it would be the left corner.

As the player 1 began the cut, player 2 takes two steps down towards the lane to simulate making contact with the defender. This also helps with timing, so you're not too close to the first cutter.

Then player 2 cuts to the top of the key.

Coach passes the ball to Player 2 who turns and shoots. They rebound and switch lines.

Once again, you're practicing all of the same things in the first progression, triple threat, passing, footwork, shooting, and cutting.

And you're working on another aspect of your offense...

Whenever the offensive player with the ball is next to you and passes away from you, take two steps down into the lane to set up your man. Then you blast cut to the ball.

So once again, you're improving the skill level of your players while working on the situations in your offense!

You're getting the best of both worlds.

Progression 3 - 2v0 Pass and Cut With Backdoor Cut

You take the exact same drill as above, so you can continue to master the rules of your offense and add new progressions to work on more skills and more rules of your offense.

Now, instead of the 2nd player catching the ball at the top of the key, you'll add a third rule of your motion offense...

Any time you are overplayed, cut backdoor.

Now, you have enough to start a motion offense!!

Here are some skill development progressions work on dribble moves, triple threat footwork, finishing moves, and shooting off the dribble.

2v0 Pass, Cut, and Fill: Step Through Triple Threat Move > Dribble Attack > Lay Up

Player 2 catches the ball, shot fakes, executes step through footwork, then dribble attacks the hoop and shoots a lay up.

2v0 Pass, Cut, and Fill: Step Through Triple Threat Move > Dribble Attack > Side Step Finishing Move

Player 2 catches the ball, shot fakes, executes step through footwork, dribble attacks the hoop and uses a side step move at the basket to shoot a lay up.

2v0 Pass, Cut, and Fill: Step Through Triple Threat Move > Dribble Move > Jump Shot

Player 2 catches the ball, shot fakes, step through, dribble change, jump shot.

You can also construct drills that incorporate screening and shooting -- or any aspects of your offense with skill development mixed in.

That's one of the biggest benefits of the motion offense. You can practice your motion and fundamental skills at the same time. The combinations are endless!

And you're improving the skills of your players while engraining the rules of your offense with hundreds, possibly thousands of repetitions.

You can even practice defense at the same time as well. Now you're tripling the efficiency!

Then after this, play some 2v2 and 3v3 where you start with the same action. Your offense learns how to apply the skills against defense.

And what's even better is that you don't need 10 players to work on your offense! I know that youth coaches run into this issue all of the time.

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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Steve G says:
11/13/2020 at 9:51:27 PM

Can you help me understand what the other offensive players are supposed to do in terms of positioning and motion. I’d like to be able to work the progressions into a 5v5.

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Jeff Haefner says:
11/14/2020 at 6:43:04 AM

Number 1 rule is to maintain good spacing... players should stay about 12-15 feet apart. It doesn't really need to be more complicated than that.

As an example, you can see a simple 5 out pass and cut pattern here where players keep good spacing:


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