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Motion Offense Drill: Developing Skills & Teaching Cuts and Screens At The Beginning Of The Season (And 3 Rules For Motion Offense)
In this video clip, Coach Kelbick demonstrates a motion offense drill that you can use to teach cuts, screens, and concepts when first teaching the motion offense to your team.
Personally, I like to use drills like this at the beginning of the season for maybe one or two practices depending on my team's skill level and experience.
With a group of experienced players, you may be able to skip it altogether. That's based on your coaching philosophy.
This video is from Don Kelbick's Motion Offense DVD.
Motion Offense Cuts and Movements
As you probably know, there are hundreds of cuts and movements that players can make in a motion offense. In this video, Don Kelbick highlights:
- Pass & basket cut
- Pass & screen away
- A slash cut off of the screen for a shot
- Curl cut low off of the screen & the screener rolls back high
- A slash cut and the screener rolls back low to the ball
- Opposite wing cuts to the ball for a shot
There are numerous cuts and movements you can use in this drill. As your players start to master the skills shown in this video, you can add other cuts and movements like:
- Screen down & slash cut for a shot
- Screener roll back to the ball for a shot
- Back screen
- Screener pop out for a shot
- UCLA screen for a shot
- Backdoor cut
- Flare off of a screen for a shot
This drill is a great implementation tool for your motion offense. It helps to illustrate that everybody's movement creates opportunities for yourself or someone else.
In a practice setting, you'll want to split your players up to ensure more repetitions. For the purpose of filming the video, only one basket was used.
The Three Rules of a Motion Offense
This drill is great because it helps your players follow Don Kelbick's three rules of a motion offense:
Share the ball - This drill focuses on different cuts and movements, but also hitting cutters and players coming off of screens with good passes in their shooting pocket. Sharing the ball is the #1 rule of this motion offense, and this drill helps to emphasize that.
Do what you do best, and recognize what your teammates do best - By adding different cuts and movements in this drill, your players will begin to not only recognize their strengths within the motion offense, but also their teammates' strengths.
Create space - An effective motion offense is all about having proper spacing so that your offense flows. By teaching the different cuts and movements with this drill, your players will begin to recognize when their spacing is poor and the movements they need to make to remedy that.
Running an Effective Motion Offense
Coach Kelbick likes to start with 2 vs. 0 drills and progress to 3 vs. 0, 4 vs. 0, and 5 vs. 0. This helps players identify cuts and movements without having to be distracted by what the defense is doing. This provides structure for players to learn the motion offense.
Once your players have developed a better understanding of the motion offense, you can add defenders.
Don Kelbick's Motion Offense DVDs do a great job of breaking down the motion offense into pieces. There are numerous drills and situations you can use for your practices to help develop an effective motion offense for your team.
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