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Motion Offense for Youth Basketball
When teaching a patterned offense and set plays, you waste countless hours trying to get players to memorize the pattern. This is a waste of time and takes away from skill development (which is the MOST important thing for young kids).
Back to my original point, here's how you can work on Skills (fundamentals) and Motion Offense at the same time...
- First, pick a couple cuts or screens that you think would be good for your group. For example, you could choose down-screens and away-screens.
- Next, run shooting/footwork drills that incorporate those movements. You could have two offensive players (no defense). One player on the wing, another player on the block. A coach or third player could have the ball on top of the key. The player on the wing sets a down screen, the other player rubs off the screen, catches the ball, pivots, and shoots. Now repeat over and over. Your players are working on screens (part of your motion offense), pivoting footwork and shooting (skills).
- You can do the same thing with away screens, basket cuts, and any type of cut or screen. The key is to choose a couple elements from your motion offense and turn those elements into skill building drills. Your imagination is the only limit to the types of drills you can come up with. It's also important to mix things up and make the drills fun too!
In a youth motion offense, your primary rules should allow you to maintain spacing, maintain order, keep people moving, and keep everyone involved. For example, use a 5-out motion and have three rules:
- After every pass, the passer moves. (Cut or screen)
- Do not stand still for more than 2 seconds.
- Take the first good shot.
Youth coaches should concentrate on teaching skills and then just letting kids play. Motion is perfect for that.
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