Flex Offense - How To Handle Switching Screens and One Critical Tip That Will Make Any Offense Better

Check out this video where Don Kelbick explains how to handle defenses that switch screens against the flex offense.

One Critical Tip That Will Make Any Offense Better

Early in my coaching career, I used the Swing Offense with a middle school team and a high school team. I was very strict with this continuity offense. I wanted them to run the pattern properly and I drilled and drilled and drilled this offensive pattern.

However, I made a huge mistake that is quite common with young coaches... I taught an offense before teaching kids how to play.

What was the result? Our offense stunk.

During games, after just a few passes, the players would just freeze because they were afraid to deviate from the pattern or didnít know how to counter the defense.

I didnít teach them how to be adaptable players. I didnít teach them how to cut and get open. I didnít teach them different options to attack screens. I didnít teach them how to play if the pattern or play was disrupted by the defense.

The same thing happens with plays.

In the video above, Don does a great job of teaching players how to be adaptable. He teaches offensive concepts to counter the defense within the structure of the flex offense.

As the great Don Meyer would have said, ďTeach your players how to play...not how to run a play.Ē

Related Pages & Helpful Resources

Using the Flex Offense Versus a Zone Defense
Flex Offense Drills - Screen the Screener Shooting Drill
3 Essential Flex Offense Plays From the 1-4 High Entry Set

Recommended DVDs:

The Hybrid Flex Offense with Don Kelbick
This DVD set includes the basic flex pattern, how to introduce hybrid options and motion counters, how to teach the flex, 8 alternate entries to disguise and initiate the flex offense, how to handle all defensive situations such as pressure and switching, 5 highly effective scoring options out of the flex offense, and flex drills to develop the offense. This DVD is 80 minutes long and neatly organized ... (more info)


Most Likes First   Oldest First   Newest First

Leave a Comment
Email (not published)
Six minus two is equal to?  (Prevents Spam)
 Load New Question
Leave this Blank
    Check this box to receive an email notification when someone else comments on this page.