Basketball Motion Offense eBook -- How to Develop a High Scoring Motion Offense
Types Of Motion Offenses CoveredThough every coach tries to put his mark on the motion offense they run, there really are only 4 basic types. These types are categorized by the number of players that are on the perimeter and the number of players that are in the post.
- The 5 out motion is an offense that has all 5 men on the perimeter.
- The 4 out / 1 in motion has 4 players on the perimeter and 1 player in the post.
- The 3 out / 2 in motion has 3 players on the perimeter and 2 players in the post.
- The 2 out / 3 in motion has 2 players on the perimeter and 3 players in the post.
What is a motion offense?What is a motion offense? Don't all offenses have motion? These are good questions.
Yes, all offenses should have some type of motion to them. But where does that motion come from? If there are a series of pre-planned cuts and passes, then what you have is some type of set offense. It can be a continuity offense, such as a shuffle offense, or a system offense, such as the UCLA High-Low Post. It could be a quick hitter offense, with 1 or 2 passes and a couple of cuts designed to get a particular player a shot in a designated place.
A motion offense is a free form offense that has no pre-planned cuts or passes. Rather it has rules and options. Motion offenses are often called "Read and React" offenses. Where set offenses have pre designed passes and cuts, a motion offense gives players a choice of what to do depending on what the player sees the defense do. No two motion offenses are alike. One motion offense can change from game to game, even half to half, depending on how it is defended. Pass and screen, pass and cut, curl and pop, inside-out, flare and cut -- this is the language of the motion offense.
A motion offense uses the skills of its players and tries to mesh them into a five man blur that is difficult to defend. While there are great players playing inside of motion offenses, the true trait of a good motion offense is the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A lesser player uses the strengths of the stronger players to raise the level of his game. Each player is called upon to do only what he is good at and depends on his teammates to help him do so. He, in turn, helps his teammates do what they excel at.
The key to motion offenses is constant movement. Not just one player moving, but all players and the ball moving. Not just moving but moving with a purpose. Each cut predicates an action by the other 4 players. Each defensive overplay dictates a counter by the offense.
Motion offenses are simple to run and fun to play. With the right attitudes and group of players, a motion offense can be an effective and potent weapon.
Why Should You Consider Teaching a Motion Offense?The advantages of a motion offense are almost too many to count. With as many as appear here, I am sure that everyone who runs a motion can come up with 2 or 3 that are not listed. Here are some common advantages...
Difficult to Scout - A motion offense is different every time down the floor. With ever improving technology, expanding staffs, increasing visibility through the use of media and film, scouting has become so precise that it is difficult to run a play without the defense anticipating two cuts in advance. Through my scouting experience, I know teams are picked apart play by play. Coaches collect calls and keys, match them to their own terminology, relay that information to the players on the court and the players instantly relate it to their scouting sessions.
A motion offense renders all of that scouting work useless and really limits the value of scouting your team all together. Because it is a free form, read and reaction offense, no 2 possessions are alike. The defense may be waiting for a pass and screen away and the offense runs a pass and go. The absence of play calls causes uncertainty on the part of the defense and erodes their confidence. Lack of defensive confidence eventually leads to easy baskets.
Better Player Development & Fundamentals - With a motion offense, you can spend more time in skill development due to the fact that there no plays to practice and there is more time to spend on playing basketball!
Running a motion offense allows you to develop a complete player. Because the offense demands fundamental skills in the 3 offensive areas (shooting, passing, ballhandling), player development becomes more universal. Sure, your posts should work on post moves and your guards will work on their specific skills, but on the whole, positions can work on their skills together and do the same drills. Players with more limited range (such as post players) will just shoot a little closer to the basket, but ballhandling and passing drills will all be the same. It is easy to construct drills that not only improve skills but reinforce basic tenants of the offense. For example, practicing your perimeter jump shots off of screen downs not only gets you shot repetitions but also simulates a motion action.
When you run a motion offense, your breakdown drills become multi purpose. 3 on 3 work, live defensive drills, fast break drills all become drills to improve your motion offense skills.
Complete Flexibility - A motion offense provides the team unlimited flexibility in every offensive area. The offense adapts to your personnel. Want to play 5 guards, you can. Want to play 3 posts, you can. As long as the players play within their limitations, any alignment, any philosophy, any skill set becomes a part of the offense without having to re-teach or re-learn the offense. If you are ahead, late in the game, a motion offense adapts to slow the game down and run the clock. If you are behind and need some quick buckets, a motion offense can provide you with good shots for your best shooters. Zone defenses pose no problem for a motion offense. With a motion offense's emphasis on spacing, teams can play against any type of zone with little or no adjustment.
Efficiency & Time Savings - While your team might have some other plays and might do a few other things offensively, if you run a motion offense it should be your primary offense. One of the biggest benefits is that no matter what you are practicing, you are always practicing your motion. Once your rules and philosophy are installed, you really don't have to have a specific "motion practice" in your practice plan. Can you imagine how much time that would save you?
Whenever you are practicing anything, you are practicing your motion. In 3 man defensive practice drills, run a 3 man motion against your defense. Running a 4 on 4 defensive drill, have your offense run a motion (you can run 4 on the perimeter or 3 outside and one post). Working on post offense, throw in a couple of screens and slips and you are practicing your motion. The sum benefit of this is that your offense gets better but you have created more time to work on other aspects you the team's game that need attention. You can run a practice entirely about defense yet your offense will improve as well, as long as you reinforce your motion principles to your offense.
The Easy Way to Teach Motion Offense
You'll learn about Don Kelbick's innovative teaching methods that will allow you to develop your team MUCH faster than ever before. Don shows you an extremely simple and easy way to teach the motion offense.
When practicing, Don is able to implement his motion offense, defense, and teach basketball skills at an extremely fast rate. It's literally 3 times faster than the traditional methods that most coaches use.
And you DON'T need to be a veteran coach to use this technique and implement a high scoring motion offense!
In fact, you'll discover that most coaches over-complicate things. Don has such a thorough understanding of motion offense that he is able to simplify the teaching process and remove the clutter.
What's included in the Motion Offense eBook?
In the eBook, Don breaks down each step of the teaching process for you. He also provides beginner and advanced coaches plenty of teaching tips, tricks, and techniques.
Just a few of the things you'll learn include...
- How to teach and implement any type of motion offense (step by step).
- How to implement a motion offense quickly and efficiently (learn dozens of time saving tips).
- Information about all types of motion offense including 5 out motion, 4-1 motion, 3-2 motion, 2-3 in motion.
- Motion offense philosophy
- How to teach cutting and screening in a motion offense
- The most critical aspects of a motion offense
- Step by step drills you need to implement a motion offense
- How to come up with your motions offense rules
- The 9 key elements of a high scoring motion offense
- How to teach good offensive spacing
- How to improve the "offensive confidence" of your players
- How to teach your players to make good decisions
- How to keep your players moving on offense
- How to get better scoring opportunities
- How to keep the defense guessing
- How to mold your offense to your players strengths
- How to handle game situations
- How to become a better passing team
- How to define player roles
Teaching Motion Offense to YOUTH Teams
Because the motion offense allows you to spend significantly more time teaching players fundamentals and skills. When you implement and teach this offense to your team, you actually teach them fundamentals at the exact same time.
Not to mention, this gives your players a chance to learn "how to play". In the motion they will learn how to adapt, adjust to the defense, and they will learn how to play. When you teach players patterns and predetermined cuts, they become more robotic. That's the advantage to a motion offense. It's a free form offense where players learn how to play basketball.
In fact, if I end up coaching my own son or daughter's youth basketball team, I would teach them the motion offense.
In the eBook, we devoted an entire chapter to teaching Youth Motion Offense. You'll learn exactly what to avoid and how to teach motion offense to young players.
Attacking ZONE Defenses with a Motion Offense
By using the motion offense, all you need is a few adjustments, the same offense you have taught everyday in practice is ready to go. Your team does not have to re-learn anything or have other offenses confuse them. Just play.
In the eBook you'll learn exactly how to use your motion offense to attack any type of zone defense (2-3 zone, 1-3-1 zone, 3-2 zone, and so on.) Plus you'll learn about some super easy tricks to get easy baskets against the zone defense.
Motion Offense Basketball Drills
Sample Excerpt from the eBook
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