Pass To Middle, Open The Floor

Pressure defenses prey on ball handlers trapped near the sidelines, have a player flash from the front court to the middle and create several scoring options

WHY USE IT
This press breaker works best against a zone full- or threequarter- court defense as the flashing player finds a gap in the floor’s middle.

SET UP
Maximize your best ball handlers by having a lessskilled dribbler serve as the inbounder (typically a power forward). The player flashing to the middle needs good hands, solid dribbling skills and clear decision-making abilities.

HOW TO PLAY
The guards positioned at the elbows flash to opposite corners. Try to get the ball to the point guard in the near corner. Then, the small forward flashes to the middle [1]. The point passes to the small forward. The opposite guard moves up the court while the inbounder serves as the safety [2]. The middle ball handler looks opposite to the streaking guard to break the pressure. If she isn’t open, the ball handler has the option to dribble into the front court or pass back to the safety as the center occupies the middle [3].

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TECHNIQUE
Work on the small forward’s timing of the cut as well as securing the ball before looking to pass upcourt. Watch the center under the hoop for an easy score.