None of these skills have to do with Xs and Os but all of them can lead to more victories By Sue Phillips, head coach, Archbishop Mitty High School (San Jose, Calif.) girls team. 2018 Wilson Sporting Goods/WBCA High School National Coach of the Year Lost in the search for the best quick hitter or... MORE
Use 2 Passes To Go Length Of Court
Avoid launching a long, low-probability pass with little time on the clock and rather get the ball into the hands of a guard, which makes for a shorter pass to the front court.
Why use it
It’s a daunting task to go the length of the court in just a few seconds. But, that doesn’t mean you run a couple screens 80 feet from the ball and throw a Hail Mary pass. Use the lack of attention on the backcourt to your advantage to trim down the space to cover and increase your chances to score.
4 is inbounding. The play works better if 4 can run the baseline but you still can get the ball into play if not. 1 and 2 are in the backcourt with 3 standing just in front of the opposite basket and 5 is at the top of the key on the far end of the floor facing that basket.
How to play
2 steps toward 1 to set a screen. 1 comes in front of 2’s screen and moves to the opposite side of the floor as 4 runs with 1 (if allowed). 4 passes to 1 [diagram 1].
1 takes a dribble if there is time but regardless, 1 must pass the ball up the court to a spot where 3 needs to get. When 3 sees the ball moving up the left side of the floor, 3 runs off 5’s right shoulder and curls to the passing spot [diagram 2].
If 4 reads the defense flowing with the point guard, 4 stops running the baseline and passes to 2. 3 reads this and comes off 5’s left shoulder and to a spot on the right side of the floor for the pass [diagram 3].
If you have three seconds or more, the guard has time for a dribble but if fewer than three seconds, it’s not enough time to put the ball on the floor.
- 1. Be sure 4 is certain if he or she can run the baseline or not — the play still is effective even if 4 cannot run the baseline
- 2. 3 reads the action in the backcourt, so in this instance 3 runs at 5 (who is facing the basket at this end) and runs toward 5’s right shoulder
- 3. 1 catches the ball and immediately passes to a spot on the wing in the front court expecting 3 to be there
- 4. 3 curls around 5’s screen and hustles to where the ball is intended to go, and from there 3 either shoots immediately or takes a dribble (if there is time) to set up a better look
- 5. When the defense overplays the point guard, 2 shifts toward the sideline and catches the inbound pass from 4
- 6. 3 has to read this and attack from the opposite side of 5 to curl toward the ball