So you’ve decided to run the 4 out 1 in motion offense, here are 10 drills you can use in practice to teach it.
We’ve put together 3 types of drills:
- Shooting drills that simulate 4 out 1 in scenarios
- Breakdown drills for guard-guard, guard-forward and forward-forward rules.
- Games that incorporate all the rules that build up from 2 on 0 upwards.
- Form shooting
- Mikan drill
- JJ Reddick slide 3’s
- Bigs 3 man 2 balls
- Olympic shooting 3 man 2 balls
- High flare screen shooting
- Guard – guard breakdown drill
- Forward – forward breakdown drill
- Guards 2 on 2 game
- Forwards 2 on 2 game
- Forward guard 2 on 2 game
- 3 man combo drill
The backbone to the 4 out 1 in is perimeter shooting and players love shooting. Here are some shooting drills that mimics shots they will get in this offense.
1. Form shooting warmup
Goal: Focus on form and technique.
- Start 5 feet from rim, on each made shot move 1 step back.
- All the way out to FT line
- Lift & follow through, perfect form, catch hi/keep hi, 10 toes pointing to basket.
2. MIKAN DRILL “catch high, keep high”
- 10 Mikan shots (stand underneath basket and score), off two feet, alternate left & right
- 10 Reverse Mikan shots, off two feet, alternate left & right
3. JJ Redick SLIDE THREES
- Pump fake, slide line, shoot 3
- 30 seconds, 3 man-2 ball, rotate spots
4. BIGS 3 man 2 balls
- Lane Jumpers 15 feet, good spacing, good passes
- 3 man 2 balls rotate spots. 2 shooters, 1 rebounder. Shoot, rebound and pass to open person. Relocate to new shooting spot.
5. OLYMPIC SHOOTING 3 man, 2 ball shooting
Set up quick, shoot slow
- First guy shots, follows shot, kicks out, relocates
- 3 Rounds of shooting, make 10: 15 foot shooting, MUST have good spacing,
- Between each round, rest by make 10 free throws.
Can try restricting to these locations:
C) point/opposite wing
6. High flare screen shooting drill
Goal: Practice shots we will get in a game.
- There are 4 different cuts between the forward and guard:
- Straight and flash
- Curl and pop
- Out cut/rescreen/flash
- Back cut and pop
- If it’s the first time, let the players run each option in sequence.
- You can ask the players to decide what to run but the rule is that they cannot repeat the same action twice in a row.
Break down drills
These drills break down the rules for the guard guard, guard forward and forward forward rules.
7. Breakdown forward drills
These drills are meant to introduce the rules for the 2 forwards as an introduction.
8. Breakdown drills for guards
These are simplified drills for the rules between 2 guards. There are 4 scenarios:
- Pass and cut
- Pass and screen
- Pass and receive screen
- Dribble and backdoor cut
- Have your players execute each option once.
- Then ask them to decide on their own what to run
- Rule: You cannot use the same action twice in a row. Each time should be different.
- This allows them to engage and make their own decisions.
Now that your players understand the basic rules, you can incorporate it into competitive games. This makes them engaged and start making decisions on their own.
9. Guards 2 on 2 with a coach
Get guards comfortable with moving without the ball and the rules for 4 out. Adding a coach reduces the dribbling so players can practice cutting and screening off ball.
- Have 2 guards play against 2 defenders
- Have to score on 1/2 of the floor (right hand side in this diagram)
- Rule: Player must CUT or SCREEN or receive a SCREEN. Can’t stand still.
- Coach starts with ball but players can pass back if no options to reset.
- Screener must also cut after screen.
- Max 2 dribbles.
10. Forwards 2 on 2 game
Purpose: Get forwards familiar with the high/low opposite motions.
- Play 2 on 2
- Use forward rules: always stay opposite and diagonal
- If 1 player gets ball in post, the other must rip down low also.
11. Forward and guard 2 on 2 with coach
Practice the different options off the guard and forward combo with 4 out 1 in rules.
- Play 2 on 2 with 1 guard and 1 forward
- Rule: Only forward can screen for guard
- Only allow 3 dribbles max for offense. If stuck, pass to coach to reset play.
12. Combo drills combining 3 players
Purpose: Mix the guard and forwards together and get familiar with the guard/forward rules.
- Run through the 3 scenarios below.
- Once comfortable, play 3 on 3.
#askCoachbase: Do you run the 4 out 1 in motion? Share your favorite drills in the comments section below or let us know if these drills worked out for you.
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