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4 out 1 in motion
A common mistakes of a rookie coach is that they start out by teaching the “full” version of their offense, with 5 players on the court. There are several reasons why this approach is flawed:
- All great coaches have stressed the importance of paying attention to detail. The more players you have on the court, the harder it is to focus on the details.
- Your players spend lots of time standing around listening to you rather than learning through playing.
- The way most coaches do this is by splitting their team into starters vs bench- with the starters on offense and getting the most attention. If you want a deep bench that understands how to run your offense 1 through 15, then this is no way to go.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you’ll know that I love teaching basketball via small sided games. These are games with 1-4 players per team and specific goals that help breakdown an offense. Your players will learn by doing, rather than listening.
This week, I’m showing you 9 breakdown drills for the 4 out, 1 in motion offense. Note that although each drill is specific for the 4 out, they can be adapted for any motion offense with just a few tweaks.
How I suggest you use this blog is by first taking a quick look through it- I’ve highlighted what each breakdown drill is meant to focus on. If your team is having problems with that area, then learn how the drill works and put it into your next practice!
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.
25/10/2016 Edit: We’ve published a blog post with breakdown drills to implement this offense. Check it out here.
Today, we break down the “4 out 1 in” motion offense used by Jay Wright of the Villanova team that won the 2016 NCAA championship. This offense is similar to that of the Golden State Warriors’- a small ball offense relying on 3 point shooting, spacing, ball movement, that is less dependent on tall low post players.
4 reasons to run 4 out 1 in
- Great for small teams that can shoot.
- Gives players freedom to read the defense and make decisions.
- Motion teaches kids how to play, not to just run plays.
- Your players learn basic concepts of ALL offenses: cutting, timing, spacing and passing.
If you want to learn how to implement this great scheme, keep reading!