Offense Drill #2: Off-Ball “Cutters”

BEGINNER 

  • *Variation #1 (5 min):  "Pass to Coach."  This drill starts on one side of the floor with the shooter passing down to the coach on their side of the floor, and the off-ball shooter cutting the middle, receiving a pass for a shot.
  • *Variation #2 (5 min):  "Pass Low; Off-Ball Cutter."  This drill starts on one side of the floor with the crease player first engaging their defender (imaginary) then popping out and receiving a pass from the same-side shooter.  Players should constantly be "calling for a pass," as a good habit.
    • After making the pass down to the crease player the opposite side shooter cuts the middle and receives a pass for a shot.  Alternate this pattern back and forth with "shooters" passing first and then cutting during the very next repetition in the drill.  After taking a turn in the shooter line, players rotate down to the crease line.
  • *Variation #3 (7 min):  "Swing & Cut."   Is the same as the above variation except there is a swing pass from shooter to shooter before repeating the above actions.  The player behind the player who is next in the shooter lines gives them a ball when it's their turn to go.
  • *Variation #4 & #5 (7 min):  "Dummy Defenders."  Is the same as above variations #2 & #3 except there is a volunteer defender playing “soft” defense at the shooter position; simulating the the battle required to get to the middle.   Another option is for the shooter to play defense after their turn on offense, switching to the crease line after they are done.

*Most common error = Timing the off-ball cut when the ball is passed low

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