Mike Rice: Re-Screening Motion Offense
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- Maximize two keys to offensive success: Scoring in the paint and getting to the free throw line
- This is a good offense for smaller teams and teams that are skilled with the basketball
- Learn how to simplify the game for your players so they can play without thinking
with Mike Rice, Rutgers University Head Coach;
former Robert Morris University Head Coach,
2008 NEC Jim Phelan Coach of the Year,
NABC District 3 Coach of the Year
Mike Rice’s success is built on a solid half court man defense, scoring in the paint and getting to the free throw line. In the on-court clinic presentation, Coach Rice reveals how he developed his offensive philosophy and re-screening motion to fulfill these two keys on offense.
One of the easiest ways to score in the paint is off the fast break, and the biggest key to transition offense is spacing. Proper spacing helps your players get a quick, clear read of the “advantages” on the floor. This allows for easy baskets from short range.
To develop an effective transition game, Rice demonstrates his 5-on-0 transition drill. This is a continuous drill geared toward making layups, jump shots, getting to penetration spots, and working on the next pass – all of which are vital to this re-screening motion offense. This drill serves as a good warm-up as well as getting your players comfortable playing at a game pace.
Coach Rice’s Re-screen Motion Offense will allow for easy open looks at the basket. The principles of the offense are simple so your players won’t have to do a lot of thinking on the floor; it’s more reaction and instincts. The main principles are: that a big and a guard work together on one side of the floor using seven types of screening and reacting actions.
After a set entry is used and the play does not result in a score or turnover, they use the re-screen to get back into an offensive set. The back side players are constantly screening, which opens the middle for penetration spots and keeps the defense from double teaming on the ball side.
Rice begins the Re-Screen Motion breakdown with a 2-on-2 drill. He shows the flare-to-pinch re-screen, the back-to-down, the slice-to-flat, the slice-to-down, the back-to-slice, and down action. The players are reading and reacting to the defense and their teammates action. Rice brings it all together in a 5-on-0 Dummy Offense, with the pair screening action on both sides, the use of the dribble to reverse the ball, feeding the post and communicating.
This offense is good for smaller teams who don’t have a true post player or have a team with players who are skilled with the basketball.
Produced at the Spring 2010 Pittsburgh, PA clinic.