Motion Drills by Cody Sarensen

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Written by Coach Peterman

I have coached at the NCAA Division 2 (Southwestern Oklahoma State University), NAIA (USAO), and JUCO Levels (Blinn College and Carl Albert State College) as well as high school. I just felt that fellow coaches especially young coaches need to constantly work on their “game”. Just like the basketball players that we coach. We as coaches need to improve ourselves. That is my story and why I do this blog.

April 17, 2018


Cody Sarensen
Head High School Boys Basketball Coach Springfield Catholic Central High School Twitter: @CoachSarensen

The goal is to teach young players how to play, not what to play.

Our 5 Laws of Learning is our #1 teaching model we use when teaching a new skill. It is extremely important to stay consistent with this approach to teaching.

Here are our 5 LAWS OF LEARNING:
1. Explanation
2. Demonstration
3. Student Demonstrates
4. Correct Demonstration (praise, prompt, leave)
5. Repetition

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❖ Great teachers make things seem “simple”
❖ Apologize if you make a mistake.
❖ Never state what they can’t do. State what they do well and then the area they can improve upon. (i.e.- “you take the ball to the bucket really well, don’t always settle for contested jump shots).

Trying to scout against a motion offense is extremely difficult because you have 5 players moving with and without the ball really well. Players are screening, cutting, making 2nd-effort cuts, getting open shots at will. When implementing motion drills, it is important to teach and demonstrate how to read the defender and the defense as a whole. It’s also important to use the “part-whole method” when teaching motion offense. This is done by breaking down the offense in parts (i.e.-1v0, 2v0, 3v0, 4v0, 1v1, 2v2, 3v2, 4v3, etc.).

It is important to be patient with your team when teaching motion offense, especially with younger players. However, if taught correctly, you will have put the player and your team in a position to be an effective offensive team. In our program, we are teaching players how to read their defender, what type of cuts to
make, what type of screens to set and what to do with the ball.

There are many variations of the motion drills that coaches use. Depending on our personnel, we look at the 3out2in and the 4out1in alignment.

Be sure to stress the FUNdamentals, the importance of proper spacing and correct footwork. Below are a few motion drills (shooting, passing, screening, and cutting) that we use throughout our program:

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