Ram Action Plays by Wes Kosel

Ram Action

Written by Wes Kosel

Wes Kosel will enter his first season as an Assistant Coach at Augustana University under Tom Billeter in 2016-2017. Kosel came to Sioux Falls after two season at Colorado College as the lead assistant. Kosel, a native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, served as an assistant coach at Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Texas Lutheran University from 2012-2014. Kosel graduated from the University of Kansas in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He also has a master’s degree in physical education from the University of Houston. While attending Kansas, Kosel served as an assistant coach at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. A life-long student of the game, Kosel honed his coaching skills by working summer camps for various programs in Texas, Colorado, Missouri, and New Mexico. Kosel also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified Personal Trainer, both of which are certifications earned through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Kosel and his wife, Molly, live in Colorado Springs.

August 12, 2016

Ram Action Plays by Wes Kosel

Attached in this playbook are five “ram action” plays. The ram action is when a player receives a screen off the ball as a cutter (typically a down screen or cross screen) and instead of cutting to score he cuts to set a ball screen. The benefit of this action is that the cutter’s defender is at a disadvantage trying to get through the initial screen and will be slow getting to the ball screen coverage. Many teams are using ram actions in a variety of ways to score and open up the ball screener for scoring opportunities. Against teams that like to hard hedge or switch, this action can throw off the ball screen defense and force the ballhandler’s defender to feel isolated in ball screen coverage. Depending on how the ball screener’s defender recovers, you can implement actions to attack the over-aggressiveness of teams that try to recover out of the ram action.

Ram Action Playbook

France – Quick Post Ram

1 uses a ball screen from 4 and hits 4 on the pop. 5 then screens for 2 sending 2 out to set a ram action ball screen for 4.

Ram Action

Canada – Ram Roll/Replace

Canada sends the trailing big down into the lane to screen for 5. 5 cuts out towards the high post and continues out to set a ball screen for 1.

Ram Action

Cal State Bakersfield – Ram Chicago

CSUB combines a ram and chicago action in this play making it very difficult for defenses to keep up.

Ram Action

Texas A&M – Zipper Ram

5 sets a zipper screen for 4 who cuts right into a slot ball screen for 2.

Ram Action

Wichita State – Middle Ram

The Shockers use this play to get the defense moving and spaced out for a high ball screen action between the 4 man and the point guard.

Ram Action

Click on the pdf link below to download the Ram Action Playbook:

Ram Action Playbook by Wes Kosel

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