Early Offense

Offensive Transition

Why the Need for Early Offense?

The main reason for early offense, accompanied by flow action, is to force the defense to react rather than act! This simply put is to advance the ball quickly into the front court areas and attack before the defense is able to become organized into a disruptive force. As defensive specialists over the many years of coaching, we have found the most difficult teams to defend were the ones with offenses that pushed the ball into the front court hash mark areas in the time span of 3 to 5 seconds.

This early offense push creates quick medium jump shots, or penetration lay-ups, or kick out passes for scores to occur before the defense had a chance to set up and disrupt any organized set play. We have also found that when teams walked the ball up the court, they were much easier to defend because the defense was able to get its players back into positions near the basket were they could execute pressure denials, traps to disrupt the offensive flow and to force rushed shots as time on the clock became a factor.


Learn More Three Phases of Early Offense

Keys to Success

Thoughts to Consider

Learn More Phase 1: Early Push

Attacking Out Numbered Situations

Proven Fast Break Attacks

Press Break Guidelines

Learn More Phase 2: Early Flow Sets

Learn More Phase 3: Continuity

Learn More Installing an Early Offense

Coaching Objectives

Whole-Part-Whole Method of Teaching

Drills for Skills

Game Strategies

Learn More The Case for the Defense - Defensive Transition





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