Master Planning for Your Basketball Season

By Lin Dunn

Master Planning for Your Basketball Season

KEY TECHNICAL AREAS IN BASKETBALL
X and O’s; Practice; Staff; Game day/ Game adjustments-strategies; Scouting

1– INDIVIDUAL OFFENSIVE FUNDAMENTALS
shooting( fundamentals) lay ups, midrange jumper, 3’s off pass- off dribble-off screen, free throws; passing, ball handling, footwork–jump stop, pivoting, getting open, flashing, diving, rips, cutting-from/back, curling, flaring, spacing, post-up 1 on 1 moves with counters

2–INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE FUNDAMENTALS
footwork, closeouts, hands/arms/knees, take a charge, defending the dribble drive, (where you will funnel ball), boxing out-rebounding(front/rear pivot) in paint, out of paint

3–TEAM OFFENSIVE FUNDAMENTALS
penetrate and pitch; screening off ball–cross, rip, diagonal, zipper, pin away, ucla, hawk, staggers, garage, flare; screening on ball- middle/side/elbo/step up–rolling, slipping, popping; reading the defense; passing in to post- cutting, filling, replacing, screening away; dribble handoffs; pitch post; hi- lo action;

4–TEAM DEFENSIVE FUNDAMENTALS
See ball-see man; move on pass-jumping to ball; jamming cutters, opening up; denying; helping- recovering; perimeter defense- deny, help, open, close; post defense–front, half ballside, behind, rake, double; flares; curls; dribble handoffs; pinch post; splits;

5–OFFENSIVE SYSTEM
defining your style; transition–from make/miss/steal; early offense(first 6-8 secs); quick hits; 1/4ct sets vs man and zone; plan to get 3’s; isolations/mismatches/attack opponent in foul trouble; attacking junk- triangle and 2, box and 1; bobs-regular clock-low clock vs man or zone; sobs– regular clock- low clock- vs man or zone(last minute of gm see below-special situations)

6–DEFENSIVE SYSTEM
defining your style; transition-smother, stop long pass; full court-half court schemes- man/zone; presses- man/zone; defend off ball screens–jam and force one way, lock and trail, switch, slide thru; on ball screens–show/over, jam and under, slide thru, trap, switch, ice, ice red;(team rotations for each scheme); sobs/bobs– man/zone..straight, invert, jam and force down, switch off inbounder, low clock(see last min end gm below)

7–SPECIAL SITUATIONS OFFENSE
start gm; start 2nd-3rd-4th qtr and OT; end qtrs; end gm–move ball with timeout/no timeout; sobs last min when u move ball wi timeout– tied, hold for last shot, ahead- inbound to best ft shooter expect foul, behind–need a 2- need a 3;( plays must work vs man and zone!); ATO’s; jump ball to start gm; After free throws; low shot clock; 2 for 1- end of qtr;

8–SPECIAL SITUATIONS DEFENSE
start gm; start and end qtrs; After free throws; end gm; ATO’s; take a foul; jump ball to start gm; low shot clock; stop/disrupt star; def subbing end gm; end gm last min sobs–get 5 sec call, face guard, big on inbounder, invert, deny best ft shooter inbound pass, trap after pass comes in, show zone-go man, show man-go zone, switch all-before comes in, after comes in;

9–BENCH COACHING–GAME DAY
use of assistants, use of timeouts, substitution pattern, shoot around, pre-game, halftime, post game; tolerance level( how many unanswered pts by opponents before you call a timeout)

10–SCOUTING OPPONENT
developing off gm plan; developing def gm plan; content of written reports for assistants, for players; use of staff; video scouts; post game feedback for players; compiling and saving information on opponents

11–DRILLS
Off/Def. shooting from sets/actions; 1 on 1, 2on 2, 3 on 3, 4 on 4, 5 on 5 buildup, multiple, short, intense, competitive,
12–OFF-DEF SIGNALS
Terminology; verbal, hand, bobs-sobs, quicks, sets, 2 man defense schemes

OTHER
**Instilling your Culture/Core Values in everything you do; goals–plan to archives goals
**Practice planning; length, content, order, time management( based on pre, in , late season); use of video; rest-recovery..before season, during season, late season

**Delegating and supervising the responsibilities of assistants and support staff, during practice, during games–game day; ownership; empowerment
**Post season evaluation of self, assistants, support staff, post season feedback to direct supervisor

**Year round master plan — pre-season, in season, post season, off season

**Use of resources– synergy, fastdraw, hudl, dropbox, computers, ipads, iphones, etc
**Year round individual player skill development plan;

**Spring/Summer/Fall- coaches improvement plan
**Year round individual strength- fitness plan

-Lin Dunn

Lin Dunn, a 44 year coaching veteran, coached Purdue to the 1994 Final Four, has coached in the Olympics and world championships and won a WNBA title with the Fever in 2012. One of the most accomplished women’s basketball coaches in history and a pioneer for women in sports, Dunn was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.