Coaching Basketball: Breaks, Presses and More

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Coaching Basketball: Breaks, Presses and More

George Hatchett

Head Basketball Coach

Coach Hatchett demonstrates breaks, presses and inbounds plays against various defenses.

Secondary Break Formation

Here Vestavia coach George Hatchett and his rebel squad demonstrate a variety of secondary break formations to advance the ball quickly up the floor in order to set up their half-court offense. Using color-code designation to signal which side of the floor to begin advancement, the players concentrate on quick forward passing to set up their ‘three out, two in’ formation which begins the Rebel’s half-court set.

Man Press and Zone Press Situations

Here, Coach Hatchett and the Rebels work on advancing the basketball up the floor in either a man-press or zone-press situation. In either scenario, the ‘two’ players sets a pick for the ‘one’ player, allowing for several inbound and advancement options. Hatchett also describes proper methods for distinguishing a man-to-man press from a zone press.

One-Three Exchange on a Man Press

In this video, Coach Hatchett works on getting additional help in the backcourt during a man-press situation. Here, the Rebels ‘one’ player sets a half-court pick for the ‘three’ player, who sets up on a short-court passing lane for the inbounder. The ‘two’ man handles long-court duties as the one-player returns following his pick to help work the middle of the floor.

Pick and Roll

In this segment, Hatchett discusses a pick-and-roll option for advancing the basketball after a made shot to break a full-court press defense. Here, the ‘two’ player runs cross-court short to long at the ‘one’ player, who sets up on the short passing angle. Once in the half-court set, the offense presents a number of options, including a drive to basket by ‘one’, pitch to the ‘two’ for a jumper, or a back pick by ‘three’ for ‘four’ for an over-the-top pass down low.

Zone Press

Here, Hatchett explains strategies for inbounding and advancing the basketball in a zone-press situation. With the ‘one’ and ‘two’ players setting a pick before breaking short and long respectively, Hatchett gives his inbounder four options to inbound the basketball.

One Player Inbounding in Zone Press

Another option for beating a zone press, Hatchett has the ‘one’ player inbound the ball diagonally to the long-court, receiving a reversal pass before advancing the ball up the court. Once past half-court, the Rebels enter their secondary break offense before setting up a more typical half-court set against man coverage.

Two Player Inboundnig in a Zone Press

Here, Hatchett illustrates strategy to beat a zone press with the ‘two’ player inbouding. Given option of inbounding the ‘three’ player long or ‘one’ player short, the Rebels reverse the ball to the ‘two’ before hitting the ‘one’ at half-court. From there, they set-up a typical half-court offense against a half-court zone defense

Inboundnig Against Half Court Trap

In this video, Coach Hatchett discusses inbounding the basketball against a half-court trap. In this strategy, the ‘one’ player handles the ball, dribbling up one side of the floor with the ‘two’ guard working the middle of the floor in a reversal role, similar to their strategy for handling a full court press.

Two-One-Two Set Against a Half Court Trap

Another strategy for handing a half-court trap, Hatchett explains how this formation gives the offense a couple of options depending on the defense’s reactions. The offense can remain in a two-one-two set if the defense remains in the half-court trap formation, or, convert to a half-court offense if the defense adjusts to man or zone coverage.

Converting to a Half-Court Offensive Set

Hatchett explains strategy for converting to a basic half-court offense when facing a half-court press. The offense will remain in the two-one-two set with a post player high until a convert signal is given. Then, the offense converts into a basic zone half-court offense.