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The Read & React Offensive System DVD Set


  • Teach players HOW to play, not run plays like robots.
  • Teach at the earliest levels of youth basketball, yet build toward an advanced, unscoutable system effective at the highest levels.
  • Develop players while building your offense.
  • Use the same system against Man-to-Man and Zone Defenses; never practice two different offenses again.
  • 5 hrs of instruction details the 20 Layers of the R&R, basic drills to build the habits, and the philosophy behind the system.

Layer 1: Pass & Cut Excerpt

Read & React is a completely unique offensive system that goes beyond teaching your team basic offensive plays. An underlying framework teaches your players the strategy behind an offense, Read & React gives them the freedom to play by principle instead of just by play.

The R&R System works even in the earliest levels of youth basketball, building an advanced offensive system that’s effective even as players move toward the most advanced levels of professional ball. It’s effective against both man-on-man and zone defenses, so you’ll never have to switch between two offensive structures again. It also helps build on team strengths as a whole, letting your best players work seamlessly with weaker players, encouraging team play.

With the Read & React Offensive System DVDs, you’ll get more than a playbook. You’ll get the only offensive system you’ll ever need, and a team with a deeper understanding of how to play a brilliant game of basketball.

This system includes:

2 DVDs detailing the 20 layers of the R&R. Implement the techniques of R&R as slowly or quickly as your team’s skill level can manage. The instructions and techniques don’t require an extensive knowledge of basketball philosophy or a high IQ, and they’re not limited by age level. Any team can put these techniques to use. By the time they reach the 20th layer, they’ll have achieved an offensive strategy that would even baffle an NBA team.

Basic drills to build the R&R habits.Many coaches consider this portion of the DVDs to be the backbone of the entire system, and for good reason: this is where the players actually learn to “read and react” offensively. They’ll internalize the techniques of the R&R system so completely that they won’t even have to think about how to execute them; it becomes a matter of instinct, automatic and simple. As a bonus, these drills also improve basic playing fundamentals. That’s right, you can develop your player’s skills while putting in your offense.



Disc 1 – Introduction & Big Picture

The first DVD of the set contains the theory behind the Read and React system. Why is this important? Because once you understand the big picture of the entire offense, including the rationale for how it solves common problems in basketball coaching, then you will be able to fully understand the Read and React System, and be able to customize its Xs and Os to your team’s strengths and to your own philosophy.



Disc 2 – Layers: The Read & React

This DVD contains the detailed 5-player coordinated movement of the actual 20 layers of the Read and React Offense, in the order they should be taught. And, at the end of each layer, you’ll see a couple of basic drills to build those habits.

Each layer consists of a very simple 2-man read in which the player without the ball reads the player with the ball. These 2-man reads are the underlying principle of the Read and React Offense, and they result in a 5-man coordinated offensive attack to create staggered screens, give and gos, dribble handoffs, assignments for dribble penetration, actions to attack zone defense, and almost every other aspect of effective offense.





TJ Rosene, Emmanuel College: 2009 NCCAA National Champions



Jenni Fitzgerald, U of Iowa Assistant: 2010 BigTen Runners-Up



Matt Lint, Titans Basketball Club: Galway, Ireland



We Are Consistently Winning Against More Experienced Teams

I purchased all Better Basketball DVDs, R&R Offense, and R&R Clinic. I have implemented the R&R offense in high school and youth levels and found them very useful in teaching kids/youngsters to become complete basketball players.

Zone defenses are dominant in Hong Kong and we previously have had to work on many rotations with countless options against different zone defenses. After teaching the R&R offense, I only need to work on a few simple rotations WITHOUT the need to go through the options. Players now would run the simple rotations but react to the actual game situations naturally with the R&R habits. Still, the skills from your Better Basketball DVDs, especially on shooting, are important against zones.

For example, with the pass and cut read (layer 3), the cutter usually gets so much attention that it would open up the rotating players for a good shot (Better Shooting). If the defender tries to recover and challenge the shot, the player would fake and slash (Better One-on-One Offense) to the hoop for a direct layup, or pitch out (layers 1 & 2) or dish (layer 4). These Better Basketball skills and R&R habits fit seamlessly. My youth team, after learning the first 5 layers, together with their already familiar rotations, can play against any zone defense and are consistently winning against more experienced teams!!

Thanks so much for producing these DVDs.

John Li
Hong Kong



I Wish I Had This System Back in My Playing Days

I recently purchased the Read & React video set and studied it over the holiday break. I love the concept and am currently in the process of teaching layer 1 to my team. I coach Varsity Boys at a small high school in a Native American village called Hoonah, Alaska. We scrimmaged in practice using layer 1 yesterday and I noticed it has immediately made my players more aggressive. I wish I had this system back in my playing days. What a fun way to play basketball. Here are some other benefits to the offense that weren’t mentioned in the videos.

  1. It allows a coach more flexibility in substitution because players don’t have to learn positions; everybody is just a player.
  2. It fosters a more aggressive mental mindset because players with the ball aren’t thinking about cutters & plays, but focusing on what they should; “How can I attack my defender?”
  3. It allows for more scrimmaging in practice (my kids’ favorite part of practice) because you don’t need 10 kids who know the plays to run a productive scrimmage.

I have a lot of basketball tapes and DVDs; yours are the best produced and explained of any I have ever seen, regardless of the content.

Coach Arne Eriksson
Head Varsity Boys Coach
Hoonah, Alaska



Why Didn’t Any of Us Think of this Ourselves

First off, let me say, “Thank you very much” for your Read and React offensive system. I purchased the DVD set and have been “blown away” by how simple and obvious these “correct basketball principles” are explained. It’s so obvious, in fact, that we (the coaching staff) were left scratching our heads thinking, “Why didn’t any of us think of this ourselves???”

Truth be told, we were already implementing a few of the principles as strict “rules” (e.g. fill opposite corner on baseline drives and players must cut/fill on passes into post). We were implementing these because we knew them to be “correct basketball principles”; however, we certainly came nowhere near to designing a system as comprehensive or as seamlessly integrated as you have managed to achieve.

My apologies for the “gushing”, we are just so excited about the system. We have been dissatisfied with our “set plays” where 1 player missing his assignment / getting confused will mess up the whole set up. We’ve also been dissatisfied with our motion offense which takes so long for players to master (and some never do!). Your system is the answer to all these! We have of course begun implementing it.

Coach Khor Loke Yew
Head Boys Varsity Coach
Universiti Malaya, Malaysia



The Kids Love It And Are Really Having Fun

We started teaching our boys the Read & React Offense this year. I just wanted you to know that we feel this is the perfect system for our boys. We have implemented the first 6 or 7 layers with excellent results. We played in our first tournament this past weekend, went 4-0, finished first and averaged almost 20 points a game more than last year. The kids found that with a little patience, we got a lay-up very frequently.

Best of all, the kids LOVE IT, and are really having fun. One of my parents said to me “What did you do to these kids? I’ve never seen them play this way before.” Thank you, and we’ll keep reading and reacting.

Jon Williamson
Coach 7th Grade Boys
Sparta, WI



One Layer Was Enough to Raise Offensive Performance

I just have to tell you, I love the system. One layer was enough to raise the offensive performance of my 7th graders to a new level. Immediately, more kids are scoring, getting the ball into easy places to score, and are seemingly indefensible. I had one opposing coach say, “Gee, we usually stay within 8-10 points of your team, but we lost by 31 today, what was going on?” I gave him the web site. All this was after literally two practices.

Here is why the system is so important in today’s world; kids (at least in the suburbs) don’t play pick-up to any degree like we did (remember spending literally 6-8 hours in a gym playing endless games of 11, winners stay on the floor?). And, when the committed kids play, it is done in organized settings all the time, like AAU. So two things are (or aren’t) happening. One, they do not learn to read defenses and their teammates’ movements, an ability that becomes subconscious when you play the game (unstructured) for long hours, and two, the pure fun is gone, because you play only under the watchful and all too often critical eye of a coach, who is constantly barking out what to do from the sidelines, as if the players are puppets on a string.

Read and React restores the pure joy of the game because it is fun, it gets everybody moving, plays aren’t called out, and players get the ball in better positions to score than ever before.

And, it takes the guess work out of moving without the ball and reading the defense, by simplifying those and setting down a couple of simple rules.

I assume once the players get used to it, they will rapidly learn the instincts that come with those hours of play on the playground.

I also love the instructional tapes. I played in High School and College, and thought I knew a lot, but I had never seen the game broken down before so completely and so simply.

Thank you,
Christopher S. Ciaccio



What’s New

Since the release of the original Read & React DVDs almost 3 years ago, we’ve traveled across the US and Canada putting on clinics, written hundreds of articles, answered a bunch of questions, and spoken with coaches like you. We’ve been able to experiment with teams and examine game footage. Because of that, we’ve become better teachers of the Read & React.

So, we had no choice but to remake the DVDs with an entirely new script and a new teaching methodology: we’ve added 3 new layers and countless details to make it easier for you to implement the Read & React with your own team. The result is a DVD package unlike any we’ve released before – elegant, precise, practical. If we were Michelangelo, this would be our Sistine Chapel.


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