Layer 1: Pass & Cut Excerpt
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
Disc 2 – Layers: The Read & React
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
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.
I Wish I Had This System Back in My Playing Days
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
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
The Kids Love It And Are Really Having Fun
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.
One Layer Was Enough to Raise Offensive Performance
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.
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.