Ball Screen Bombs: Actions and Concepts for Players and Coaches
The most dominant play in basketball is:
1) Isolation with your best player to go one on one
2) A Ball Screen
I want to share some things that I love and have found successful in teaching about ball screens.
I. THE MOST COMMON ANGLES OF A BALL SCREEN:
- Top/ Flat
- Step Up (Baseline)
- Mid Post
These angles will be the game spots your drills are derived from.
If you want further definitions – please visit our Curriculum
II. THE BALL HANDLER
The buildup can be one OR all of the following:
- The ball handler(BH) coming off a chair (as a screener)
- The Coach can set the screen
- The BH can come off a cone or pop up defender
- The BH can come off two sneakers
- The BH can come off and hit a bell on the ground
- The BH can come off ANY of the above as screens and NOW the Coach can give the BH reads. The Coach guards the screener. After you get the reps, make sure you give your players READS!
- The BH will have two shots. A floater, a pull up jumper, or a three point shot.
B) Passes side pick and roll example
- BH will have pocket pass to roller
- Late lob pass to poller
- Hook pass to corner lift
- Bounce pass to duck in spot
- Lob pass to dunk spot
- Air pass to opposite elbow
- Air pass to opposite slot
- Drive & kick pass to nail to opposite corner
These passes are similar for the other ball screen angles as well. See our Curriculum for more details.
III. THE SCREENER
- The Coach can be the BH and the Player can be the screener. After the ball screen the choices for the player (screener) are as follows:
- Hard roll to basket
- Short roll to basket
- Long roll (roll to under rim & to other side) maybe a reverse layup
- Roll, then reverse pivot for the corner to lift and you have a seal post up
- A flip or re-screen then roll
- A pop to corner
- A down screen on roll for shooter
- A wide screen in corner for shooter
- An early slip or ghost screen
- A late slip
IV: TEACHING POINTS
– Stay away from the sideline (if on a side, baseline, or corner P&R)
– Use misdirection dribbles and change speed
– Wait for screener to have two feet set
– Get your D even or below screen
– You want them to trail you
– Get your shoulders even or below your screener or their defender
– Feel your D, evaluate the screeners coverage, anticipate the help and rotations
– Take two dribbles removed from screen or two seconds before you make a choice.
– Don’t hesitate, always keep your head up
– you will have your floater, jumper, or a pass
– Engage your defender to dislodge them and create separation
– Use a misdirection or post up to distract
– SPRINT to set for your teammate
– Come out unattached from D
– Jump stop on screen or have two feet set
– Drop hips
– Make contact and get close to BH defender
– Set proper angle based on coaches philosophy
– Send your teammate up hill, down hill, screen back of defender (etc…)
– wait two seconds or one body removed from BH to make your move
– you either roll, pop, screen another, or re-screen BH again.
V: Defenses vs BALL SCREEN
A) Screeners Defender
– Hard show
– Soft show
– Separated Show
– ICE or Down
The solutions to these coverages are covered in our Curriculum.
B. Ball Handler Defender
– Lock trail on hip (over) or chase
– Go under
– Ice to trap
Solutions are in curriculum
C) Formula chemistry of screener and ball handler
– SIMPLE – Guard waits for screen. The big sprints to set screen low, wide, and aggressive. OFF SCREEN if guard goes low, big goes high. If guard is high, big is low. If defense goes under screen and guard don’t shoot. Under = Re screen. It can’t get any more simplistic than that!
I hope this blog got your passion firing. When kids turn 12 they are mature enough to start to work on ball Screens. Hopefully they have been playing for 4-5 years previously.
Next Blog will be PART 2: ICE READS AND SOLUTIONS
Here are two videos from my ONLINE CURRICULUM from the Intermediate & Pro section on ball screens.