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					     The Official Coaches Newsletter of Basketball New South Wales
                        AUGUST 2007 EDITION

                     In this Edition –
       -   Defending screens – Daniel Beltramo
       -   Working the back cut – observations from
           the William Jones Cup
       -   Variations on the “Horns” set – from
           Daniel Beltramo
       -   Opportunities for NSW Coaches
       -   NSW Coach earns prestigious scholarship
                              From the Editor
Welcome to the August edition of That’s a Foul and apologies for our one-month
                                   hiatus in July.
    Included in this edition are some terrific concepts and drills gleaned from
respected Argentinean coach Daniel Beltramo, who visited NSW last month as
           part of the Basketball Australia International Coach program.
  Coach Beltramo showed himself to be a terrific teacher of our game and left us
    with plenty to think about as we strive to become the best coaches we can.
 Best of luck to those coaches heading into State Championships and the finals of
the various senior leagues in NSW and thanks once again for the time and energy
            you invest in the development our sport and young players.
    Congratulations must go to Michael Turton, who has been awarded the
       prestigious Basketball Australia Dr Adrian Hurley Coaching
                          Scholarship – well done Turts!
                  Basketball Australia International Coaches Clinic
                    Coach Daniel Beltramo – Defending Screens
                     The King’s School, Sydney, July 25, 2007
Introduction –
       Important to teach defensive technique and link that technique with the defensive
       philosophy
       Defence is more than just “attitude”, technique is essential in building successful
       individual and team defence
       Too often coaches explain and show how to defend screening situations, but we
       do not drill this area enough
       Every team uses screens in offence, yet teaching and drilling how to defend
       screens is not an area we as coaches spend a lot of time on
Defending screens –
      The most important part of defending screens is to avoid contact with the screen
      Defender guarding the screener should create “defensive spacing” to avoid
      setting “double screens”
      The concept of “defensive space” is important when defending screens – there
      must be space for the player defending the cutter to move through
Drill One –




                                2 v 2 defend the down screen

   -   2 v 2 defending screens
   -   Coach is at wing, offensive player at guard spot and low post area
   -   The guard down screens for the low player
   -   Defender guarding the screener jumps of towards the ball to allow space for the
       defender cutting to go through
   -   Continue until a pass is made by the coach, play live
   -   Add an extra coach, on the pass from coach to coach, shot and box out

Drill Two –
   -   2 v 2 defend screens – guard to guard
   -   Coach is positioned with the ball on the wing
   -   Same principles of defender guarding screener creating space for defence on
       cutter to go through
                2 v 2 defend the guard screen            2 v 2 down screen on post

Drill Three –
   -   2 v 2 defending screens – forward to post (down screen)
   -   Same concepts apply, with the screener getting off to create space for the
       defence on the cutter to get through
   -   Post is denied
Drill Four –
   -   2 v 2 defending the cross screen
   -   Defender guarding the cutter push underneath the screen
   -   Defender guarding the screener provide space for the defence on the cutter to
       get through quickly
   -   Defence on cutter must move quickly and beat cutter to spot
Drill Five –
   -   4 v 4 down screens continuous
   -   Players situated in two guard positions and in the low post
   -   On the lateral pass from guard to guard, down screen, with defence adopting
       principles of creating space to defend the screen
   -   Players must jump to the ball on movement of the basketball




                                4 v 4 Continuous defend the down screen
Drill Six –
    - 4 v 4 combination defending screens
    - Drill now incorporates all the screens that have been drilled in the 2 v 2 setting
    - Offensive players execute screens, depending on the position of the ball
    - The coach is the fifth, unguarded player in the drill and can be used as a feeder




                               4 v 4 continuous defending screens

Drill Seven –




                     4 v 4 defend the screen, box out and convert (fast break)

   -   4 v 4 defend the screen, box out and convert (fast break)
   -   Defensive team defends screens continuous until coach shoots the ball
   -   On the shot, defence boxes out and converts to other end on the fast break
   -   Good drill to reward defensive technique
  Basketball New South Wales would like to acknowledge the following organizations for
their support of this clinic –
    - Basketball Australia
    -   The Australian Sports Commission
    -   The King’s School
    -   The Newcastle and Hunter Youth Development Trust
                              Working the Back Cut
                   Observations from the 2007 William Jones Cup

  The 29th William Jones Cup was conducted in Chinese Taipei recently, with the
Australian “defencejobs” Opals competing against teams from Taipei, New Zealand, the
United States, Korea and Japan.
  The tournament provided the Australians with important match practice against a wide
variety of playing styles and played a key part as the Opals commence their
preparations for the 2008 Olympics.
  One of the trends from the tournament was the use of back cuts and sets that
incorporate the back cut. With the Asian style of defence of denying one pass away and
playing “tight” off the ball, the back cut was a valuable weapon for all teams.
  All teams used the back cut to good effect, with many teams using set plays to create
an opportunity off the back door, while others, such as the Opals, relied on the ability of
the players to “read and react” to the defence.
  These are some of the sets and concepts adopted by teams from the William Jones
Cup to exploit the back cut option –
New Zealand Tall Ferns –
“Push” -




                                          “Push”

   -   An oldie, but a goodie – this set has been used extensively by NSW coaches
       over the years
   -   The set starts with a swing player sprinting hard through on the base-line cut,
       looking to work off a stack screen by the two “bigs”
   -   The guard dribbles towards the action, attacking the ball-side elbow to create the
       angle and commit defence
   -   The handler then executes a reverse pivot and hits 2, who has set up the back
       cut by working their man up the floor and then cutting hard back door

“UCLA” – Side out of bounds –
   - Used to good effect when teams are denying the primary handler the ball in the
     side out of bounds setting
   - 4 takes it out of bounds, 5 screens to bring 3 to the ball
   - 1 up screens for 2, who cuts through to the ball-side corner to create the post
     triangle
   - After the screen, 1 goes to cut to perimeter, showing a catch fake to commit the
     defender, then cuts hard back door to the vacant area
                              “UCLA” – Side out of bounds

United States “Athletes in Action” -




   -   Start in a “box” formation
   -   5 step out to set the on-ball for 1 as 2 cuts hard off 4’s screen
   -   4 now goes to set the up-screen for 3, who fakes to use the screen and cuts hard
       back to the ball
   -   4 “slips” the screen and receives the lob pass in the vacant area




                          Chinese Taipei back cut play
Chinese Taipei –
   - Constant cutting was a highlight of the Taipei offence
   - Players were able to read and react and cut accordingly
   - This set provided a back cut or isolation opportunity for a big guard or swing
   - The 2 runs a “slant cut” across the foul-line
   - On the pass to 2, 1 flares away, 3 steps out to receive pass, 5 steps to the short
      corner
   - 3 dribbles towards the foul-line to commit defence, 2 sets up back cut and cuts
      into vacant area for pass and lay-up
   - If back cut not available, 2 receives pass with the whole side of the floor to
      operate in


        EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – 2008 NEW SOUTH WALES JUNIOR
                    REPRESENTATIVE STATE TEAMS

 Basketball New South Wales is calling for expressions of interest from interested
coaches and managers for the 2008 NSW Junior Representative Under 16 & 18 State
Team Program.
 The official “Expression of Interest” form is available on the Basketball New South
Wales web-site – www.nswbasketball.net.au – and interested coaches are asked to
complete and return the form by Friday, August 24, 2007.
 For more information or inquiries, contact Bob Sim at Basketball New South Wales.
http://www.nswbasketball.net.au/coaching/State%20Teams/2008/documents/2008
                         U16U18EOICoachForm..pdf


     2007/2008 New South Wales National Intensive Training Centre Program
                         Network Coach Applications

 The New South Wales National Intensive Training Centre Program is calling for
applications from interested coaches to apply for a position as Network Coach for the
2007/2008 program year.
 The NITCP is a Basketball Australia program designed to identify and develop elite
young players, aged 14 – 17 years and involves four live-in camps and weekly small
group sessions.
 For more information and the application form, visit www.nswbasketball.net.au

            http://www.nswbasketball.net.au/coaching/ITCP/2007/2007-
                      2008NITCPCoachApplicationForm.pdf
             NSW Coach Honoured with Dr Adrian Hurley Scholarship

 New South Wales coach Michael              management, nutrition and coaching
Turton has been awarded the                 methodology.
prestigious Basketball Australia Dr           Originally from the Sutherland
Adrian Hurley Coaching Scholarship          Basketball Association in Sydney,
in recognition of his contribution to       Turton has been a NITCP network
development in the state.                   coach for eight years and was the head
  The Dr Adrian Hurley Coaching             coach of the NSW Metropolitan Under
Scholarship is rewarded to a network        18 girls team the last two years.
coach from the National Intensive             He has also worked extensively in the
Training Centre Program each year,          Basketball NSW development programs
with the nine state-based NITC              and is currently head coach of the St
programs nominating a coach to be           Aloysius’ College boys’ team in the
considered.                                 private school competition.
  The scholarship is named in honour of       NSW NITCP Head Coach Peter
current Basketball New South Wales          Lonergan said the scholarship was
president Adrian Hurley, who was the        reward for Turton’s ongoing commitment
first ever head coach of the Australian     to development in the State.
Institute of Sport basketball program         “In our sport, the name Adrian Hurley
and was head coach of the Australian        is synonymous with coaching excellence
Boomers for many years.                     and we are pleased to have the 2007
  Considered one of the doyens of           scholarship winner come from NSW,” he
Australian coaching, Dr Hurley also         said.
coached in the National Basketball            “Michael has shown a high level of
League and was instrumental in the          commitment to his coaching and this will
development and implementation of the       provide him with the opportunity to learn
National Intensive Training Centre          from experienced coaches and get
Program.                                    access to the latest information in
  Michael Turton is the first New South     coaching methodology.
Wales coach to receive the prestigious        “No doubt Michael will benefit
scholarship since its inception in 2001     tremendously from this scholarship and
and was officially announced the            pass on the knowledge he gains to both
scholarship recipient at the Australian     coaches and athletes in our programs,”
Under 18 Championships in Launceston        he added.
last month.                                   On return from his visit to the
  As part of the scholarship, Turton will   Australian Institute of Sport, Turton will
spend a week at the Australian Institute    produce a report for distribution to
of Sport, observing sessions with the       NITCP network coaches, as well as
men’s and women’s team, as well as          prepare an article for production in
meeting with coaches and visiting the       “That’s a Foul”.
strength and conditioning staff.              Basketball New South Wales would
  The scholarship provides Turton with      like to congratulate Michael on being
the opportunity to work with and learn      awarded this scholarship.
from the AIS coaches, as well as access
the latest information in the areas of
strength and conditioning, athlete
                  Variations from the Double High On-Ball Screen
            Concepts from Basketball Australia International Guest Coach
                               Coach Daniel Beltramo

  The double high ball screen entry (or        provides plenty of options for both
“Horns” as it is commonly known”) is           perimeter players and inside targets and
becoming more prevalent on the                 can create problems for the defence.
international stage, with many                  Coach Daniel Beltramo recently visited
professional and national teams                Australia as part of the BA International
adopting it as a primary part of the           Guest Coach Program and shared some
offence.                                       of his vast knowledge on both the on-
  With the ball-handling and playmaking        ball screen and incorporating it into the
skills of guards and perimeter players         offence.
improving all the time, the “Horns” action




   -   This would be an example of offensive movement out of the two on-ball screen
       setting, with the guard working off one screen
   -   The player who screens would dive to the basket for the feed either from the
       handler, or the player in the corner who has created the post triangle
   -   The pass can also be made from the top in the high to low setting
   -   Once the handler has picked a side, the other post can down screen to lift the
       shooter out of the corner




                Screen the picker                         “Fox” set


Basketball NSW acknowledges the support of the Newcastle and Hunter Youth Development
      Trust in hosting the Daniel Beltramo Coaches Clinic in Maitland, Thursday July 26
Screen the picker –
   - Coach Beltramo spoke about ways to move the screener before the pick on the
      ball
   - This variation has the 4 screening for the 5 prior to the two post players come up
      ball screens
   - While a simple variation, it does provide a different “look” and makes the defence
      guard action before the action
“Fox” –
   - This is a commonly used screen for the screener set out of the two high on-ball
      setting, having been used to great effect by many Australian teams
   - The handler works off one of the screens and the screener then flares off the
      screen by the other high post for skip and 3 point shot
   - The 2nd screener dives to create a high to low opportunity




                                 Invert to re-screen action

Invert to re-screen –
   - Usually the player setting the screen dives to the basket, but in this case, the
        other high post dives and the screener pops
   - Once the handler has gone off the screen, there is a 2nd screen on the ball, with
        the screener diving and the handler looking to turn the corner
   - The ball-side corner lifts looking for shot or defensive balance
   - Out of the invert setting, the screener can pop, the ball is then reversed for a
        screen on the 2nd side of the floor
   - This isolates the 5 man in the lane and spreads the floor for shooters (diagrams
        below)




Basketball NSW acknowledges the support of the Newcastle and Hunter Youth Development
      Trust in hosting the Daniel Beltramo Coaches Clinic in Maitland, Thursday July 26

				
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