Using the Angle Stagger play as an example, this course will demonstrate how a play can be used in sequence with counters to create many scoring opportunities. Even if you never run these plays, this course will give you an appreciation of sequencing and counters within the plays you use.
These plays can be considered stand-alone plays. The goal is to get a quality shot directly out of the plays. They can also be considered as entries into your offense. So if a player doesn’t produce the desired result, then they flow into your concepts or offense. For example, each of these plays could flow into the flex offense.
Reaction systems should also be considered. What happens when the ball is driven. How are teammates supposed to react? What happens when the ball passes into the post, the ball is dead or a shot is missed and your team secures an offensive rebound? All of these reaction systems should be a part of your offensive teaching.
Keep in mind that if a play is working there is no need to sequence or apply counters. One of the hardest things to do as a coach is to continue to run the same thing over and over again if it is working. Sequencing and counters are used when the initial play is starting to get disrupted by the defensive coverages, or if the desired results defined by success scoring, or shot quality, are not achieved.
- A sequence of basketball plays means that the plays are all run from the same alignment and complement each other.
- A counter is a secondary action that resembles the original action but is different from the original.
To start with understanding sequencing and counters here is an example within a sideline inbound play.
Basketball Sideline Inbound Play Sequencing