Coach's Clipboard Newsletter #119
October 1, 2017
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Dear Coaches, Players, Friends,

Today's Quotes:

"If you surround yourself with clowns, don't be surprised if your life becomes a circus."

"Don't tell other people about your problems. 90% won't care and the other 10% are glad you've got 'em. " - Lou Holtz

Today's Theme - The 1-4 Stack Offense

The 1-4 offense tends to "flatten" the defense, and with the empty space under the basket, is ideal for back-cuts to the hoop, especially from the wing.

1-4 Set

Advantages and requirements of the 1-4 high offense

(1) Versatility.  With this offense, you can get back-door plays, face-ups, rip-throughs, ball-screens, back-screens, cross-screens, diagonal screens, inside shots, outside shots, etc.

(2) Multiple Entries into the offense.  There are three basic types of entries, (1) wing entry, (2) dribble entry, and (3) post entry. Each type has multiple play options.

(3) Play to your strengths.  If you have a great point guard, use the dribble entry more.  If you have good post players who can face the basket and pass well, use the post entry more.  Or with a great wing player and scorer, use the wing entry.  If you have a well-balanced team, mix them up and use them all.

(4) You can drag the opponent's bigs away from the basket.  By moving our post players up to the elbow, the opponent's big post defenders will have to move away from the basket, which not only may be uncomfortable to a big man, but also allows our post players to use their quickness (instead of size) to beat them.

(5) Allows you to be creative.  The 1-4 high offense allows for many, many options, possibilities and plays.

Requirements for 1-4 offense.  You must have a solid point guard who can handle ball pressure. You also need post players who can move away from and face the basket, and can pass well.

West Coast 1-4 High Stack Offense

1-4 High Stack Offense and Plays

1-4 Low Stack Plays

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