• BJ Mumford, B.S.S

Can your player score in all of these situations?

Updated: Feb 13

Your player shows up to tryouts for their freshman year, and the coach picks them out to demonstrate how to score in a closeout situation. They try and fail while their peers snicker at them. Their confidence takes a hit, and they can’t perform even the skills they know well for the rest of tryouts. They get cut from the team, and decide to quit playing basketball the next year rather than risk further embarrassment.


3 years from now your player will be attending tryouts for their high school freshman team, and will be expected to know how to not only handle these 15 situations, but to score effectively in each of them:

  1. Scoring on a fastbreak - with the ball in their hands

  2. Scoring on a fastbreak - running ahead of the ball

  3. Scoring on a fastbreak - trailing behind the ball

  4. Scoring after catching a pass vs a closeout defender

  5. Scoring on a cut to the basket

  6. Scoring off the dribble

  7. Scoring at the rim from 5 angles of attack

  8. Scoring after filling space on the perimeter

  9. Creating space to score by moving off the ball during a teammate’s drive

  10. Scoring after giving or receiving a dribble hand-off

  11. Scoring after setting or using a screen away from the ball

  12. Scoring after setting or using a ball screen

  13. Scoring out of the post

  14. Scoring vs Zone defense

  15. Scoring vs a full court press

Currently at age 10-13, it is likely that they know how to do only a handful of these effectively, and even more likely that they have never had anyone methodically teach the theory, principles, and skills they need to succeed in even one of these situations.


They may have picked up bits and pieces along the way….


But learning through trial and error in games is a coin toss - some players gather enough experience and are lucky enough to have great team coaches to help them succeed - and some don’t.


Time is ticking, and if your player has any aspirations to play high school basketball or higher, they need to learn how to operate in each of these situations as soon as possible.

Playing more games won’t help them unless every repetition in every game between now and the day of tryouts is made useful to them. That way they won’t be just playing games to play, but playing with the knowledge, context, and framework for understanding and improving their skill and decision-making that can compound their growth as a player over the next 12-48 months.


That is what we do with the Play Practice Formula program


Book a free consultation call to find out if your player is a good fit for the program, and start intentionally building toward their high school career right now!


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