PRINCIPLES of SPACING, SPOTS ON THE COURT and BASIC MOVEMENT
The most important aspect of the Sideline Triangle Continuity is floor spacing. The players must understand the essential nature of spacing, not only in this offense, but every offense. If the offense does NOT keep good spacing, the floor area becomes too crowded to make effective passes, the defense is more effective because often one defensive player can guard two offensive players and the offense will become chaotic.
Recommended Floor Spacings -
Under 12's - 12' - 15' (4 meters)
Under 14's - 15' (5 meters)
Under 16's+ - 15 '- 18' (6 meters)
SPACING (Cont.) -
It is also important to use both sides of the floor. The Sideline Triangle Continuity forms triangles on either side of the floor. Note that the floor is overloaded on one side once the Sideline Triangle is formed and there are, in effect, three offensive players on one side and two on the other.
The side with three offensive players is called the STRONG side. The side with two offensive players is called the WEAK side.
PRIMARY SPOTS ON THE FLOOR
It is very important that every player is involved in the continuity of the offense. Each player must know exactly what the options are with respect to DEFENSIVE positioning for every sport on the floor.... in other words, the players must be taught to READ the defense. The offense is keyed around three things:
1) Where the ball is on the floor,
2) What the defense is doing,
3) What is the next BEST pass to be made that will lead to a score.
The primary spots we use for POSITIONING * are named as follows (see diagram):
#1 - Corner Spot #2 - Mid Post
#3 - Wing #4 - Point
#5 - Weak Wing #6 - Pinch Post
Note that the spots are named with respect to which side the Mid Post is on. This will also be the STRONG SIDE. The spots (and their names) will be a mirror-image of themselves if the post is on the other side.
* Note: these spots are not necessarily the same as the spots where most of the shots come from.
SIDELINE CONTINUITY - BASIC MOVEMENT - 1st Pass
There are many ways to enter the Sideline Triangle. We favour the Two Guard Front for the initial position.
1 = Strong Side Guard (with ball)
2 = Weak Side Guard
3 = Wing (Strong Side)
4 = Weak Wing
5 = Mid Post
Note the wings start HIGH & WIDE above the intersection of the 3-point line and foul-line-extended.
Once it is determined which side the post has set-up on, the weak-side wing drops to the Weak Wing Spot. 1 passes to 3 and cuts to fill the Corner Spot.
The triangle is formed down the sideline (... hence the name) with the Corner - Mid Post - Wing. 2 relocates to the point area.
See "1st Pass- Filling the triangle" for other options.
SIDELINE CONTINUITY - BASIC MOVEMENT - 2nd Pass
3 passes to 1 and screens away for 2.
See also "2nd Pass Options".
SIDELINE CONTINUITY - BASIC MOVEMENT - 3rd Pass
1 passes to 2.
3 balances out to the Point Spot.
See also "3rd Pass Options.
SIDELINE CONTINUITY - BASIC MOVEMENT - 4th Pass
2 passes to 3 and screens away for 1.
See "4th Pass Options".
SIDELINE CONTINUITY - BASIC MOVEMENT - 5th Pass *
3 passes to 4 at the Pinch Post.
3 cuts over the pinch post for a handoff.
See also "5th Pass Options".
* Note: The 5th Pass is the start of a two-man game on the weak side.
SIDELINE CONTINUITY - BASIC MOVEMENT - 6th Pass
3 back dribbles out to the Wing Spot and makes a fast decision as to which is the next BEST past that will lead to a score:
a) pass to 2 coming off 5's screen,
b) pass to 1 coming off 4's screen, or
c) pass to 5 rolling into the middle after the screen.
If none of the above passes are on, 2 continues to the Corner Spot, 5 posts-up, 1balances to the Point Spot and 4 drops down to the Weak Wing Spot.
See also "6th Pass Options".
SIDELINE CONTINUITY - BASIC MOVEMENT - Weak Side Entry (a)
Since this is a Continuity Offense, it doesn't matter where the ball is entered. The players should be able to recognize the position and continue the offense. We use two methods when the ball comes down the weak side....see (a) and (b) below.
a) Start from the 5th Pass of the Basic Movement *.
2 has dribbled down the ball on the weak side.
4, noting the Mid Post is staying on the other side, back cuts to the basket, then cuts hard to the Pinch Post Spot.
The play continues as from the 5th Pass of the Basic Movement.
b) Move the Mid Post to the side the ball is on thereby making it the strong side.
* Note: The 5th Pass is the start the two-man game. See "5th Pass Options".
SIDELINE CONTINUITY - BASIC MOVEMENT - Weak Side Entry (b)
With the entry pass going from 2 to 4, the Mid Post, 5, simply cuts across the lane to become the Mid Post on the other side.
3 drops down to become the Weak Wing.
1 relocates to the Point Spot.
2 passes to 4 and cuts to fill the corner.
Play continues as from the 1st Pass of the Basic Movement.
Submitted by: Curtis Perry
Category: Offense triangle