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The Read and React Offense
by Rick Torbett, Lead Instructor, BetterBasketball
The following is an excerpt from an article Coach Rick Torbett wrote on the Read and React Offense, a system 2008 NCAA Champion Coach Bill Self calls "the future of developmental basketball."
Most Plays don't work anyway (or How I reached my turning point):
By the mid-to-late-90’s, I had been coaching for nearly 20 years, and three incidents came together to create a turning point in my thinking.
Why don't these players know more when they get to my level?
Why do the players entering my program have such an incomplete set of skills? Why don’t they know more? Why do I have to start all over with every new player?
Let’s step back and take a look at the big picture: In the USA, there is no unifying system of teaching the game of basketball to players from the youth up. And because of that, a 10-year-old might have 10 or more different coaches by the time he or she is 18. This can create at least four problems. And I can speak confidently about these problems because I’ve done each one at some point in my career. Here they are:
So, instead of each coach at each level starting over and teaching the game from the ground up, I have a VISION of coaches, at each level, standing on the shoulders of those before them, using the Read and React System.
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