Play 7

Part 1 of 5
By Pastor Dave

                When I coached basketball, I came to the conclusion there are two concepts in coaching. One is Play 7 and the other goes like this: open man, open spot, open shot. Play 7 is a diagramed play or an offense that has a repeating rotation.  Some coaches win or lose on this system and if the players change anything in the play, they will end up on the bench.  With Play 7, the coach does all the thinking and the player does very little.  I watched a coach use Play 7 again and again in a game.  After the second or third time the opposing team started stealing the ball.  They new exactly what would happen when Play 7 was called.  Woe unto those players if they did not execute Play 7, even though the other team kept taking the ball.  I could hardly watch.

            Play 7 provided the form or structure the players needed to get started, but it lacked substance.  It lacked the power of being effective in a game that constantly forces you to make decisions.  New players need the form of Play 7 or a system to get them started.  The coach can use set plays to get his team refocused and back on track.  A great coach must take it to another level and teach his players how to think for themselves.  In the game, circumstances are constantly changing and the coach cannot be on the court.  Instead of sticking to one set play, I tried to teach my ball players the concept of open man, open spot, open shot.

  1. Always pass to the open man.
  2. Always move to the open spot.
  3. Always take the open shot.

This taught our players to think on their own and make decisions based on the principles they are taught.  Players often resist this because it is easier to be spoon fed than to think.  Being spoon fed is safer but will not help you mature as a player.

To be continued ………………..

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