Bang For The Buck
Concepts that cost us little but deliver a lot
Before the implementation of an idea, strategy or tactic, coaches must (but often do not) consider the drag that comes with that idea, strategy or tactic.
What do I mean by drag? The resistance in the form of difficulty to teach, practice time it required, difficulty of learning and the timeline of implementation. In short, drag is what using the idea will cost you.
Further, we must weigh the drag versus the return. I am willing to embark upon a high drag endeavor if the returns outweigh the drag. Likewise, I want to avoid the implementations of high drag ideas that yield moderate to low returns.
With this in mind, I posed this Twitter question:
The question is in search of low drag ideas they yield outsized returns relative to their drag. These concepts give you bang for the buck. The idea, strategy or tactic is easy to teach, takes little time, players grasp it right away and it gives us valuable return.
The Twitter coaching community delivered with lots of responses! There were some repeat answers with common themes like these pertaining to footwork.
Another popular answer was “dive cutting” the player on the 45º on a baseline drive. Coaches felt this automatic was easy to implement and led to great shots. Here’s a diagram of one possible example - rejecting the wing ball screen.
Lots of coaches replied with a variation of this idea.
The “extra pass” in all its various names was a bit hit with coaches who responded.
An automatic back cut on the dribble-at was a popular response as well.
Here’s a reply with an idea for getting offensive rebounds when your team is at the free throw line.
Coach Baker even offered a video of his team sealing a victory using this tactic.
Coaches shared many more replies which they felt met the low drag/high return threshold. Easy to implement ideas that deliver bang for buck! Let’s hear yours in the comments below!
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