Guard Play Tips © 2000 by Sidney Goldstein
1. While dribbling
keep the head up, constantly looking for an opening.
2. Always look long first. Always look inside during half court
3. Never stop dribbling until you pass the ball.
4. Never dribble into a trap; when you recognize a trap pass,
do not dribble.
5. Never dribble in place, only dribble when you are going somewhere
6. Start the half court offense as soon as possible, even from
7. Without the ball point guards, in particular, must always
be in position to receive a pass.
8. Without the ball points guards, in particular, must always
be back, or make sure another player is back to defend against
the fast break.
9. Don't be caught in never-never land: on the shot either go
towards the basket for the rebound (if another player is back)
or move towards the other basket as a defense against the fast
10. You beat the defense with looking, passing, and communication
1. Standing around
dribbling the ball in a half court situation is cool; the pros
do it. Standing around gives the defense a chance to rest, and
takes away the offensive advantage, thus destroying the offense.
I find it unbelievable that so many pro and college teams are
in this situation so often.
2. Half court offenses should start when all players are down
court. Hardly. Half court offense, if there is such a thing as
half court offense, starts immediately when your team gets the
ball. You do not have time to scratch yourself, to waste steps,
or to check your shoelaces.
3. You beat the other team by running previously rehearsed plays.
One great play could get the offense going. NO, NO, NO. I could
write a book on this one. In brief, the goal of the offense is
to take advantage of the defense (defensive weaknesses). Predetermined
plays cannot determine where the openings are. Only players can
do that by looking and moving sensibly. This is why coaches must
practice and teach the principles of offense, which include cutting,
faking, passing, looking, communication and so on, not offensive
Your comments are welcome.
Sidney Goldstein, author of
The Basketball Coach's Bible and The Basketball Player's Bible,
has successfully coached both men's and women's teams over a
period of 15 years.