Shot Clock: 0-60 Points ASAP


NYC HS Basketball has a shot clock but it’s rare you get a shot clock violation during a game. Most teams don’t get 10 second violations either. Teams pressed in the back court often have the ball stolen long before the count gets to 10. On offense, players chuck the ball up as soon as they can. So why use a shot clock? It doesn’t speed up the game. The shot clock is their friend. They just don’t know it.

There has been an erosion of post play and an explosion of guard and 2 play with little or no direction. Plays are often “get it to the post” or “motion”.  What are your plays? Do you have more than one? You really should. How long does it take you  to run your A play? Is it a consisent scorer? That’s where the shot clock can be your friend. Running offense practice, with a shot clock, will give you a better idea of what will work in critical game situations and how long it will take.

Basketball, especially on the HS level, should be a true team experience where everyone has the opportunity to score, Your offense should reflect that. Plays shoud be designed so that options change often and every player has the opportunity to do their thing within the offensive framework.

Pro basketball teams look at the shot clock differently. They design plays so that the ball is in the hands of their primary option (star, big contract, best player) in the front court with 16 seconds on the clock. That gives big money 8 seconds to perform their magic. 8 seconds to do that thing they do that brings fans to the arena. 8 seconds to make that incredible move and sparking shot or drop a dime to the second option with 8 seconds left because at the end of 24 seconds someone should have taken and scored on a high percentage opportunity.

I am not a fan of coaches that run the same play all game, yell out the play when the PG gets to half court or PGs that only pass when they don’t have a shot opportunity. HS ballers should be running plays that will become the foundations of their college careers. Careers played against tough defenders that will not allow quick or easy shot opportunities. Defenders that are tenacous. Practice against the shot clock teaches purpose. It helps teach players that every posession is valuable, some are critical, and all of them must be used efficiently. Teach your team  in practice, using the shot clock, to get 60 points as quickly as possible. Your team will run your half court offense faster and improve game tempo but don’t turn everything into a fast break. True fast breaks are open basket or against an overmatched defender. Anything else should trigger half cout offense.

You may be surprised at how long it takes to run your favorite play. You may discover that your offense takes too long to get you back in the game even if the defense picks up. You may discover there is a better way to play basketball.

Good Luck. Change the Game!


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One response to “Shot Clock: 0-60 Points ASAP

  1. Just came across a fantastic article by Ricky Hampton Sr. on his blog The African-American Athlete about the late Coach John McLendon, a 2016 inductee to the Basketball of Fame. Doc was one of the folks responsible for creating fast break basketball as we know it and his team beat Duke when they shouldn’t even have played each other much like UCLA vs, Alabama. But don’t let me spoil the article. Read it here:–the-man-who-gave-us-fastbreak-basketball.html

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