Get an Open Shot on Every Possession. Here’s How …

I received this great email the other day from Coach Mac – it doesn’t link to a post, so I’ll quote the whole email …

I always say there are two overlooked traits of great teammates…
  1. They set great screens for their teammates.
  2. They cut hard regardless of if they’ll receive the basketball or not.
Today we’re going to focus on the first trait… Setting good screens.
Lazy screens are one of the key things that kill an offense.
Coaches have to make setting strong screens a key point of emphasis throughout the entire season…
If we don’t, our players simply won’t try hard when setting screens. It’s not always that they don’t want to, it’s simply because they don’t understand how important they are.
We need to teach them how important they are.
Getting players open, more often than not, begins with setting good screens on offense.
Here are the 4 rules you must teach your players about screening an opponent…
1. Players must set the screen on the correct angle
How often do you see players set screens that the defender simply slips under and easily picks up their offensive player again?
I see it all the time in youth basketball.
This issue usually arises from the angle the screen is being set on.
Players think (and some are taught) that they should be setting the screen on the opponents shoulder… directly on their side.
The problem with this angle is that it allows the defender to easily slip under the screen when the dribbler attempts to use it.
What we need to do is teach players to set the screen on the backside of the hip the offensive player is driving towards.
This allows the dribbler to attack the ring while their defender is forced to fight over the screen and must defend from behind.
2. The screener must sprint to set the screen
The first time I really thought about the impact of this was when a coach talked about it at a camp I attended.
He explained to the group of players and coaches how a national team (I forget which one) had dominated them because the screener created space between themselves and their defender before they would set a screen.
They did this in a number of ways…
  1. Slightly pushing off on their opponent before sprinting to set the screen.
  2. Screen-the-screener actions.
  3. Faking with their body before exploding out to set the screen.
This meant that either there was no help on the screen or the second defender was late. This allowed the to attack at full speed or simply stop and shoot an open jump shot.
3. Make contact when setting a screen 
Another big problem with screening is not making contact when setting a screen.
I’m not talking about barreling the on-ball defender over… but making just enough contact that they have to fight around the screen.
If players set the screen too far away it becomes too easy for the defender to maneuver around.
This also solves another common problem that happens all too frequently in youth basketball…
Players setting a screen on a space and not a player
4. Hold the screen until the defender has fought around it
After the screen has been set, don’t bail the on-ball defender out of having to fight around the screen by ending the screen too early.
I remember reading an article a while back on the great Coach Rick Majerus. He always said that he wanted at least 1 illegal screen called against his team every game…
Sounds like an odd request from a coach, huh?
By getting called for at least one illegal screen a game he then knew that his team was setting and holding good, hard screens.
Wrapping up…
Everyone can set a good screen if they want to. It’s up to us to make players realize how important they are to a good offensive team.
Here’s what I want you to do…
Next practice, take the first 3-4 minutes to talk about the importance of setting good screens. Go over the points we talked about above.
If your players buy in, your team will immediately become much, much better.
Trust me.
Good luck!
– Coach Mac

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T-shirt and hoodie sale on TODAY so you can wear our club colours at the NBL tomorrow

Show your support for our club by buying on of our new club t-shirts or hoodies. And if you’re heading off to the NBL for our club day tomorrow, what better way to show off our club, with pride!

New hoodiesWe have tables at both Broadmeadows Leisure Centre and Stadium this morning, Sat 5 Dec, between 8:30 am and 1 pm.

$20 for t-shirts

$50 for hoodies

Bring correct change, if at all possible please 🙂

See you this morning – and you can wear our club colours with pride!


Reminder about our big day out

With less than a week to go for Greenvale Grizzlies’ big day out with the Melbourne United, the excitement is building.

Have you bought your tickets for Sunday 6 Dec yet?

We have a bay put aside especially for us and you get 20% off silver reserve and general admission if you use our special codes, but these seats won’t last for long!!

Silver reserve: and enter the promo code MUGV16.

General admission: and enter promo code CTIMU530.

From Wednesday this week, these seats will be released to the general public so please buy your tickets ASAP!

Everyone is welcome, you don’t just have to be one of our Grizzlies to join in the fun! Don’t miss out on this awesome initiative.

Greenvale Grizzlies – we’re going to the basketball (NBL, that is)!

Our Committee have been working hard to bring you a special deal … we have been invited to watch the Melbourne United game vs the Adelaide 36ers on Sunday 6 December at Hisense Arena (3pm tip off).

Not only are there special seating deals outlined below, but we will also receive:

  • Foam hands and clappers for our kids
  • Pre-game entertainment includes – jumping castle, outdoor hoops, shooting arcade games, face painting and more!

There are two seating options:

Option 1: We have been allocated silver reserved seating in bay 33, dedicated to members of our club only. By using the code promo code MUGV16 will give us 20% off silver reserved ticket prices and will allow us to buy our tickets individually but be automatically allocated into this active section, so we will all be seated together! Booking tickets is simple.

Simply click on the following link and enter the promo code MUGV16.

Option 2: There is a cheaper option to sit in general admission seats but you need to get to the game early to secure the best available seats, as the tickets are for un-numbered seats. Again booking is simple.

To book using the 20% discount off general admission tickets, enter promo code CTIMU530 when booking your tickets via

There are limited seats in our reserved section, so make sure you book fast to avoid missing out on this exciting opportunity!

Click on the image below for a print-friendly PDF.

Greenvale Melb United offer

Support your club today by joining or updating your membership with Rebel Sport

Did you know that you can support your club through your regular purchases at Rebel Sport?

By joining the Rebel Sport membership club card program, you can not only receive specials just for Rebel card members, invitations to members’ only events, but also support our club.

By joining or simply updating your membership details to support the Greenvale Basketball Club, Rebel will automatically give our club benefits to the value of 5% of all purchases registered on our cards, which in turn we can use to support our teams or if you remember at this year’s presentation day, there were a number or Rebel vouchers we handed out as prizes.

Make sure you either become a member, or update your membership details today!

Plus, there’s a handy little bonus if you join and use your card before 30 Nov …

$40 voucher

Our new mission statement

Our Club’s committee has been working on a number of things, including the introduction of our new mission statement reflecting the values we feel are important, as well as our code of conduct.

We strive for excellence in basketball and as a meaningful community organisation, improving the future for our local youth. We value our people and motivate them to have fun, develop and respect themselves and others.

Annual General Meeting and election of our new club committee

Two weeks ago on Monday 24 August 2015, we held our Annual General Meeting.

The President acknowledged the long and dedicated service to club from two outgoing committee members – Lance Corby and Robert Malcolm, both of whom have contributed to the club in varied ways over many many years – thanks guys!

Our new committee was elected, then we heard updates on:

  • the upcoming new court construction at the Greenvale Rec Centre,
  • a ‘pilot’ coaches development program being developed in-house, and
  • new club branded hoodies (grey are for the club officials so you can see us when you need us on game day – black are for club members and supporters), which you can purchase through your team manager.

Please read the minutes and attachments or contact any of the new committee members for further information.

New hoodies

7 steps to becoming a good team mate

Basketball is a team game.

Although everyone has their roles, there is one universal responsibility everyone has: be the best teammate you can be.

Being a good teammate is all about the little things, and there are always different aspects you can improve to become a great teammate.

Read more at the following blog post from AUSA Hoops …