Implementing a Conceptual Offense with Restricted Observe Time

Coach Niels Vandeput is the Head Coach of BC Grimbergen U18 in Belgium in addition to a Basketball Immersion member for a few years. Niels has two practices every week together with his group, with every follow being 1.5 hours.  As one of many first coaches to hitch the BDT Offense neighborhood, we needed to highlight the nice work Niels is doing in addition to firmly disproving the parable that utilizing the CLA successfully and adopting a conceptual offense can’t be completed with restricted follow time. Niels and the Grimbergen group are proof that not solely can it’s completed successfully, however that it additionally results in nice outcomes!

Basketball Immersion – What do you want probably the most about conceptual offense?

Niels Vandeput – It’s a simple adaptable offensive construction, with out utilizing predetermined patterns so gamers subsequently be taught to learn and execute based mostly on what is going on within the sport. Also provided that it’s positionless basketball, it’s best for youth improvement. Gamers be taught to play in each place and might develop the abilities wanted for these roles.

The very best instance I may give for why this issues in youth improvement is with the instance of certainly one of my very own gamers. He was 20cm larger than all his teammates when he was U12 and U14, however now on the U18 degree he’s certainly one of my smallest gamers. He used to play within the submit however now he has developed numerous options dribbling, driving and ending, taking pictures threes and so on from being immersed within the conceptual offense.

The place did you begin to implement the offense? What did you do within the first few practices of the season?

I got here into contact with Alex Sarama and adopted a few of his clinics, then turning into a member of Basketball Immersion. I began implementing ideas from the BDT offense within the 2020-2021 season with my U16 group. I began by implementing the bottom spacings and the dominoes ideas which acted as our first ideas of play.

To start with we used blast cuts as our first set off to play dynamic 1-on-1, with an emphasis positioned on the 0 seconds idea (shoot, drive or move in zero seconds). We applied the ideas of the two-sided fastbreak inside our transition offense. When gamers had been accustomed to these ideas we began creating our first two participant set off with the “Get”. I used the BDT Offense to construct all the things with my group, with all our follow actions coming instantly from totally different components of the BDT Offense programs.

What SSGs do you employ probably the most at follow?

To start with we did plenty of 2-on-1 and 3-on-2 taking pictures to develop gamers’ skills gamers to search out and take ROB photographs. They actually struggled to start with discovering and taking open photographs early within the offense, and had been hesitant when the chance offered itself. We subsequently used constraints to work on this, till gamers grew to become snug looking for out these excessive worth photographs.. 

To develop options out of triggers we use plenty of 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 with totally different spacings and in numerous places on the ground (repetition with out repetition). Right here we additionally used constraints for the protection to form particular protection options for the offense. 

When gamers had a primary understanding of the totally different protection options accessible to them, we began utilizing Battleships to additional incorporate using the triggers in our offense in a 4-on-4 or 5-on-5 state of affairs. Just lately I began utilizing a brand new model of Battleship by which one group provides the opponent ships that they need to attempt to sink. I observed that on this format of battleships the protection is rather more intense making an attempt to stop the offense from finishing the aims. It creates a extremely aggressive atmosphere in coaching which advantages us for prime strain video games. 

If one other membership from Belgium watched your follow, what do you suppose they’d discover most fascinating?

The absence of drills or something on-air to coach methods and expertise. Virtually all the things we do is with a defender (s) of some kind.

They’d additionally observe optimistic interactions between the coaches and the gamers. It isn’t my coaching session however theirs. I strive to not be a dictator, and keep away from placing myself because the coach above the gamers. Coaching is a protected place had been we are able to speak and focus on all the things and take a look at new issues in game-like conditions. I contain my gamers within the course of and anticipate an enter out of them too. I attempt to make them suppose and give you new options themselves as an alternative of spoon-feeding them with all of the solutions!


Niels is doing wonderful work together with his group, and it’s tales like this that make us proud at Basketball Immersion! Watch Niels’ group in motion within the YouTube video beneath.

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