The Artwork of the Rescreen: An Efficient Software for A number of Conditions

Ball screens are vital in trendy basketball. Defenses have give you completely different coverages to attempt to stop the offense from creating a bonus from the ball display screen. There are lots of defensive coverages resembling drop, high-flat, hedge, lure, swap, and extra. As a counter to many of those coverages the rescreen has grow to be vital and has discovered new fascinating functions that we’ll current.

Within the steady chess match between the offense and the protection, lots of protection options has been popularized as properly. It’s laborious to say “created” as nothing is de facto utterly new on this sport. Take into consideration flipping a display screen, altering the angle on the final second to stop an aggressive protection, or utilizing a brief roll to punish a lure to the ball as examples of protection options. Study extra about punishing coverages from The Basketball Podcast: EP81 Ross McMains on Offense

Rescreen vs Beneath

Let’s begin by analyzing the principle use of the rescreen. That is when the ball handler’s defender goes beneath the ball display screen and the ball handler doesn’t wish to take a shot (for a number of causes resembling distance from the basket, particular person talents, second of the sport). The screener could make a fast pivot and re-screen the defender, now nearer to the basket than within the preliminary ball display screen.

Now that the motion is getting nearer to the rim, it’s going to be even riskier going beneath the display screen. If the protection does the truth is go over the display screen the second time, the offense now has generated the momentarily 2-on-1 that’s the aim of each ball display screen motion.

Right here you’ll be able to see two video examples of the rescreen getting used for this particular objective:

Rescreen vs Ice

In these two clips the protection is enjoying an ICE protection (attempting to maintain the ball on the aspect) and we see a pleasant instance of nice teamwork between the ball-handler and screener, the true signal of a wonderful ball display screen.

First image: The protection is enjoying ICE, with the defender being between the ball handler and the screener, channeling the ball towards the sideline and the assistance defender.

Second image: On the similar time the screener begins to roll, forcing his defender to fret about him, the ball handler makes one sturdy dribble to assault. Now the ball appears to be over and the defender recovers again in entrance, and never on the aspect.


Third image: Now the screener sprints again as much as display screen the ball once more. This time, he is ready to ship the ball handler towards the center of the courtroom, the place the protection didn’t need him to go firstly of the play.

Within the video, you’ll be able to see how the protection decides to go beneath this display screen, to keep away from a straightforward center drive, and the offense makes use of a rescreen.

Ought to the offense as an alternative simply flip the display screen instantly when the protection presents ICE protection? This can be a reliable query and in some conditions flipping the display screen and attacking that aspect might be the primary answer utilized by a workforce, however as an alternative let’s deal with one other essential level when utilizing a ball display screen:

It’s one of many first issues you’ll hear in each fitness center when teaching how you can use the ball display screen and it’s straightforward to know why: creating separation with your individual defender lets you have some valuable spatial and timing benefit if you flip the nook of the ball display screen. This expands the 2-on-1 benefit and forces the large man to finish an much more troublesome process.

Have a look at the separation in the mean time of the rescreen: no contact, no inside foot attempting to cancel the display screen and go with the offensive participant, and no fingers able to put strain on the ball handler proper after he turns the nook.

Rescreen When an Benefit is Not Triggered

To research this case, it’s essential to have clear in our minds what a slip is and which cues can lead the screener to provoke his roll early. Slipping as an alternative of smashing (creating contact after which roll) is changing into increasingly common in basketball.

The primary purpose to slide is that the benefit is already triggered, and this might be attributable to two cues:

Studying the Screener’s Defender: the defender is already over the excessive shoulder of the screener, anticipating an aggressive protection or a swap. They may additionally merely be on the stage of the screener however with their legs straight, not able to play good protection on the slip.

Studying the Ball Handler Defender: this sort of slip was much less used previously and it’s a particular function of a extra trendy and dynamic model of play. The screener ought to learn the place of the defender if he’s attempting to pressure the ball handler into the display screen till the final second (I personally counsel my gamers deal with the hips of the defender because it’s the better cue for me). If the defender’s hips are open and they’re already chasing, the benefit is already created.

Try this video for examples:

To summarize this use of the rescreen, we wish to rescreen when the benefit has not been triggered, or has been triggered however then misplaced, on the preliminary display screen or slip. This may occur because of an ideal effort by the protection cancelling the display screen, or by a misunderstanding of the 2 gamers concerned within the motion.

You may clearly see this idea used within the earlier video as there may be an preliminary ball display screen and the benefit is triggered BUT the defender is ready to get well in entrance of the ball. The offense then chooses to rescreen, creating an open lay-up alternative.

Rescreen vs Aggressive Coverages

One other state of affairs the place the rescreen can be utilized successfully is when a protection performs an aggressive protection, like a hedge or a lure. It’s potential to rescreen the defender and catch the screener’s defender in an unimaginable place! It’s practically unimaginable to be aggressive on two screens in a row.

Right here you see the protection being very aggressive, nearly at midcourt to hedge on the ball, whereas the ball handler defender goes over the display screen.


On this second image, you see how the curler stops to set a rescreen, and his defender is on the improper aspect of the ground.


So we now have seen one other potential use of the rescreen, which is to loosen up an aggressive protection.

Satan’s Advocate

I like to play satan’s advocate and I believe it’s a really profitable instrument to develop as a coach. I’m going to spend a while on arguments towards the rescreen. Let’s return step-by-step and take into consideration how we might have solved these conditions with no rescreen:

Rescreen vs. Beneath: If we don’t need rescreens as a part of our system, we are able to deal with stopping this particular protection as an alternative of punishing it. This might imply a extra flat screening angle towards the baseline. This makes it more durable to go beneath with out permitting the offensive participant to get within the paint.

Rescreen vs. ICE Protection: As a substitute of attempting to assault both with the screener or with the guard, we might do the other. This implies to take one dribble again diagonally towards the halfcourt and flip the display screen.

Rescreen When the Benefit is Not Triggered: We might merely coach our gamers to maneuver on to the following set off, both enjoying a guard to protect DHO or perhaps lifting the large man again as much as go the ball to him and play on the other aspect.

Rescreen vs. Aggressive Protection: We might ask for a distinct protection answer. For instance, the concept of “shifting it early and shifting it twice”, is a good instrument vs. aggressive coverages that prescribe to the curler to roll deep, quick, and diagonally into the paint.


I believe that within the trendy approach of teaching, we are able to domesticate a workforce that’s capable of play completely different protection options all through the sport and the season. We can use SSGs and the CLA (constraints led strategy) to attempt to domesticate a number of protection options by altering the constraints to the offense and protection each time. With my workforce, I’ve usually performed guided protection conditions from 2v2 to 5v5 the place on the primary ball display screen if the protection was going beneath our major answer can be a rescreen. I’ve additionally performed 4v4/5v5 conditions the place the rescreen was not allowed and we stimulated gamers to give you different options to these coverages.

If we’re interested by an expert workforce or a context the place each recreation is closely scouted and ready we are able to consider using strategic options to the issue.

I’ll give a fast instance. Let’s say that we’re enjoying towards a workforce who’s major protection on ball screens is an aggressive hedge. We would resolve that with our beginning 5, who is a superb passer and decision-maker within the quick roll, that we wish to use that instrument, however with each different huge man within the rotation we don’t really feel comfy utilizing that. We want to make use of the rescreen as a protection answer.

However this assumes that our workforce is already succesful to select from their toolbox. It additionally assumes that the workforce has sufficient of an understanding of protection options that they know what works greatest with every participant on the workforce. There is no such thing as a time to apply each single instrument towards each single protection each week so you will need to prioritize.

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