The improvement of movement - Passing and Cutting to create space for the Shot

This Sportplan session looks at ways for you to get your players to run, cut, receive and shoot in this advanced giving and going session.

The give-and-go, often called pass-and-cut, is an offensive play in which a player simply passes (gives) to a team-mate and cuts (goes) towards the basket. The use of the cut, a sharp change of pace and direction, is how attackers can break free from their defender and then look to receive a return pass from their team mate in space.

Sounds simple, and when performed correctly it is. Annoyingly though you will often find that players do not make these sharp cutting runs but instead run around like headless chickens, following the ball which doesn't create space. To ensure your team are wiser than headless chickens on the court we've designed this session to highlight to them just how effective giving and going can be in creating goal scoring opportunities.

We start simply, with a drill encouraging players to offload the ball and make a V cut run before receiving the return pass and going on to shoot. However, we know your players are better than that and so once they've mastered the basics we're going to step up the intensity.

Come the end of this session in the final game you should find yourself with a team full of skilful cutters, players who are skilled at losing their markers and creating space in which to receive the ball.

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