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The WAVA System



The WAVA System
  • Learn the WAVA System - A simple continuity offense built on ball movement and screening
  • Learn to flow into the WAVA offense with five different entry sets to take advantage of different match ups or defensive sets
  • Organize your bench and substitution patterns to take advantage of uniquely crafted skill teams


with Keith Coleman, AIB College of Business Women's Head Coach;
former head coach of the AAU Lady Cardinals out of Kingwood 2005 AAU National Champion, former Northeast Christian Academy (TX) head girls' basketball coach, back-to-back 2A Texas (TAPPS) State Tournament appearances; retired United States Marine Corps Major; 16-0 record vs international competition coaching the men's team on the USS Harlan County

The WAVA System has been developed by Keith Coleman a retired US Marine Corps Major, so it should come as no surprise that this is a system of discipline, developing mental toughness, flexibility and control.

WAVA is an acronym for Waging an Aggressive and Vigorous Attack and has military language in its philosophy and terminology. It is a continuity offense, like a modified flex, that can be run on either side of the floor and continue the pattern and can be run through many times again. This system, combined with the five other sets, can counter attack any defense the opposition may apply.

Coach Coleman will teach you how to utilize your entire roster and keep your team fresh throughout the entire game by playing each player or unit a set amount of time. He diagrams and demonstrates how to use different basketball abilities to change the pace of the game and keep your opponent from getting comfortable on the defensive end.

Coach Coleman will outline numerous drills you can incorporate into practice that help you players develop good hand-eye coordination while keeping your eyes on the target and your chin to the rim. These drills are great for any coach looking to teach their players how to master the fundamentals of the game of basketball.

Disc 1
Coach Coleman's offensive system is set up to help your team become successful at the middle school, high school, or collegiate level. This offense will control tempo, utilize the post, and allow you to look for quick three-point shots to put your opponent away. The basic continuity is called Three, which places the point guard, wing and post on one side. In this discussion is included specifics on post screening and pivoting, guard pivoting, positioning, coming off screens and finding a shot.

There are five sets you can use as an entry into the offense to take advantage of different match ups or defensive sets. Each set has a military name that is representative of its alignment and Coleman provides a color-coded way to disguise the sets. This system is a complete continuity offense that, when combined with the five other sets, can counter attack any defense the opposition may apply.

Disc 2
This disk includes defense strategy and "playing teams within the team." On defense he wants to "disrupt the opponents offensive supply line" and on offense he has a number of "teams" within his team that allows for easy substitutions and an ability to quickly change to different styles of play to attack the other team in specific ways.

Coleman's defense is all about stressing the offense, but not pressing it. He wants to take the opponent's point guard out of their ball handling duties and make other players who are less adept take on those responsibilities. He does this by using the "cover back" to stop the fast break of the other team and teaches the "floating back" technique. The beauty of this technique is that a press break really doesn't work on it because it's not truly a press.

Coleman explains how they trap and how they defend screens, and he describes techniques they use to get teams to burn more of the shot clock to give the offense less time to score. You'll see two defensive calls:

  • Gold - Takes advantage of the offense's weakest player whenever they have the ball.
  • Flash - Appears to be a man-to-man, but is really a zone defense.

The teams within the team are an inspired bit of coaching. Coach Coleman points out three examples of te

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