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Run and Gun Basketball: The Complete Guide to the Grinnell System

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Run and Gun Basketball: The Complete Guide to the Grinnell System

Run and Gun Basketball: The Complete Guide to the Grinnell System

Learn the ins and outs of Grinnell College's high-scoring offense - one of the greatest scoring systems in basketball history!

  • Run the floor in transition on makes and misses to score quickly before your opponents can set up their defense
  • Use set plays that optimize the talents of your best players to create the highest efficiency plays possible
  • Extend the pressure with non-stop defense to fatigue your opponents and force quick turnovers

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with David Arseneault Jr,
Grinnell College Head Coach;
former Head Coach of the NBA's G-League Reno Bighorns ('14-'16);
3x Finalist for the Bob Cousy Award;
NCAA Division III's All-Team Leader in Career Assists Average

Grinnell College has long set the standard for up-tempo, high scoring games at any level of basketball. Their style of play is centered entirely around playing faster than their opponents can handle.

David Arseneault Jr. has implemented changes to this system to make it more effective for the latest trends in modern basketball. In this video, you will learn how to create more possessions and score more points than ever before with a detailed breakdown of Grinnell's entire offensive and defensive philosophy. You'll see how to set up your transition offense, score through quick hitters in numerous special situations, develop your team's shooting ability, and force quick turnovers with full and half court pressure defenses.

Transition Offense

Coach Arseneault explains how to organize your team to play with a 12 second shot clock. Grinnell wants to spread the floor as much as possible to allow their preferred playmaker to create. Each player on the floor has specific responsibilities to run to different spots on the floor for unique scoring options. You will see how these roles change depending on whether you start your fast break off a make, miss, or turnover.

Half-Court Offense

Grinnell has figured out how to optimize a deep bench with a platooning substitution system. Each group has unique plays they can flow into when the transition attack fails to produce a high-quality shot.

You will see three strategies used to maximize the effectiveness of their "pecking order." Additionally, three plays are shown for when Grinnell must advance the ball following a dead ball situation. These plays feature high ball screens, stagger screens, and combination actions with dribble hand-offs and ball screens.

Special Situations

Teams that truly play fast must maintain the pace and effectiveness of their offense through any strategy that opponents throw at them.

You will learn how to space the floor with shooters to take down zone defenses. Coach Arseneault also shows how to move your playmaker into positions that are best able to breakdown a zone. You'll see how to quickly flow into your primary offense as quickly as possible from sideline and baseline inbound situations.

Skill Development

Your team needs to be full of shooters to excel in this system. Coach Arseneault demonstrates four shooting drills his team uses to develop their shooting ability. These drills will add variety to your practices while giving players the repetitions they need to refine their technique and extend the range of their shot.

Grinnell also breaks up their skill development into positional groups to practice the shots that players will take in games. These quick drills show different ways to finish at the rim, shoot off the dribble, space for a shot off dribble penetration, and score from the low post.

Pressure Defense

Playing fast on offense is only half the battle. To match the extreme pace that Grinnell plays at requires a commitment on both sides of the ball.

The full court and half court pressure defense they use to force quick turnovers is broken down for you to use with your team. You will learn how to match up on the inbound with a hybrid man/zone full court press. The role for every defender in the press is also detailed so you can understand their responsibilities through changing game situations.

You can keep this pressure on for entire games with a strategy for pressing on misses. The Grinnell Shell drill is the ultimate practice segment for teaching your players to trap in the half court. You'll also get three breakdown drills that will help your defenders recover in disa

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