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Basketball Screening Techniques - Scoring Without the Ball

Dear Ball Player,

One of the most important things a coach looks for in a player is
their ability to set quality screens.

Yeah, it's true, to a coach, screens are extremely important.
Their entire offense revolves around setting good, solid screens.

Also, realize that not just coaches love screens.  Players too
really notice when they run off of a good screen that enables them
to get a wide open shot.

So many times we've seen players that have a really good skill set,
but simply lack the basics and fundamentals needed to get playing
time on the court.

Setting proper screens is something so basic, that most players
simply choose to ignore it and focus their efforts and energy on
other things.

Unfortunately, this is a mistake all too common.

Players fail to realize that, more often than not, the person setting
the screen is normally the player that ends up with the ball in great
scoring position.

So, to help our players improve their screening ability, and
therefore improve their overall game and scoring average; we have
devised a two-part mini course on the fundamentals of screening.
We've spent a long time putting this mini course together and we
really are proud of it.

In part 1 of this course, we'll breakdown the key elements of
setting quality screens and explain in detail the different types
of screens a player can set.

Part 2 of the course will cover how to maximize each screen and
also discusses the important concepts about moving without the ball.

So, let's dive right into part 1 of this course...

Like we said earlier, screens are the fabric of any offense. And if
a player can demonstrate to a coach that they already have mastered
the fundamentals of setting screens, this will surely leave a great

This also shows a coach that you're a player who is fundamentally
sound, and that you can be an effective player for him right away.

Ok, so the first thing you need to know about screen setting is
that there are basically two types of screens, "on-the-ball
screens" and "off-the-ball screens".  Both require the same
techniques and skill sets:

The Stance -

You need to stand with your feet wide and planted firmly against
the ground.  Try to picture yourself as if your a mountain that
cannot be moved.  Also be sure to have your arms tucked into your
chest so the refs can see that you're not committing a foul with
your hands and also to help protect yourself as your setting the

Positioning -

You must also maintain proper positioning.  As your teammate runs
off of your screen, make sure that they rub shoulders with you. The
person coming off of the screen needs to be very close and tight
with you.  The closer the player is to you, the closer you will be
to cutting off your teammate's defender.

Timing -

This is mainly a problem for the player running off of the screen.
A lot of times the player is too anxious and ends up moving before
the screener has time to get set.  This really makes it easy for
the defender to avoid to the screen altogether.  So, try your best
to get set as soon as possible.  Take some time outside of practice
if you can and work on your timing with your teammates.

Angle -

Also, when you're setting the screen, you need to be in the correct
angle so that you will be directly in the way of the defender.
Improper angles will cause you to be either "too wide" or "too
high" allowing the defender to slip underneath your screen, or "too
low" in which case the defender can easily fight over the top of
your screen.  All of which makes the screen useless.

Now, the angle that the screen is set is going to be determined by
the type of screen being used.  So let's talk about the different
types of screens that are commonly used:

Front Screen -

This is a basic screen that's usually used "on-the ball".  In this
case, you will need to stand perpendicular to your teammate, so
that you will be directly facing the defender.

Back Screen -

This type of screen is usually used "off-the-ball".  Here, you need
to stand parallel to your teammate so that you will be facing the
defender's back.  Try to get close enough that you're setting the
screen on the defender's back side, not allowing the defender to
turn their body.

Down Screen -

This type of screen is usually used "off-the-ball" and is normally
a screen used to get players open down on the block.  Similar to
the back screen, you need to be parallel to your teammate and you
should get really close to the defender and set the screen on the
defenders back side.

Diagonal Screen -

This is where you would start from the elbow and move to the
opposite low block of the lane or vice-versa.  Here, you need to
come towards your teammate at a 45 degree angle and try to screen
the defender on their shoulder area.

This completes part 1 of this course.  Take the time to go over the
material one more time...

Day after tomorrow, you'll be receiving part 2 of this course
discussing how to maximize each screen and also detailing the
important concepts about moving without the ball.

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Wishing You The Best


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