ADDITIONAL SHUFFLE OPTIONS

CHAPTER SIX

OPTIONS

While the combination of the "BIG THREE": The Basic Cut, The Corner Option and The Split Option provide a very powerful offense in themselves there are additional options that can be added to the Shuffle Offense. In fact the number of options and type of options that can be added are only limited by the coach's imagination. We will show a few of the more popular and commonly used options in this chapter. A word of caution here, it is wise to start adding additional options only after the "BIG THREE" have been mastered. And then only to add a few for that season. Most of the options here will be shown moving back into the Basic Cut. However, the offense could just as easily move into the Corner Option of the Split Option. Remember that these are options and not set plays. The key to these options are the position the ball is passed or dribbled to. Therefore, not all options listed here can be executed in the same package as they have the same keys. This is important to remember when putting together your offensive package.

BACKDOOR OPTION

The Backdoor Option begins when the fist cutter to point pass is being denied. The point moves higher in order to receive the pass. If the point is still being denied, the feeder makes a hard flash to the free throw line to receive a pass from the first cutter (Diagram 37).

As the feeder receives the pass, the point quickly changes direction and cuts off the feeder on a cut to the basket looking for a pass. While this is happening the first cutter is moving toward the baseline to set a screen on the second cutter's defender. The second cutter comes off the first cutter's screen looking for a pass for a shot. (Diagrams 38 & 39)

If the point does not receive the pass on his cut to the basket he becomes the new feeder and pops out to receive the pass from the new point (previous feeder) and the Basic Cut is executed (Diagram 40)

BACKDOOR OPTION TWO

The Backdoor Option Two begins when the fist cutter to point pass is being denied. The point moves higher in order to receive the pass. If the point is still being denied, the feeder makes a hard flash to the free throw line to receive a pass from the first cutter (Diagram 41).

As the feeder receives the pass, the point quickly changes direction and cuts off the feeder on a cut to the basket looking for a pass. While this is happening the first cutter and the post are moving toward the baseline to set a screen on the second cutter's defender. The second cutter comes off the post and first cutter's screens looking for a pass for a shot. (Diagrams 42 & 43)

If the point does not receive the pass on his cut to the basket he becomes the new feeder and pops out to receive the pass from the new point (previous feeder), the post returns to the post position, the previous second cutter becomes the first cutter and the previous first cutter becomes the second cutter and the Basic Cut is executed (Diagram 44)

REVERSE OPTION

The Reverse Option is executed in the middle of the Basic Cut. When the defender on the second cutter moves into the middle of the lane to twarp the second cutter's cut. The point will fake the pass to the feeder, this signals the second cutter to hold his position behind the post. The point will pass to the second cutter behind the post. (Diagram 45)

The second cutter may have the jump shot behind the post. If the defense runs at the second cutter, the post can roll to the basket looking for the pass. (Diagram 46).

An addition to the Reverse Option is the pick and roll run by the post and the second cutter.(Diagram 47)

To move back into the basic Shuffle Offense after the Reverse Option, the post man cuts to the second cutter position, the player who popped out from the feeder position (#3 in the diagram) flashes to the post position and the original first cutter who had moved to the offside second cutter position (#1 in the diagram) moves into the feeder position. (Diagram 48)

THE WEAVE OPTION

To start the Weave Option the first cutter dribbles toward the point. The point moves behind the first cutter to receive the hand-off from the first cutter. The point then begins to dribble toward the post. (Diagram 49)

As the point dribbles toward the post, the post adjust so that the point can use him as a screen. After the first cutter handed off to the point he moved down and screened for the feeder. The feeder cuts off the first cutter's screen to the point position. The first cutter becomes the feeder. If the point looks for the shot off the post's screen and for the post rolling to the basket. If the point does not have either he will continue to dribble to the second cutter. The second cutter moves behind the point and takes the handoff and dribbles to the first cutter position. And the post moves back to the post position. (Diagram 50)

From here the first cutter (previous second cutter) will pass to the point (previous feeder) and the Basic Cut is executed.(Diagram 51)

THE PUSH OPTION

The Push Option begins the same as the Weave Option and it is a good idea to have both options in your arsenal as a package.

The Push Option starts with the first cutter dribbling toward the point. The point goes behind the first cutter but does not receive a handoff and continues to the first cutter position. (Diagram 52)

The first cutter dribbles to the point position. The feeder pops out and the Basic Cut is executed.(Diagram 53)

THE SWITCH OPTION

As the first cutter dribbles into the first cutter position the action begins. The point will screen down for the post and become the new post. The post will cut off the point's screen and become the new point. The second cutter will screen across the lane for the feeder and then become the feeder. The feeder will cut off the second cutter's screen and move to the second cutter postion assuming that role.(Diagram 54)

THE ROLL OPTION

The Roll Option begins with the first cutter dribbling toward the second cutter. The second cutter will go behind the first cutter and receive the handoff and dribble to the first cutter position. On the weakside, when the first cutter hands off to the second cutter the feeder moves up and sets a backscreen on the point. The point will cut off the screen to the feeder position and the feeder will pop up to the point position.(Diagram 55)

From here it is a simple matter to make the first cutter to point pass to execute the Basic Cut. (Diagram 56)

THE QUICK OPTION

The Quick Option is very similar to the Push Option with some additional movement. The Quick Option starts with the first cutter dribbling toward the point. The point goes behind the first cutter but does not receive a handoff and continues to the first cutter position. As the first cutter starts to dribble toward the point, the post screens across the lane for the feeder. The feeder cuts off the screen to the post position and the screening post becomes the feeder. As the first cutter nears the point position the feeder (previous post) pops out to receive the pass from the first cutter at the point position(Diagram 57)

The first cutter dribbles to the point position. The feeder pops out and the Basic Cut is executed.(Diagram 58)

THE POINT OPTION

The Point Option begins with the point dribbling the ball into the offensive area. Once he has reached the point position the Basic Cut is executed the same as if the first cutter to point pass had just been completed.(Diagram 59)

THE BASELINE OPTION

This option is one that is better as a called play, as during a timeout situation. The first cutter passes to the point. The point quickly swings the ball to the feeder. When the pass goes to the feeder the post moves down and sets a screen for the second cutter. The second cutter moves off the post's screen across the lane to the second cutter position.(Diagram 60)

After the point passes to the feeder he moves to set a screen for the post. The post cuts off the point's screen to the point position. As the point is on his way to screen for the post the first cutter times his cut to pass directly behind the point and flashes to the post position. (Diagram 61)

The point that screened down for the post becomes the feeder. Diagram 62 shows the offense set on the opposite side of the court ready to execute another option.

THE TRIPLE SPLIT OPTION The Triple Split Option would be placed in your offensive scheme replacing the regular Split Option.

The Triple Split starts with the pass from the first cutter to the post. On the pass to the post, the first cutter moves to screen for the point. The point comes off the screen looking for the ball, if he does not receive it he will continue down and set a screen for the second cutter. The second cutter comes off the screen looking for the pass from the post.(Diagram 63)

The first cutter has become the point.
The point becomes the second cutter.
The second cutter becomes the first cutter.
And we are ready to execute the Basic Cut. (Diagram 64)

THE POST RUB OPTION

The Post Rub Option is an option that can be included with the Split Option. The Post Rub Option begins with the pass into the post by the first cutter. The first cutter then cuts off the inside of the post looking for a return pass. If the first cutter does not receive the pass he continues to the second cutter position. On the pass into the post the second cutter moves to the first cutter position. On the weakside the feeder sets a backscreen for the point. The point cuts off the screen to the feeder position and becomes the feeder. After the point clears the feeder's screen, the feeder pops up to the point position.(Diagram 65)

THE TOP SPLIT OPTION

The Top Split Option would be another option that would need to replace your regular Split Option in the offense if you choose to use it.

The Top Split Option begins with a pass into the post by the first cutter. After the pass the first cutter cuts off the inside of the post, down the lane looking for a pass, then to the feeder position. The point cuts to the outside of the post looking for a pass. The feeder moves to the point position and the second cutter moves to the first cutter position. (Diagram 66)

If the point does not receive the pass he continues to the second cutter position and we are ready to execute the Basic Cut. (Diagram 67)

THE DOUBLE OPTION

The Double Option starts with the first cutter dribbling toward the post position. When the first cutter starts his dribble the second cutter moves to a position directly beside the post setting a double screen for the dribbling first cutter. On the weakside the feeder set a backscreen for the point. The point cuts off the feeder's screen to the feeder position. After the point clears the feeder's screen the feeder pops up to the point position.(Diagram 68)

If the first cutter comes off the double screen and does not have the shot or the drive to the basket he passes to the player in the first cutter position (previous second cutter). And we are in position to execute the Basic Cut.(Diagram 69)

The UP OPTION

The Up Option is executed when the second cutter sees that the post's defender is playing high and to the middle of the court. The Up Option begins the same and is executed the same as the Basic Cut, until it is time for the second cutter to cut make his cut around the post.(Diagram 70)

When the second cutter sees the post's defender playing high and to the middle of the lane he calls "UP" and sets a backscreen on the post who cuts off the screen to the feeder position. After the post has clears the second cutter's screen the second cutter moves quickly to the post position. The point has started his move to screen for the post in the Basic Cut, but when he hears "UP" he cuts back to the point position.(Diagram 71)

Diagram 72 shows how we are reset to execute the Basic Cut after using the Up Option.






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