I have been thinking of a way to improve our open gym's for our team this year and had a thought. What about if we made it so the only way a team scored was on defense.
My idea is games to 21 1 point for a defensive rebound 2 points for a turnover and 3 points for a charge.
The reason I think like this idea is one you have to defend to score but if you score the other team does not win. So our players would hopefully put more effort on the defensive end but also be patient and take better care of the ball on offensive end.
I know its great to emphasize taking charges but do you really want kids trying to take charges in open gyms? I have had more kids get hurt taking charges or trying to take charges than in any other parts of the game. In the summer/open gyms the last thing you want is for a kid to get hurt.
I like this idea too; provides a good change of pace and you can tweak it to have the guys focus on different areas. We used alternate scoring systems it with our guys last season in our fall open gyms and here and there in the spring also. Our scoring would vary slightly from time to time, but we tried to keep the same main idea. Our scoring looked something like:
2 points for a basket 3 points for a charge -2 for giving up an offensive rebound -1 for a turnover -1 for a one handed pass
We played with different variations of these and with other scoring options here and there. It helped clean up our games; everybody had to value the ball, especially when rebounding. We definitely had some huge point-swings; a turnover followed by a giving up a couple offensive rebounds and then a bucket could be a devastating turn of events for a team on the wrong end.
Post by lightbluenc on Aug 31, 2011 15:25:31 GMT -5
We typically play "doubles." Anytime you get an offense rebound and score, you get double the amount of points. For instance, Off.Reb. and put-back, instead of 2 points you get 4, if you get an OR and kick out for a three pointer, you would get 6. Our kids always hustled more for OR and box outs when they knew they could get a possible 4 or 6 point play.
During the season when we'd get an OR & score our bench would yell "DOUBLE!" The other team didn't know what it meant, but we sure did. They learned to take pride in rebounding that way.
Have used the validation process during drills in practice but hadn't thought about using it during open gym. Only concern is allowing games to continue when I have another group waiting to get onto the floor to play.
In our typical game to 7 we score it by 2's and 3's. That way if he misses and you play to 10 the game is still pretty quick. the kids really seem to like the idea of "validation" and you find out who wants to take the big shot and who doesn't.