Our offensive philosophy will encompass the running game.
- We will try to run on every gained possession. We do not run and gun, we run and take high percentage shots. We run to outnumber our opponents.
- We must be in top condition to reach this objective.
- If the fast break shot is not there, we run transition into offence...
- Offence in the quarter-court is based on player and ball movement. If there is a driving or shot opportunity, we will drive or shoot within the context of what we are trying to achieve offensively.
- It is crucial to be "ready to play". We value possession and take care of the ball.
- Run the floor.
- Fill the lanes.
- Open man must receive the ball.
- Driving lane-passing lane principles.
- Make lay ups, open shots and fouls.
- Stances-Triple threat position (threatens shot, drive, pass).
- Create a passing lane (pass fakes).
- Play as a team.
- Pass away from the defense.
- Contest every rebounding play.
- Defensively our philosophy is pressure.
- We try to apply pressure in the full court. We try to keep our opponents from doing what they want to. We "bother them".
- We pay attention to containing the handler - we allow no middle penetration.
- We will allow no uncontested shots. We will allow no second shot opportunities. We will always communicate to our teammates.
- Our defense is fundamental to one on one principle.
6 Factors (that must be covered in every practice):
- Defensive Coverage - Communicate, cover the runner(s), cover the ball, "get back", stop them from doing what they want to do on the court
- Defensive Rebound Coverage - Get the block out and get the ball
- Handle The Basketball - Outlet, handle the ball safely, value every possession.
- Shooting/ Fundamentals - One missed lay up is one too many. Get good penetration, make smart passes, get the open man the ball, and take good shots.
- Offensive Rebound Coverage - Contest every rebound, fight the block out, win possession game.
- Foul shooting - The only undefended shot we can expect, so we expect a high conversion.
The Elite Program at CYDC is considered the pinnacle of our program at each age category and to participate on this team requires dedication and commitment over an extended period of time. This year and going forward, CYDC has decided that any player looking to play on an Elite team in the spring season requires them to join the program in the fall. This allows us to spend the necessary time in the gym to train and prepare for the spring travel season, as well as leave enough time for players to fundraise. We feel this is the best approach to help us attain our goals.