Introduction to Swing Offense: Ryan Looney

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The "Swing Offense" is one of the most successful offenses being used today at the high school and university levels.

  • Learn a transition system that provides early scoring chances off of post-ups, 3's and ball screens
  • Create great spacing that will provide your players with plenty of scoring opportunities
  • Incorporate the up screen and flex screen into your half court swing offense to create easy scoring opportunities near the basket

Seattle Pacific University Head Coach Ryan Looney explains how this offense helps promote unselfishness, limit turnovers, provide great spacing, multiple players post up opportunities, and allows them to get to the free throw line. All of which is critical to offensive efficiency and to the success his team has enjoyed running this offense.

Through the use of diagrams, on-court instruction and video from game footage, Coach Looney gives you everything you need to put this offense into action. He details the basics and advanced skills and actions in the swing offense. You will see how simple this offense is to teach, yet how difficult it is to defend.

Starting with the transition game, Looney shows you how the Falcons transition from defense to offense and flows into the offense. Each player's role is broken down in transition and he demonstrates where early 3-point shots and post ups will occur. You'll learn various entries to start the offense, as well as watch game footage to see how the team transitions into the offense.

Coach Looney dives into the half court set-up with the two main types of screens:

  • The Up Screen - This action is set up by a simple pass to the wing. The cutter then uses the screen to get to the rim. The screener steps out to the perimeter and takes the cutters position. This action allows for a quick scoring opportunity but also keeps the team properly spaced.
  • The Flex Screen - As the ball skips from one side of the court to the other a flex screen is set for the weakside wing. It is, and always has been, an extremely effective way to get a player a great look at the rim near the basket.

These two screens are the foundation of the Swing offense. Coach Looney shows where and when each of the screens is used and the possibilities that the offense can exploit from each screen. However, the offense does offer other options to counter the consistency of the screens. As defenders try to fight through the screens or anticipate the cuts, baseline drives open up. Pick and pop options are also present as well as wing ball screens. Multiple post-up opportunities also present themselves which create high percentage shots for a variety of players on the court. Each option is clearly presented in this video and all are easy to teach and consistent enough for players to learn.

The Swing offense is a great team offense. It promotes good floor spacing and constant movement. Defenders are required to constantly fight through screens, adjust to off ball movement and stay active on the weak side. Eventually the defense will make a mistake that will lead to easy buckets for the team running the Swing. Getting your team to be unselfish is an important aspect to having a successful offense. With the Swing, unselfishness is almost guaranteed. Players are constantly getting open and teammates can easily identify this and get them the ball.

Whether you're an expert looking to refresh your ideas on the swing offense or a beginning coach looking to improve your understanding of half court offense, this is a must have DVD for your collection.

62 minutes. 2013.

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