A pre-season checklist that I’ve used to make sure I was ready for our first game. It’s a comprehensive list and all of it might not fit your approach, but it’s a good reference point for coaches preparing for the season.

Pre-Season Coaches Checklist

Defense

  • Man to man
    • On the ball
    • Off the ball
      • Help side
    • Post defense
    • Beating screens
    • Block outs
  • Ball screen coverages
    • Hedge
    • Trap
    • Switch
    • Flat
    • Ice
    • Additional – How many do you want?
  • Traps/Double
    • Post
    • First pass
    • Run & Jump
  • Zone
    • One counter defense
      • 2-3
      • 3-2
      • 1-3-1
      • Match-up
    • Post defense
      • Base – front, ¾, behind
      • Traps/Double
      • Block outs
    • Pressure
      • Full court
      • ¾ court
      • Run and jump
      • Scramble situations
    • Time and score
      • Ahead
        • Delay game
        • Go-to sets
      • Behind
        • Fouling
        • Pressure/Scramble
        • Go-to sets
      • Free throw defense

 

Offense

  • Early/Transition
    • Quick hitters
  • Base offense
    • Spacing/Timing
    • Reading screens
    • Penetrate and kick
    • How to play
  • Sets
    • Jump shot – 3
    • Slash/Drive
    • Post up
    • Clock sets
    • Universal – vs. any defense
  • Secondary offense
    • Change of pace
  • BOB
  • SOB
  • Zone attack
    • Base offense
    • Secondary offense
      • 2 man front
      • 3man front
    • 1-3-1
  • Sets
    • Jump shot – 3
    • Slash
    • Post
      • Need 2
    • BOB
  • Time & Score
    • Approach
      • 94 feet
      • FT miss
      • ¾ court
      • ½ court SOB
      • BOB
        • Catch & shoot
        • 2 seconds (One more)
        • Under :10
        • :10+
          • Need a 2
          • Need a 3
        • Press Attack
          • Basic principles
            • Full court
              • Run the baseline
              • Dead spot
            • ¾ court
            • man pressure
            • zone pressure
            • run & jump
          • Special Situations
            • Free Throw Defense
            • Free Throw Offense
            • Jump Ball
            • Junk
              • Box/1
              • Triangle/2
            • BOB/SOB – Deep Corner
            • Playing with foul trouble
            • Rules
              • Loose balls
              • Back court
                • BOB, SOB
              • USA vs. FIBA Rules
                • Goaltending
                • Back court
                • Intentional fouls

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