By Vic Pruden. From the moment players on defense anticipate ball possession to the moment that they anticipate losing possession, they are on offense. During every moment on offense, teammates should be organized.  The first part of being organized is that each player knows, at the moment he/she anticipates ball possession, not only where he/she should be on the court, but also where his/her teammates should be on the court, regardless of where or how that possession occurs. It follows, therefore, that while on offense, players should know exactly where they and their teammates are on the court.

The second component of an organized offensive system of play is that players, once they are where they should be on the court, know what tasks to perform in concert with teammates, that is, players work co-operatively to execute tasks assigned to them. For example, in a well-organized system of play, a player who takes a perimeter shot will have teammates ready to rebound.

The third component of effective offensive team play is a shared system of decision making which helps teammates integrate their efforts during each moment of play. Consequently, a perimeter player knows when to shoot. Knowing when a perimeter player should shoot, teammates who have the responsibility of rebounding can work to get in position to rebound.

It is the responsibility of the coach to develop and teach a system of play which will help players to be organized on offense. For an example of such a system of play, go to .  

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