Even though the ideas are simple to teach and understand, the effectiveness of the Rhythm Offense concepts are directly tied to the skill level of the players and the imagination of the coach. Just like any offense, the more “complete” players a team has the more successful the offense will be. As mentioned in the book, most teams are not fully made up of “complete” players. Most teams are made up of players that we name: “complete”, “specialists”, and “role players”. Here is where the imagination of the coach comes into to the picture. Since the concepts can be applied to any offensive system or actions, coaches can build an offense around what type of players they have.
Overall Goals of Rhythm Offense:
What coaches have to consider when applying the Rhythm Offense:
First coaches have to decide what type of offense they want to run within their program. By that I mean coaches have to decide between the following three options or combination of options: Motion, Continuity, Sets. Coaches usually make this decision based on their experience level, their personality, the age/experience level of their teams, and the overall goals they have for their program.
Examples of coaches/coaching situations:
Strategies for creating “Count Situations”:
No matter your philosophy every coach needs to do the following:
If you have read the book you realize that it was left open ended. By that I mean I did not go through and tell coaches exactly what to do with the concepts. There are two main reasons for that: 1st - There are plenty of great resources out there that coaches can use for specific “X’s and O’s”. 2nd - More importantly, only the head coach and staff knows their team and the goals they have for their program. A coach friend tweeted about “drill grabbers” or coaches who pick up drills from clinics and apply them to their practices even if it doesn't really “fit” within their philosophies and goals. My comment to him was that coaches are also “offense grabbers”. Some coaches tend to bounce from one “offense” to the next looking to that special one that is going to put them over the top. This was not my goal with the “Rhythm Offense” eBook. My goal was to share simple teaching concepts that coaches can use however they feel will make the most impact for them and their program.