CENTRE PASS: SNEAKY OVERLOAD SCREEN

Summary
Defenders won’t know what hit them with this overload centre pass, which is designed to create an easy, uncontested pass to the goal attack under the post.

Level
Intermediate-advanced

Coaching points
– The WA and GA overload one side of the court just prior to the centre pass being taken – it’s easiest if WA sets up on the inside, and GA on the outside, closer to the sideline.
– WD and GD should be ready at all times – whichever one is on the non-overloaded side of the court needs to drive right down to receive the first pass. The second pass is then to the GS, who drives out of the circle.
– Both WA and GA should jump over the transverse line as if they’re going to drive out for the centre pass. This gets the defenders moving and gets the opposition GD focused solely on the GA, so that the screen from the WA will be unexpected.
– GA should then turn and begin sprinting back towards the circle, and it’s at this moment that the WA should quickly step across and catch the GD by surprise with a strong screen that allows the GA to break into space and receive an easy pass from GS near the post.
– The timing of the screen is important. Too early, and the opposition GD will have time to dodge it. Too late, and they’ll have already slipped past it and gone with the GA.
– It’s critical that the WA and GA communicate early so that they both know which side they’re going to overload.
– As with any overload structure, the attacking players should delay their overload movement until quite late, in order to keep the defence guessing and not allow them to set up a defensive structure.