SPECIAL SITUATIONS
By 
Bobby Hussey 
Former Head Coach
Davidson and Virginia Tech

RANDOM THOUGHTS REGARDING SPECIAL SITUATIONS:

Four pertinent questions: 
       1. Did your team LOSE a game last year because your team 
      failed to execute a special situation? 
            2. Did your team WIN a game last year as a result of proper 
      execution of a special situation? 
            3. When did you put in your special situations (i.e. out of bounds, 
      last shot, etc.) last year? Early or late? 
            4. Does your team practice special situations each day? I know a 
      coach who practices “overtime” each practice day. 

WHAT DO WE CLASSIFY AS SPECIAL SITUATIONS?

A. Organized last shot against man or zone. Offense from the following 
      spots and situations: 
1. Ball at endline full court -  5 to 3 seconds. 
2. Ball at sideline back court – 5 to 3 seconds. 
3. Ball at sideline front court – 5 to 3 seconds. 
4. Ball at basket – 5 to 3 seconds. 
B. Organized last shot against man or zone. Offense from the following 
      spots and situations: 
1. Ball at endline full court – 8 to 12 seconds. 
2. Ball at sideline back court – 8 to 12 seconds. 
3. Ball at sideline front court – 8 to 12 seconds. 
4. Ball at the basket – 8 to 12 seconds. 
C. “Hurry Up” Offense 
            Get some quick breaks or quick hitters and stop the clock or quick 
        foul on poor shooter. 
             A good fun practice situation to incorporate with your delay game: 
             Team A shooting free throws (1 and 1), down 8 with 2 minutes to 
        go, one time out left. Team B must inbound against pressure and get 
        into their delay game, not in the 1 and 1. 
D. All inbound plays 
      1.  Basket – man and zone 
      2.  Side front court – man and zone 
 3.  Side back court – man and zone 
 4.  Endline full court – especially ahead by 1 point. 
 Note:  Also prepare for changing defenses – trap defenses, etc. 
E. Free throw situations 
      – Special alignments 
F. Jump ball 
G. Overtime situations 
H. Do you call the time out late? 

Note: Coach Hussey's Booklet, "INBOUNDS PLAYS AND SPECIAL GAME SITUATIONS", 
which includes numerous special plays, can be ordered for $8.00 (+$4.00 S & H) from 
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