Hello guys, thought I'd pop by and let you know how my season went running R & R. This was my first year back coach after having taken off last year to re-charge batteries. (I'd squeezed 30+ seasons into about 20 years by coaching our middle school girls in the fall and then our middle school boys in the winter. I needed a break last year!) So our 7th grade boys job opened up and I got the job. This district where I teach and coach lacks a basketball culture...wrestling is king. (Wish there was one of those cool vomitting smiley's to insert here.) The boys I get lack fundamentals, but that's a story for another day. I sincerely enjoyed teaching and running R & R. We mainly focused on Pass & Cut and just flat out attacking the basket. Other than calling out "10" when needed (my way of letting the boys know we needed to make at least 10 passes/cuts to take time off clock), I never called a play. The good: -We took a ton of shots. -We got to the foul line 20+ times every game. -The boys learned how to create a shot for a teammate by attacking gaps in the defense and passing to teammate who helper left. -We never needed anything more than pass/cut to break a press. -I never got sense that opponents knew what we were doing. -I think the boys took steps forward in learning how to play basketball rather than a pattern. -I don't think we turned the ball over any more than if we'd tried to run sets. The bad: -Sometimes the boys had a hard time distinguishing a good shot from a bad. -The middle would often be come clogged. (Ran R &R from a 5 out.) -Boy's cuts got less aggressive as season worn down. Teams started to sag so getting someone open backdoor become more difficult. I learned some things I will teach differently next year. We ended up 9-12. We got out of the gate at 4-1 and then moved our PG up the 8th grade team. I suspect we would have faired better with this PG on my team until the end. So, next year I start over again with a new crop of 7th graders. Looking forward to teaching them how to play the game too.