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College Prep
Italy

Head Coach: Alex Sarama
Youth Conceptual Offense Team Since: 2021/22
Program: Academy

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Louis Riel Rebelles
canada

Head Coach: Andre Desjardins
Youth Conceptual Offense Team Since: 2021/22
Program: Academy

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Strive Academy
Hong kong

Head Coach: Will Lo
Youth Conceptual Offense Team Since: 2021/22
Program: Academy

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Sachse HS
texas

Head Coach: Zach Mikesell
Youth Conceptual Offense Team Since: 2021/22
Program: High School
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Wyndham
australia

Head Coach: Gerard Hillier
Youth Conceptual Offense Team Since: 2021/22
Program: Club
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Life University
georgia

Head Coach: Kevin Easley
Youth Conceptual Offense Team Since: 2022/23
Program: University
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GlenOak HS
ohio

Head Coach: Paul Wackerly
Youth Conceptual Offense Team Since: 2021/22
Program: High School
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Skyline HS
Idaho

Head Coach: Tyrell Keck
Youth Conceptual Offense Team Since: 2021/22
Program: High School
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Lincoln HS
nebraska

Head Coach: Adam Lenzen
Youth Conceptual Offense Team Since: 2021/22
Program: High School
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Camas HS
washington

Head Coach: Ryan Josephson
Youth Conceptual Offense Team Since: 2021/22
Program: High School
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Joliet Academy
Illinois

Head Coach: Adam de Groot
Youth Conceptual Offense Team Since: 2021/22
Program: Academy

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Sandpoint HS
Idaho

Head Coach: Will Love
Youth Conceptual Offense Team Since: 2022/23
Program: High School
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testimonials
I have deepened my understanding of offensive advantages and done a number of the SSG’s from the Youth Conceptual Offense with my U15 team. The things that have emerged are incredible and we are only at the beginning! In the meantime we are working on transition and some of the next modules within the course
I am also introducing the other coaches and youth teams at our club to the CLA (Constraint-Led Approach), and the Youth Conceptual Offense has really helped me explain this in a practical way. Can’t wait to see the results at the end of the year!
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Carlo Taboni
Head coach, Casalmaggiore Thunder, Italy
I have found that, as coaches during a game, we can make simpler and more direct adjustments to attack any defense. Instead of calling sets to hopefully get an advantage a couple of passes into the play, we use triggers and sometimes focus these in a particular space on the floor or against a specific matchup.
Every player is very aware of their role and ability to impact the play thanks to Youth Conceptual Offense principles. Furthermore, I have had more success vs. Zone with Youth Conceptual Offense than any other offense I have run. We relentlessly attack and then move the ball. My teams have often gotten stuck in the past solely perimeter passing vs the zone from stationary spots. In terms of triggers we use the Blast Cut, Get, Ball Screen and some Screen Away. I will be making Flare Screens a priority next year. Coverage solutions are definitely huge for use: I use simple solutions with U12 kids and they have begun to play with eyes up a lot more, achieving many more rim attacks. It is conceptual, not comprehensive. I adapt it to U15 Boys and Girls and U12 boys differently. I have had to identify spacing strategies and roles for each team, but in general, it is flexible enough to transfer to each level, and structured enough to guide offense effectively.
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Jon Ellsworth
Head Coach, North Davis Junior High, Clearfield, Utah
The Youth Conceptual Offense is an excellent resource Alex has put together. It helped immensely to have a vocabulary and concepts to refer to for practice and game purposes. I benefited from being able to utilize the information provided in our game plans. Specifically, being able to come up with plan A,B,C contingencies that
were linked to what we practiced. The triggers that we primarily used were Gets, Pick and Roll, and Screen Aways. I was surprised how quickly some of the varsity players picked up "twisting" the screen. Gets were a staple for us as keeps and handoffs were particularly helpful.
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Marcus Wilson
Head Coach, Kentlake HS, Washington, USA
The BDT Offense is an incredible resource which coaches of all levels should study. We had great results using conceptual offense ideas with the Italian youth national team, which helped the team not only play effectively, but also allow players to develop individually through making better decisions as opposed to relying only on set plays.
Alessandro Nocera
Head coach, Italy U15 National Team
I always enjoy speaking with Alex about the subtleties of conceptual offense. These modern offensive ideas are the direction in which the game is going, and I highly recommend the BDT Offense for coaches who want to be ahead of the curve.
Alan Ibrahimagic
Assistant Coach, Germany Men’s National Team
Alex and I have had many discussions about ways to embrace evidence-based ideas within the basketball coaching world. Alex is one of the best at what he does in terms of coaching with constraints to shape team and player development. The BDT Offense helps coaches understand how to use constraints effectively to build a whole offense.
Dave Love
NBA Shooting Coach
The BDT Offense is a game changer for our program. It has completely changed the way I think about offense. Coach Sarama has truly put together something special with this offense. I wish I could have come across this earlier in my career to get more wins for our University!
Kevin Easley
Head coach, Life University
I always enjoy my conversations with Alex talking about ways to apply modern coaching concepts. Alex has an endless amount of small-sided games and activities which are a game-changer for player development with players of all abilities.
Parfait Bitee
Assistant Coach, Towson University MBB
This is an incredible resource for coaches of all levels to deepen their understanding of modern offensive concepts. The BDT has been a great inspiration for us and we can’t wait to use conceptual offense concepts this year!
Matt Cline
Special Assistant, Mizzou University MBB
The BDT Offense is a fantastic framework. It’s far more than X&O’s as it will help improve your practice design and environment that your players develop in. The bonus is that it’s all based on scientific research!
Markus Klusemann
Athletic Performance Director, Overtime Elite Academy
98% of coaches who have tried the Youth Conceptual Offense said they are never going back to their old system and practice methods.
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