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Offensive Basketball Plays: Formation Box Offense
The following offensive basketball plays all utilize a box formation, which is versatile for
setting up good post plays and outside shots.
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There are a few plays on this page, so please scroll down to read all the way through. Each play is
accompanied with pictures and descriptions.
In the diagrams, the dotted line shows the direction the ball travels, while solid &
squiggly lines represent movement of the players...
Offensive Basketball Play #1:
When facing tough man-to-man pressure, this backdoor quick hitter is a good
The #2 and #3 men break out quickly to the wings.
When the pass goes from #1 to #5, #3 immediately cuts backdoor for a layup.
This is more effective than playing it from a 1-4, due to the movement of 2 and
Offensive Basketball Play #2:
As 1 calls Blue, 2 and 3 jab step/v-cut to middle then break out free throw line
1 passes the ball to a side (doesn't matter which side just need to change it
up and don't always go one way)
If the ball goes to 2's side 4 flashes up the lane to free throw line.
5 posts up for a count of 2, then if he doesn't get
the ball jab steps to middle and goes out towards the corner.
2 passes the ball out to 5 and then goes through looking for a pass
If not open 4 rolls down lane pauses and post up big on block then continue
through to other side (ensure that 2 has cleared the area)
If no one is open 1 rotates to where 2 was and gets the ball back from 5.
At the same time 3 is rotating
up to the top to replace 1.
As 1 gets ball from 5, 5 cuts HARD for basket looking for the return
1 passes to 3 as 2 is coming around and up towards the elbow for the pass from
3 and the possible jump shot.
If 2 doesn't have the shot look for 4 who is going to post
up on the block for a count of 2 then break to corner. 2 should also look for 5 flashing to
middle as soon as they get the ball. 5 go to the middle looking for a pass if 2 don't shoot. If
2 does shoot 5 is there for the rebound.
REMEMBER TO CLEAR THE KEY IF YOU DON'T GET THE BALL
AS YOU FLASH MIDDLE...go to the free throw line.
Offensive Basketball Play #3:
In Blue 3
whichever side the ball goes into a wing the opposite post flashes to high post area, ball side
post- posts up on block and works the short corner area. After passing the ball the 1 and 3
Rules: 1. The ball must touch one of the post
players before a jump shot by the wings can be attempted 2. If a pass is made into the post/high
post the passer must relocate on that same side in case the post is quickly covered they may throw
it back out to the passer for either the shot or ball reversal. 3. Don't hold on to the ball
forever if the posts aren't initially open keep moving the ball, this is a motion type offense the
more you move the ball the better chance they have of getting open in a gap!
If neither the 4 nor the 5
are open quickly get it back out to the 3, who then gets it back to the 1. As soon as ball goes
into the middle of the floor 4 starts to down screen for 5 to flash to the ball side high post.
After screening 4 flashes baseline to ball side block and posts up/works short corner area. After
the pass to 1, 3 exchanges places with 2.
Options: If the ball goes to high
post and she isn't open she should look at 5 on the block or 1 going back door on the weak side, or
2 repositioning for the jump shot. If ball goes to 5 and she really doesn't have a shot she should
be looking for 4 cutting to the basket or 2 repositioning for the jump shot.
IF THE BALL GOES TO THE POST THEN TO THE 2 AND THERE IS NO SHOT JUST REVERSE THE
BALL THEN 5 WOULD FLASH TO THE HIGH POST DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE SCREEN FROM 4 IF SHE HAS CUT TO THE
BASKET SHE MAY NOT BE THERE TO SCREEN
Now we are in the same place as the other side looking for entry into 4 or 5 if not
there quick ball reversal around and as that is happening 5 is down screening for 4 to flash high
post then flashing across baseline to other post. With all of the options previously stated.
Offensive Basketball Play #4:
1 dribbles to top of key 3 goes through
double screen 4 and 5 set double screen 2 goes up and then cuts back
As the defense is focused on the stack 1 passes to 2.