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  Offensive Basketball Plays: SPECIALTY OFFENSE

The following offensive basketball plays are all of a specialty offense, effective in certain types of game situations such as out of bounds, buzzer beaters, etc.

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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.



Offensive Basketball Play #1: PRESS-BREAK BASELINE BOMB


After scoring the defense sets up a press.


This is a play to inbound the ball.


4 and 5 go for a screen on 1 and 2.


Only 4 makes a fake screen and cuts back behind the baseline.

1 cuts towards the ball.


4 cuts behind the baseline.

Player 3 has two options:


Pass to player 1 or to player 4.


If player 1 is not free the pass goes to player 4.


When passing to player 4, player 3 must make sure that player 4 is completely out of bounds; otherwise the ball is turned over.


Note that this is only allowed after the opponent made a basket.

When the ball is at player 4.


3 sets a screen for player 1 who cuts to the ball.


5 cuts towards the offensive half.


2 v-cuts towards the ball.


Offensive Basketball Play #2: PRESS-BREAK SET 12


3 throws the ball inbounds. 1 and 2 are the wings, 4 and 5 are aligned at half court.


1 and 2 may stack at the elbow and break to get open, they may align at the elbows and screen for each other or any other way to get open.


1 and 2 break. 3 passes the ball to 2. This starts the post movement. If the ball is entered on your side you go deep. If the ball is entered away, you stay.


2's 1st option is the baseball pass to 4 deep. Most of the time that will not be there but 4 should still go deep to occupy the defense.


Since 1 didn't get the inbounds she breaks at a 45* angle to the middle. This is the second option.

After inbounding the ball 3 steps inbounds to be the trailer.


The third option is to hit the trailer. The trailer will then look for 1 breaking up for the ball.


It is important for 1 to keep moving toward the ball while she is in the middle. If 3 passes to 1 we should be able to break the press.

The fourth option is for the trailer to swing the ball around the horn to 5 who is breaking up to the old time line.


3 passes to 1 who should be open breaking in the middle.


When 1 gets the ball she should normally go to the right elbow. But since the ball has been reversed to the other side of the court she should take it to the left elbow. This will make more sense in a little bit...

When 2 receives the inbound pass her final option is the skip pass to 5 at the time line.


If she is double teamed and 1, 3, and 4 are all covered there is no one left for the skip pass.


2 skip passes to 5 who passes to 1 for the break.

Once we have the press beaten by getting the ball in the middle we want to attack their press to see if we can get an easy basket.


If one gets the pass in the middle from 2 or 3 she will take the ball to the right elbow.


If this is the case, 4 will be on the right block, 5 will sprint to the left block, and 3 will sprint to the opposite (left) elbow.


Since 2 made the pass to the middle she has floor balance.


Whoever makes the pass to the middle has floor balance.

If the ball has been reversed to the opposite side and then passed to the middle, 1 would take the ball to the left elbow.


4 will cross over. Whoever is deep always goes to the ball side block.


2 would fill on the right block. 3 goes to the right elbow. 5 has floor balance since she made the pass to the middle.


Offensive Basketball Play #3: TRIANGLE AND 2


1/4 Set against triangle and 2 2 & 3 are defended in m/m 1 passes to 4/5 5 cuts to ball side low post 1 replaces 5

4 passes to 1 for shot (1st option)

4 dribbles towards the center of the floor 1 & 5 cut towards the basket

2 & 3 screen down on the triangle 2 & 3 will now occupy 2 defensive players

1 & 5 use the screens set by 2 & 3 1 & 5 can even cross under the bucket to create more movement 4 passes to 1 or 5



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