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By adding these three effective plays to your playbook this season, you’ll be equipped with a full arsenal for any type of pressure situation. This week’s plays — which derive from high school coaches in Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Arkansas — offer several different options for teams as well.
Submitted by Mike Limbaugh, Clarksburg High School, Clarksburg, TN
The Set-up: This is a great play when you need a three-pointer at the end of the game. 1 starts with the ball up top. 2 begins in the ballside corner, just between the far corner and wing area. Meanwhile, 5 is at the ballside elbow, 4 is on the weakside block, and 3 is opposite of 2 on the weakside wing/corner area.
The Action: 1 dribbles hard at 2 and 2 makes a v-cut. 3, 4, and 5 all set staggered screens toward the ballside. 1 reverses the dribble and now looks to pass to 2, who is coming off the screens by 3, 4, and 5 down low. 2 ends up on the opposite side of the floor for an open look at a three-pointer.
Submitted by Don Maynard, Oyster River High School, Durham, NH
Overview: This triangle set is run from an under-the-basket position against a man-to-man defense and ensures many scoring options at the end of a game.
The Set-up: While 1 has the ball under the basket, 2 starts out at the top of the key. 3 begins just inside the top of the key, 4 is on the ballside laneline between the block and elbow, and 5 is on the opposite side of 4.
The Action: 3 v-cuts and uses a screen set by 5. 3 ends up on the weakside block and is the first option if open. 4 then screens for 5 just above the free throw line. 5 ends up at the ballside block after cutting off the screen. Next, 4 rolls back to the weakside box after screening. The rollback from 4 is open against a team that switches on screens. Player 2 is your safety and clears to the ballside sideline.
Submitted by Becky Brown, Star City Senior High School, Star City, AR
Overview: A key double screen nearly makes this play unstoppable when you need a three-pointer late in the game.
The Set-up: 1 takes the ball out of bounds on the sideline. 4 and 2 are just about stacked together above the three-point line and closer to the sideline than the rimline. Player 2 is close to the free throw line extended and 4 is closer to the inbounder. Player 3 is at the nearside low block while 5 is in the nearside corner to start.
The Action: 3 curls around (the inside) a double screen set by 4 and 2. Set the screen towards the basket, not away. 5 replaces 3 on the ballside block. Player 1 passes to 3 for an open three-pointer. 1 flashes to the low wing as another option for 3 if he/she is covered.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Over 50 Game-Winning Last-Second Plays” by Winning Hoops. To learn about more effective last-second plays, check out our entire Winning Hoops DVD lineup.
This week’s Playbook Series features three impressive shooting drills that can make a difference at any level of basketball. First read through the step-by-step breakdown of the drill before seeing the play simulated live on the basketball court.
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Submitted by Steve Shepanski, Rush Henrietta Senior HS, Henrietta, NY
This drill works on shooting, closing out, and boxing out. The defender (X) starts on the low block opposite the shooter (O), who is placed at the elbow. X rolls the ball out to O and then sprints to the opposite low block and touches it with his or her hand.
At this point the ball is just arriving to O. X closes out on the shooter as O takes the shot. Player X boxes out, rebounds the ball, and moves to the block opposite of the original starting location. O moves to the high post on the other side of the key. Run the drill for at least 30 seconds and then have the players switch roles.
Submitted by CJ Kin, Carey HS, Carey, Ohio
Setting Up: Form two lines outside the three-point arc with four players at each line. Players 2 and 3 and 5 and 6 each have a ball. Position two coaches in the lane with a blocking pad.
The Action: Player 1 cuts across the lane and posts up against the coach on the opposite low block. Stress being physical while getting wide and low while posting up. Player 1 needs to have his/her hands ready like a target and call for the ball. Player 5 only makes an entry pass to 1 when 1 calls for the ball. When 1 catches the ball, he/she executes a drop step to the baseline. Have the coach play them just as a defender would and use the pad to give contact on the shot.
The Finish: Player 1 takes the shot, rebounds, and passes to the line where the pass came from. As soon as Player 5 makes the pass, he sprints across the lane and posts up the coach. The same rules apply and the same movements continue until 1 is back in the starting position again. Look to incorporate five different post moves throughout this drill, such as a drop-step baseline, drop-step middle, reverse pivot with jumper, reerse pivot with shot fake dribble and step through, and one dribble middle and drop step.
Submitted by Nick Evanich, Marlington HS, Alliance, OH
This drill requires seven balls, two chairs, and at least 9 players. The drill starts with the middle player passing to the wing. The wing catches the ball on the run and attacks a chair or cone at the opposite end of the court with a strong dribble. The wing uses a dribble move on the chair and pulls up for a 15-foot jumper.
Meanwhile, the middle player sprints down the floor and arches behind the wing player with the ball. The wing at the opposite end of the court passes to the original middle player for a jump shot. All the while, the wing that did not receive the pass, sprints to the other end of the floor and catches a pass from the opposite wing down there. As soon as those far end players make the pass, they now sprint down the court, and the middle player hits one of them with a pass to continue the drill.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “30 Sizzling Team Shooting Drills” produced by Winning Hoops. Got some shooting drills to share? E-mail us at email@example.com. Want to learn more drills and plays to fill your playbook? Simply head over to our basketball library by clicking here.
Add three new plays to your playbook this season designed to effectively attack zone defenses. First, you’ll receive an overview of each play and a full diagram. Then watch the play in action on the court with real players. This week’s collection of plays offer a variety of options for teams, against the zone, including easy lobs at the rim and wide open shots from the outside.
Submitted by Peter Moe, Washburn HS, Washburn, ND
Set-Up: This play starts with a double low post and can be run to either side. Player 1 is up top with the ball, 2 is on the right wing, 3 is on the left wing, 4 is on the opposite low block, and 5 is on the near low block.
Action: 1 enters to 2 and 2 takes a few dribbles to the baseline to force the zone to shift. 3 sets up high on the opposite wing. 2 returns the ball to 1 and immediately cuts across the baseline. As soon as 1 has the ball, 4 flashes into the lane and is working hard for the ball. Aftr pausing in the lane to occupy the backside zone defense, 4 continues to the high post. 2 sets a pick on the backside zone player down low.
Finish: 3 then cuts towards the low block behind 2’s screen for a lob pass and easy layup. Timing is key to prevent a 3-second violation or trigger defensive recognition. Both posts must actively work for positioning during the play. Also, 1 must not give away the lob pass with the eyes.
Submitted by Steve Mergelsberg, Rutgers University-Newark, Newark, NJ
Set-up: 1 drives down and makes a dribble entry to the right side. 2 is on the opposite low block, 3 is on the nearside low block, 4 is on the opposite elbow, and 5 is on the near elbow.
Action: As 1 drives past the free throw line extended, 3 sets a back screen for 5. 5 comes off the screen and rolls to the basket looking for a pass from 1 for a quick and easy layup. If 5 doesn’t get the pass, then he/she posts up on the ball-side low block. On the opposite side, 2 and 4 exchange positions to help create movement. If 5 gets a pass from 1 on the ball side, 4’s defender often slides over to provide defensive help. This could create an opening for 5 to dish to 4 (who’s cutting to the hoop).
Finish: If there’s nothing on the roll or quick post up, then 5 turns and screens away for 4, who breaks to the ball-side low block. Meanwhile, 3 sets a screen in the lane for the defender closest to 2. 2 uses the pick and sprints toward the ball side. 1 can hit 4 or a post up shot down low or pass to 2 for a short jumper at the elbow.
Submitted by Brent Lemond, Vanguard HS, Ocala, FL
Set-up: This play starts off in a 2-1-2 set. Players 1 and 2 start off up top and lane-line extended. 5 is at the free throw line. 4 is in the ballside corner. 3 is on the weakside low block.
Action: 5 steps out and screens for 1 and 2 moves into shooting position on the opposite wing. The defender X2 should be forced to help on 1, leaving 2 open for a shot on the wing. If defender X3 steps out to take the shooter, 2 looks for 3 in the short corner. 3 looks to score or drive and dish. If defender X5 moves to cover the short corner, then 2 can hit 5 after the screen.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Over 50 Set Plays to Attack Zone Defenses.” Check out our entire offensive collection by clicking here. Got any other effective plays to beat the zone? Tell us below or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this week’s Playbook Series, pick up a pair of sideline inbounds plays that are must-haves for crucial situations, dead-ball restarts, or any end-of-quarter scenarios. For each play, first follow the step-by-step breakdown before seeing the action simulated live on the hardwood. Got any other sideline inbound plays that have been effective for your team? Let us know by commenting below or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Submitted by Steve Smith, Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, VA
The Set-up: 4 inbounds the ball on the sideline. 1 starts out on the weakside low block. 3 is on the elbow and 5 is just off the elbow, on the nearside. 2 is just above 3 and 5 and beyond the three-point line.
The Action: 2 breaks toward the basket. 1 breaks toward the ball. 4 passes to 1 and 3 breaks toward the weakside wing/corner. 1 dribbles toward the top of the key while 4 joins 5 in a double screen for 2 down low. 2 pops out to the wing beyond the three-point line.
The Finish: 1 has the option of passing to either 2 or 3 for a three-point shot. 2 can also look down low to 5 or 4 for an inside shot.
Submitted by Mike Ingram, Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI
The Set-up: 1 takes the ball out of bounds. 2 starts off at the nearside low block. 5 is on the weakside low block. 4 is on the nearside elbow. 3 is on the weakside elbow.
The Action: 2 flashes up to the top of the key off a screen from 4. 3 pops up high beyond the three-point line. 5 breaks to the far corner. 1 passes to 2 and then quickly swings the ball to 3. 1 runs off a screen from 4 and receives the pass from 3, cutting to the middle and getting off a shot or layup.
Option 2: Start with the same set-up as above. Next, 4 steps toward the ball. 2 flashes high off the screen from 4. 3 pops up top. 1 passes to 4. 4 then turns and passes to 5 ducking into the lane. 5 seals his defender and looks to score.
Option 3: Again, start with the same set-up as before. 2 starts by breaking to the corner. 3 pops up to the top of the key. 5 breaks to the corner. 1 passes to 2. Next, 4 cuts to the block and receives a pass from 2. 4 posts up and scores on the baseline or hooks to the middle.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Over 50 Sensational Sideline Inbounds Plays” produced by Winning Hoops. To check out more effective team plays in the Winning Hoops collection, just visit our basketball library.
Add some exciting new elements to your playbook this season with these proven under-the-basket inbounds plays. The following sets — designed to counter and surprise any defensive scheme — will give your team a crucial edge during pressure situations. Be sure to read through each play description before watching them simulated live on the basketball court.
Submitted by Greg Siesel, Monroeville HS, Monroeville, OH
The Set-up: 3 inbounds the ball. 5 starts on the ballside low block. 4 starts on the weakside low block. 2 begins at the ballside elbow and 1 is in the near corner on the ballside (just beyond the three-point arc).
The Action: 5 sets a cross screen for 4, who breaks towards the ball and posts up on the ballside block. 1 sets a screen for 2, who breaks to the nearside corner behind the three-point arc. 3 passes to 2.
Next, 4 and 1 set a double screen across the lane for 5, who pops up near the top of the key on the ballside and 2 passes to 5. 3 ducks in behind 4’s screen on the ballside lane. 5 then passes to 3. 4 and 1 curl from their screens and roll towards the basket.
The Finish: 3 can take the shot or kick it out to 2 for an open jumper. 4 and 1 should box out for a rebound on any shot.
Submitted by Mike Burris, Olney Central College, Olney, IL
The Set-up: This play works well against a zone defense. 3 is the inbounder. 5 and 4 are on the low blocks with 5 being on the ballside. 1 and 2 are at the elbows, with 1 on the ballside.
The Action: 5 cuts to the ballside corner and 3 hits 5 with a pass. 1 slides across the foulline and sets a cross screen for 2, who cuts across and heads to the ballside wing area. 5 throws a quick pass to 2.
Next, 1 breaks down and sets a down screen on 3’s defender. 3 uses the screen and breaks to the top, hopefully bringing the bottom defender out to the top with him/her. 5 slides across the baseline and sets a cross screen for 1, who curls around the screen and fades into the ballside corner.
The Finish: 2 first looks to hit 3 for a three-pointer at the top of the key, and then looks to 5 slipping to the hoop after setting the screen. He/she can also hit 1 in the corner for a three-point shot.
Submitted by Jimmy Brown, former HC at Georgia Southern, Statesboro, GA
The Set-up: 1 is the inbounder. 2 is at the top of the key. 3 is on the ballside wing area. 4 and 5 are stacked just outside the ballside lane line, between the elbow and low block.
The Action: First, 3 cuts ahead of 2 and breaks for the basket. 4 and 5 set a double screen (towards the middle of the lane) for 2, who comes off the screen and receives the pass from 1 in the near corner for an open jumper. 1 looks for 3 first, and then 2.
The Finish: If 2 gets the ball but doesn’t have a clear shot, 4 and 5 roll towards the basket and set a double screen for 1, who breaks inbounds and heads for the top of the key. 2 quickly swings the ball to 1 for an open shot at the top of the key.
As a counter, line up the ball the same way as before. When the ball is handed to 1, 3 fakes going over top of the double screen and breaks back to the ballside wing. 2 fakes going over top of the screen and V-cuts back towards the basket. The second option remains the same.
As a second counter, from the same original alignment, 4 breaks to the opposite block and 5 breaks to the ballside block. 1 looks for either 4 or 5 down low. If the defense is used to 4 and 5 being screeners from this alignment, it may catch them off guard.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Over 70 Baseline and Under the Basket Inbounds Plays” produced by Winning Hoops. To check out more plays in the Winning Hoops collection, visit our basketball library.