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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.
The ensuing team transition drills are perfect for practicing typical transition game situations and promoting healthy competition during practice. Read through the details below and then watch the video clips to see exactly how each drill should be implemented out on the floor.
Submitted by Steve Pappas, Deerfield High School, Deerfield, IL
Intro: The Circle Break Drill is an effective all-purpose drill that incorporates all phases of the game. It can be run with restrictions, but is also ideal for building conditioning and team toughness.
The Set-up: Divide your team into four groups for this 3-on-3 transition drill. Make sure that each team is equipped with a different colored shirt. Team A starts on offense and attacks Team B. Both teams stay on the court until one team scores. The team that scores must get back on defense while another team waiting under the scoring basket inbounds the ball and attacks. If Team A scores, Team B will step off the floor. Team A will get back on defense and Team C steps onto the floor and begins offense.
The Finish: C1 gets the ball out of the net and bursts up the floor with a dribble or pass. When a team steps off the court, they must occupy positions under the basket and on the sideline and should be prepared to enter when the ball goes in their basket. Keep track of the score and play with a time limit. Fouls also result in points and the foul team steps off the floor.
Submitted by Bill Savarese, Murry Bergtraum High School, New York, NY
Intro: The object of the Recovery Drill is to get your players to improve their reaction time for getting back on defense and for quicker defensive recovery while in transition. It also incorporates fast break patterns, improves player decision-making abilities, and hones skills for boxing out, rebounding, and shooting.
Set-Up: Line up five offensive players along the baseline and five defensive players facing them and across the court at the foul line extended. Defensive players are numbered 5 through 1 and go from left to right on the court.
The Action: To begin, the coach yells out a defensive player’s number while rolling the ball out to an offensive player of his/her choosing. At the yell, the offensive player secures the ball and heads down court on a fast break. All defenders run back in defensive transition, except for the player whose number was called out by the coach (in this example, X 1). X 1 must run and touch the baseline before transitioning, giving the offense a momentary 5-on-4 break. X 1 must run back as fast as possible to help his teammates while the offense looks to score on transition.
The Finish: On the shot attempt, the defense secures the rebound and heads back into transition going the other way. Rotate in a new group of players (if you have 15 on the roster) and repeat the drill for a predetermined time limit. Be sure to mix up the players that touch the baseline.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “25 Aggressive Transition & Conditioning Drills” produced by Winning Hoops. To check out more drills in the Winning Hoops collection, simply visit our basketball library.
In this week’s Playbook Series, we break down three proven shooting drills that can make a difference for any basketball program. Read through the step-by-step breakdown of each drill before seeing them simulated live on the hardwood.
Submitted by Tim Hofferber, Guymon High School, Guymon, Oklahoma
The Set-up: The ball starts in the right corner and is passed around the perimeter until it reaches the opposite corner for a shot.
The Action: After each pass, the player follows the pass to the next station. The shooter grabs the rebound, passes to the next player up in the original line, and runs to the end of that line.
Keys: Divide the team in half and place a group at each end of the floor to make it competitive. Also, decide on different shooting spots to shake up the drill a bit.
Submitted by Stacy McGehee, Vincent High School, Vincent, Alabama
The Set-up: There are two lines up at the top of the key. Players 1, 2, and 3 are stacked to the right. Players 4, 5, and 6 are stacked to the left. In the right corner, we have players 7, 8, and 9 lined up. In the left corner, we have players 10, 11, and 12 lined up.
The Action: To begin, players 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 all have basketballs. Players 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 do not. Player 1 passes to 4 and then sets a screen for 7. 7 cuts to the elbow and receives a pass from 4. 7 shoots upon receiving the pass.
The Finish: Next, player 4 screens for 10. 10 curls to the elbow and gets a pass from 2 and shoots. 7 gets his rebound and dribbles to the end of the line behind 2 and 3. Utilize many different types of shots with this drill, including layups, jumpers, jump-stops, head fakes, and more.
Submitted by James Bryant, New Caney High School, New Caney, Texas
Put 30 seconds on the clock and get three players in three different lines outside the three-point line. The first player in each line shoots, gets the rebound, and passes to the next player in their line. This drill continues until the buzzer sounds. Then rotate each line after the buzzer.
The previous drills can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Over 30 Sizzling Team Shooting Drills” by Winning Hoops. To check out more team plays and shooting drills, visit our extensive Winning Hoops collection.
An effective defensive drill should really get your team some key repetitions in practice, reinforce core principles, and replicate game-like situations. In this week’s Playbook Series, we’ll focus on a competitive group drill before getting into denial defense. Check out these two new drills and use them to spice up your practices this year.
Submitted by Phil Martelli, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
Divide the players into four groups of two all over the court. The “O’s” have the ball and “X’s” are the defenders. Tell your defensive players to guard the ball for three slides, forcing the ball to the sideline. Meanwhile, the ball handler tries to beat the defender off the dribble.
After the initial slides, both players line up outside the three-point circle (elbows extended) and the ballhandler tries to beat the defender to the basket. The defender should look to force his opposition to the baseline. The players sprint back to their original spot, switch roles, and do it again.
Submitted by Alex Allen, Mohawk HS, Marcola, OR
Overview: This effective drills is used to work on the following defensive skills: denying the passing from the point to the wing, denying the ball from the corner to the wing & the post, and using the chest to fend off the offensive player as they make a ballside cut and denying him/her the ball. This drill also gets players to also work on 1-on-1 defensive and offensive skills.
Set-Up: The drill begins with a coach holding a ball at the point and players at positions 1 to 5. 1 is on the right wing area, 2 in the right corner, 3 on the right low block, 4 on the left wing, and 5 in the left corner. Emphasize players on defense they mustbe intense on defense and offensive must make players work hard.
Action: The first defensive player starts by denying the pass from the point to the wing. Player 1 V-cuts back and forth from the wing to the block. The coach passes to 1, either on the wing or via backdoor pass. Next, the coach passes the ball to 2 in the corner. 1 steps aside. Pass the ball to 2 and attempt a few passes down low to 3. The defender covers 3 and defends the post-up and works on post-up defensive strategies.
The ball is then reversed from 2 to the coach, across to 4 and then to 5. As the ball is reversed, the defender down low must adjust accordingly and switch ballside positioning. After 5 gets the ball, 3 cuts hard to the near low post. The defender must chest 3 off as the pass looks to go down low from 5. Once 3 has the ball, he can go 1-on-1 with the defender. See if you can run this drill on both sides of the court simultaneously. Rotate offensive players through each rep.
Keys: We are only working on one defender at a time here in different denial situations.