Basketball Plays

Basketball plays are the foundation of any coach’s strategy for winning. Without a set of plays, basketball coaches cannot properly prepare their team for situations they may face on the court. The following article outlines what coaches should take into account when creating plays and teaching them to athletes.

Athlete Skill Level

As with any sport, basketball plays need to be tailored to the level of the athletes. Young players need slower plays that give them time to think and execute a move. Older players may be able to make plays that are more complicated and that require more reasoning and strategic thinking.

Variety of Movement

Basketball players need plays that will challenge them and get real results in a game. Coaches must take into account the variety of plays they provide, so that athletes are prepared for different situations. Having only defensive plays will create an unbalanced team and ultimately lead to defeat.

Basketball Practice Time

Coaches who only meet with players once or twice a week will have to implement different plays than coaches who work with their team every afternoon, because the team dynamic will be different. To be able to do complicated plays, athletes must trust each other and have time to practice, two things that come with extensive time together. Coaches should gauge their practice time when teaching basketball plays.

Basketball Plays to Try

Offense on the Zone

Player 1 starts behind the circle and passes to Player 2, who is on the left side of the circle. Player 1 runs to replace Player 3, who is opposite Player 2 on the right side of the circle. Player 3, meanwhile, cuts into the middle of the court and back up, toward the top of the circle. Player 4 cuts to the right side of the court, having started in the paint on the left side.

For this basketball offensive play, player 2 passes to Player 3 and cuts through the zone, ending where Player 4 is. Player 4 set a double screen with Player 5, who is in the paint on the right side.

Player 3 passes to Player 1, who passes to Player 4. Player 4 can either push down to the bucket or take a shot from his position near the free-throw line.

Zone PressBasketball Plays

The offense passes the ball in-bounds. Player 1 guards the offense while he dribbles to the right side. Player 3, already on the right side, double-teams the offense with Player 1. Player 2, currently near center court on the left side, comes into the middle circle. Player 4, also in the middle circle, guards against a long pass to offensive players near mid court.

The offense will have to pass the ball. Player 2, in the center circle, guards the two players likely to be on the left side of the court—one of whom probably received the ball. Player 1 mimics the offense’s running pattern, coming to the top of the three-point circle. Player 2 is looking for bad passes to pick off.

Players 1 and 2 force the offensive player with the ball to the sideline, while Players 3, 4, and 5 stay in front of the other offensive players, denying the offense a chance to pass cleanly.

Final Thoughts

Try these basketball plays to bring any team up to speed. The two plays provided are basic offense and defense plays ready to be adapted to any team’s needs!

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