Article by: Pat Anderson
The key to effective basketball plays for beginners is keeping it simple. The following plays use a box formation, a good beginning formation that provides opportunities for outside shots and post shot plays and allows some flexibility for various scenarios.
This quick hitting play works well when facing intense man-to-man defense.
- To start this box formation play, #1 is at mid-court with the ball, and #2-5 are positioned in a box in the free throw lane, with #4 and #5 at the free throw line and #2 and #3 closer to the basket.
- The play begins with #2 and #3 rushing to the wings.
- #1 passes to #5, and #3 cuts backdoor for a layup.
This box formation play begins with the same positioning as the previous play, except that this time #2 is at the right side of the free throw line and #3 is at the left side of the free throw line. #4 is closer to the basket on the left and #5 is closer to the basket on the right.
- The play starts with #1 calling out “blue,” and #2 and #3 using a jab step or v-cut to go toward the middle and then rush to the extended free throw line. #1 passes to either #2 or #3, whoever is more open (make sure to switch up who receives the ball as this play is repeated).
- If the ball goes to the #2, then #4 (the offensive player on the opposite side of the original box formation) rushes to the free throw line. #5 posts for two counts and, if he hasn’t received the ball yet, v-cuts to the middle and then toward the corner on the same side.
- #2 then passes to #5 and breaks for the basket, looking for a pass back. #4, positioned at the free throw line, if not open will roll down the lane and then continue to the other side.
- If no one is open, #1 will move to where #2 was (at the right side wing) and get the ball back from #5. #3 will move to where #1 was, at the top of the key.
- Once #1 has the ball, #5 will rush toward the basket and look for the return pass. #1 will pass back to #3 as #2 moves around toward the elbow and positions for a possible jump shot.
- #4 will post a block for two counts and then break to the corner. If #2 isn’t open, #3 should look for #4. #5 should flash to the middle and wait for an open shot or the rebound if #2 is able to shoot. Players should remember to clear the key by moving to the free throw line if they aren’t able to get the shot.
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Coach Pat Anderson is a youth basketball coach, writer and publisher of Online-Basketball-Drills.com, the web’s #1 resource for free basketball offensive plays, drills and coaching tips.