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Basketball Offense - 5-Out Open Post Offense

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Contributed by Geoff McCracken, Head Boys Basketball Coach, Dayton High School, Dayton, Texas

This is a good offense to use if your team lacks post players, but instead has a number of good quick guards. See the basic set below. Also, see the Open Post Double-Up Offense and the 5-Out Zone Offense.

Open post motion offense

The players are numbered only to show movement from one spot to the next. This offense is not designed for restrictive positioning. All 5 players must be able to move, pass and catch. For instance, O5 does not have to be a 3 point threat (although it helps), but he/she must be able to catch the ball on the perimeter and pass it to the open man.

Rules without the ball

1. If you have an overplay (being denied), back-cut.

Open post motion offense, backcut

2. If you have an underplay (defender sagging off), pop out to spread the defense.

Open post motion offense, v-cut

3. Someone dribbling toward you, back-cut thru and then fill the vacant perimeter spot.

4. Fill the open spot when a teammate cuts or drives.

Open post motion offense, dribble at - backcut

5. Dribble penetrate, relocate and fill open spot. The most important rule is to keep moving. If you do not catch a pass with 2 seconds you need to move on. When filling spots on the floor move up and away.

Open post motion offense, dribble-pentrate - relocate

Rules after passing the ball:

After you pass the ball there are four things you can do:
1. Cut to the basket
2. Screen away
3. Cut in and pop out
4. Screen the ball


Open post motion offense, rules after passing

Reading screens

It is very important that both the player setting the screen and the player coming off the screen read the defense.

Rules for setting screens

1. Turn your rear end to the direction that you want the man you are screening for to go.
2. Set your feet solid and protect yourself by extending your arms down and crossing them.
3. Call out the name of the man you are screening for.
4. Screen the defense not the offense. Set your screen 2-3 feet away from your teammate, let him come to the screen.

Rules for coming off screens

1. Set the screen up by v-cutting or jab-stepping away from the screen and then running back into it.
2. Rub shoulders with the teammate who is setting the screen, take the defender to the screen.
3. Read the defense when you come off the screen.


If the defense goes under a screen then the player coming off the screen should run off the top.

Open post motion offense, reading screens

If the defense follows you around the screen then the player coming off the screen should curl. (O1 in this case must replace himself at the point or O5 should fill all the way up to the point).

Open post motion offense, reading screens

If the defense switches on the screen, then the man who set the screen should seal the player he/she screened and come to the ball.

Open post motion offense, reading screens

If the defense overplays the screen then use a flare move.

Open post motion offense, reading screens




Post Entries for the Open Post (5-Out) Motion Offense


Option #1.
Ball side corner flashes to the post when the ball is passed to the wing. He must wait for the cutter to clear the post area.

Open post motion offense, post entry

Rule for getting out of the post is to back screen the wing once the ball leaves. The wing curls around to the corner if he/she does not get the ball.

Open post motion offense, post entry

Option #2.
Backside corner or wing flashes to the post. (You might want to specify which one has the freedom to flash in there to eliminate confusion). Again he must wait for the cutter to clear.

Open post motion offense, post entry

Rule again is he/she must back screen the way out of the post. This time the wing (O2) clears to the opposite corner. Following the rule of "fill the open spot".

Open post motion offense, post entry

Option #3.
Point passes to wing and screens away for weak side wing or corner. Weak side wing or corner flashes to the post. The point fills the corner no matter whom he/she screens for and the other players fill up.

Open post motion offense, post entry

Again the rule is he/she must back screen the way out of the post on ball reversal. O2 continues to the corner.

Open post motion offense, post entry

Option #4.
Point passes to the wing and cuts through the lane for a post up.

Open post motion offense, post entry

Again he/she must back screen on the way out of the post on ball reversal.

Open post motion offense, post entry




Helpful DVD's...


Coach Huggins teaches the open post offense

Bob Huggins: Open Post Motion Offense
with Bob Huggins, Head Coach, West Virginia, '00-'01 National Coach of the Year
Coach Huggins breaks down his offense using on-court players to demonstrate each part of the motion. In addition, Huggins reveals key principles to running the open post motion offense, including cutting to the basket, screening away from the ball, and moving to the ball, as well as drills outlining each principle. During individual drills, Huggins identifies important spots on the floor where good shots can occur. Several two and three player drills... (more info)

Price: $39.99
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Teaching the open post offense at the high school level

Jerry Petitgoue's Open Post Motion Offense
with Jerry Petitgoue, Cuba City HS (WI) Head Boys Basketball Coach (35+ years), 19 Conference titles, 3X Wisconsin State Championships, 26 Consecutive 15+ Win Seasons
Coach Petitgoue dissects this potent offense with an impressive on-court demonstration. Known for consistently producing winning basketball, the Open Post is packed with weapons. Presented as a series of four options called Iowa, Revolve, Pick and Dribble, each series adds a unique wrinkle. Developed over years of studying coaches all over the country, Petitgoue has designed a foolproof attack based on flexibility, cutting, screening, dribble penetration and floor spacing. A team limited by size or talent... (more info)

Price: $39.99
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