Basketball Offenses - Selecting Your Half-Court Offense(s)By Dr. James Gels, from the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook
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Cagetories of Half-Court Offenses:
Complete List of Offenses
- Fundamental Precepts of Offense
- Motion Offense Principles
- Bob Hurley:Motion Offense
- 3-2 Motion Offense
- 4-Out, 1-In Motion Offense
- Open Post (5-Out) Motion Offense
- Open Post Double-Up Offense
- Dribble-Drive Motion Offense
- The Dribble-Drive Motion Offense - Running the Offense
- Read and React Offense
- 3-Out Read and React Offense
- Triangle Offense
- High Low Triangle Offense
- Attacking the Pack Line Defense
- Pete Carril's Princeton Offense
- Princeton Offense
- Princeton Offense Plays
- Pick and Roll Offense
- Fred Hoiberg's Early Offense
- Duke Transition and Early Motion Offense Options
- John Wooden's UCLA Offense
- Wisconsin Swing Offense
- West Coast 1-4 Stack Offense
- Michigan-Style 2-Guard Offense
- Hawk Offense
- Horns Offense - A-Set Offense
- Horns Elevation Offense
- Box-Set Offense
- Double Stack Offense/Plays
- 2-3 High Patterned Offense
- 2-3 Offense
- Blocker Mover Offense
- T-Game Triple-Post Offense
- Grinnell Offense
- Cherry Picking Offense
- 2-1-2 High-Post Offense
- 1-3-1 Offense
- Shuffle Offense
- CMU Wheel Offense
- Youth Swing Offense
- Thunder Offense
- Flex Offense
- 4-Corners Delay Offense
- Delay/Spread Offense
- Basics of Zone Offense
- Screening the Zone
- Keys to Attacking the 2-3 Zone Defense
- Attacking the 2-3 Zone
- Kansas 2-3 Zone Offense
- Kansas Zone Plays
- Simple, Easy 2-3 Zone Attack
- 2-3 Zone Offense Plays
- Anchors Zone Offense
- Delta Zone Offense
- Dribble-Drive Zone Offense
- Read and React Zone Offense
- Stanford Motion-Zone Offense
- T-Game Triple-Post Offense
- Attacking the 3-2 Zone
- Attacking the 1-2-2 Zone
- Attacking the 1-3-1 Zone Defense
- 4-Out Zone Offense and Zone Plays
- 5-Out Zone Offense
- Attacking the Box-and-1 Defense
Also select a zone offense. Add a couple half-court plays and a couple out-of-bounds plays and you are ready to go. Teach and establish your main offenses first. You can add additional set plays as the season progresses. See "Teaching Basketball by Progression".
Basketball Offense - the Triangle OffenseThe Triangle Offense, so important to the success of the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers, is an offense that features a "sideline triangle" and a weakside "two-man game", and is effective against man-to-man defense.
The offensive players always try to fill the five spots, and in this sense is similar somewhat to a patterned offense. There are however, unlimited options and, similar to a motion offense, players "read and react" to the defense.
The offense stretches the defense with good spacing, creating problems for the helpside defense and trapping. Cutting and good passing are important keys. This offense takes a fair amount of practice time to learn, and you need "basketball-smart" players to run it effectively.
Youth teams could perhaps use parts of it, as the offense does help players learn to read and react to the defenders, which is a good thing for kids to learn.
Basketball Offense - the High Low Triangle OffenseThe High Low Triangle Offense, is presented by Coach Lason Perkins. The High-Low Triangle incorporates concepts from the famous Tex Winter Triple-Post offense, commonly known as the Triangle offense; the Flex offense; and the Shuffle-Cut offense.
It provides constant movement, screening and good floor spacing, and offers a variety of options that allow you to take advantage of your talented players. Because the High-Low Triangle is effective against both man-to-man defenses and zone defenses, it provides tremendous flexibility with multiple entries and options.
Whether you have a great outside shooting team or a dominant inside presence- or neither- this is a powerful offense at any level of play.
Basketball Offense - the Princeton OffenseThe Princeton Offense is an offense developed by Pete Carril at Princeton. The hallmarks of the offense are the spread offense and spacing, constant motion, the back-door cut and lay-up, hitting open 3-point shots, flare screens and screens away from the ball.
The basic set can be 4-out with 1-in (either at the high post, or low post), a 2-3 high set, or a 1-2-2 (5-out) set. A smart post player with good passing skills is important. It requires players with a high basketball IQ and good perimeter skills... passing, dribbling, shooting, cutting, etc.
Can be used vs man-to-man or zone. Probably too difficult for youth teams. See:
Princeton Offense... a more general discussion.
Princeton Offense Plays
Basketball Offense - the Pick and Roll OffenseThe Pick and Roll Offense is an offense that utilizes the pick and roll as the basic weapon for getting open shots. Greater emphasis is being placed on the open or spread offense, dribble penetration, and the ability to draw and kick to three-point shooters.
The pick-and-roll (ball screen) is one of the oldest plays in basketball, but it is now being used more than ever.
The pick-and-roll has become popular as a method for gaining dribble penetration and then drawing and kicking-either kicking in to a player near the basket or kicking out to a three-point shooter.
Contributor Hal Wissel describes several pick and roll plays, and several plays that can be used as part of an early offense in transition.
Continuity Ball-screen Offense is man-to-man offense that features ball-screens (pick and roll) and side to side continuity. Two offenses are presented.
Basketball Offense - John Wooden's UCLA OffenseThe UCLA Offense is an offense used against man-to-man defenses. It was developed by legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, "the Wizard of Westwood", whose teams won ten NCAA championships in his last twelve years of coaching during the 1960's and early 1970's.
This timeless offense is still a good one and is popular at the college level. It uses a 2-3 high set (two-guard front). This high set, like the 1-4 high set, takes defenders away from the hoop. There is less pressure on your point guard, as the offense can be run to either side.
Basketball Offense - Grinnell OffenseDeveloped by coach Dave Arseneault, this is a fast-paced, high-scoring "system" with his teams averageing 116 points per game.
It's a "run and gun" offense with offensive possessions often lasting only five seconds in duration (12 seconds at the most), usually resulting in a 3-point shot. Many players will get playing time and no-one plays the entire game. You need two or three good point-guards who can score.
Basketball Offense - Cherry Picking Offense"Cherry picking" is a concept that has been around for many years but you rarely see it anymore. The idea is to get the rebound and quickly make the long throw down-court to your "cherry-picker" for an easy lay-up. Coach Tyler Whitcomb has a more detailed Cherry Picking Offensive system.
Basketball Offense - Delay, Tempo-Controlling OffensesSometimes you need an offense to slow things down, to delay the game and control the tempo, or to simply run the clock out at the end of a half or the end of the game (when you have the lead). Here are several "delay" offenses.
In summary, your offense can be as simple or as complicated as you want.
Youth teams would be best served by keeping things as simple as possible, stressing learning fundamentals more than learning plays and sets. A simple man-to-man offense, a simple zone offense and a couple out-of-bounds plays is all you need, and all you will have time to practice.
High school teams that practice every day can develop more detailed and multiple offenses, with options and plays. But again, simplicity is often the best.