5 Out Motion Offense


The 5 out motion is for teams with 5 players that can play on the perimeter and will play with no post player.

In the 5 out motion, players are spaced around the perimeter. I like to use the 3 point line as a guide.

Players can pass and screen or pass and cut. Off the ball they may down-screen, flare screen or back-screen. They can screen or stagger screen for cutters coming out of the middle.

Players may dribble penetrate and look to score or dish.

Players may cut through the middle but can not cut and stay in the post nor can they post up. The object of the 5 out motion is to keep the middle open for cutters and dribble penetrators so the players can exploit match-ups on the perimeter.

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Akash says:
12/8/2017 at 9:51:13 AM

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12/8/2017 at 9:50:04 AM

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James says:
11/7/2017 at 11:32:28 AM

What are some tips to teach the basic of the motion offense to Kindergartners and 1st graders? Pass, cut, make sure all 5 positions are filled. What else should I be teaching my team of such young players? Any drills, etc. that I could use to implement the motion offense to this age group? How do I get them to move without the ball? They just want to stand there with their arms up or run right to the person with the ball.


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Jeff Haefner says:
11/7/2017 at 3:39:17 PM

Coach - For that reason and many others, we only play 3v3 games at that age. So I haven't even tried teaching 5 out motion with kids that young. I would avoid playing 5v5 if at all possible.

Otherwise I'd just play some 4v0 or 5v0 pass and cut drills in practice. Just use it as a warm up drill to practice passing, maybe pivoting, catching, and cutting. Then I'd just accept that games will be a complete mess with kids running to the ball, etc.

The main thing at this age is to have fun and frankly 5v5 is not a good game for kids this age... 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 2v1, 3v1, and 3v2 are MUCH better games that are both beneficial and fun for the kids. You want them dribbling, passing, pivoting, and having lots of fun.


Ian says:
5/9/2017 at 8:25:59 PM

I run 5-out whenever I can with my junior high team (7-9) no zones.. However I find a lot of teams play slack - not enough for zone, but off enough to where hard to penetrate or pass to cutter...and teams do it because players are skilled/strong/developed enough to shoot 3
Advice? I have other set plays but would like to run motion more


Daniel says:
3/20/2017 at 7:35:37 PM

I play on my high school's JV basketball team as a Freshman and I was so excited but I end up playing not that much minutes for the season. Any advice on trying to get more minutes next season Thanks



James says:
1/31/2017 at 12:07:40 AM

Im coachin a 7th grade team and I'm trying to teach them how to replace each other when running 5 out, with screens and cuts... Any advice?

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Jeff Haefner says:
2/6/2017 at 11:53:03 AM

I think the simplest way to teach players the "replace" concept is with 5v0 half court drill:


Brad Smith says:
1/1/2015 at 10:15:16 AM


We run a 5 out and we rely heavily on screening and cutting to score. We only dribble to create a passing angle, get out of trouble, or Attack a closeout.

After a pass, the passer screens away while the new ball handler has to hold the ball for a 2 second count while the screening action develops.

The cutter must wait for his screen and set his man up. We teach this by walking his defender in. Once the screener arrives, the cutter reads his defender and makes the appropriate cut. He can curl, straight cut, backdoor, or flare.

The rule is "One to the Ball, One to the Hoop". If the cutter straight cuts to the ball, the screener cuts to the hoop and posts up. If the cutter curls, the screener pops back to the ball. We talk a lot about attacking the hoop vertically with cuts, post ups, and dribbles (attacking closeouts). We limit our kids to 3 dribbles.

One other rule that helps Attack the rim vertically are isolated Backdoor cuts and that is triggered by a defender stepping on the 3 point line while denying a ball reversal. When this happens, we automatically cut backdoor. We call it the "Read Line". We got that from Rick Torbett''''s Read&React Offense.

I hope that helps. Again, we score by attacking the rim vertically (north and south)

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Ken says:
12/3/2014 at 3:00:48 PM

My favorite wa y of playing the game! In fact..... I would do that IF I didn't like the tempo, winning or losing.

My philosophy was to control the tempo.


Bernie says:
10/5/2014 at 9:27:08 PM

my question is how does this work against zone defenses. I used it against a 2-1-2, not sure what zone it was to tell you the truth, but I spread my guys out in a 5 out motion and we get several easy looks at the basket in the paint! What are your thoughts coaches?
Coach Bernie
Vegas Elite

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Frank says:
12/3/2014 at 12:52:44 PM

If the are playing zone and you are winning keeping passing and cutting to the basket. They will have to come out the zone to defend. No reason to take a shot. Force them to play something they are not comfortable doing


Matt says:
2/9/2013 at 11:42:36 PM


Thanks for putting up this site. Great resources. I was a High School Varsity Assistant for 7 plus years and recently found myself coaching my daughters 3rd and now 4th grade girls hoops club team. I went to the 5-0 motion this year and it has definitely helped improve the girls understanding of fundamental concepts of the game. The one drill that helped my team out the most was a having a girl at the top of the key and a coach on d in front of her. She passes to a wing,(with a light defender) and then does a basketcut towards the ball side(important that they set the coach up with a jab step opposite the way they pass before cutting). The wing then passes to the cutter for a jump shot or lay up. The area that is most difficult at the lower levels is the abilty of the passer to get the ball to the cutter around a defender. This drill has helped improve both cutting and passing.

One point on the 5-0 motion that needs to be addressed is how to enter into the offense. The screening angles are not optimal so their is a high risk of teams overplaying and getting a steal/fast break. I have switched mid season from getting the players into their spots as has been diagramed, to starting the offense with the baseline players exchanging and coming off a downscreen by the 2's and 3's. It has helped us get into the offense with a greater success for those teams out there without a strong point.

Thanks again for the site. Best of luck.



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