5 Out Motion Offense - Cutters
This 5 out motion offense is an extremely simple offense to teach that could be used for a number of reasons.
- Primary offense. Throughout my varsity career, we utilized this offense with great success because it opened
up the lanes for dribble penetration and cuts that allowed us to utilize our team's quickness. As a freshman in
high school, I saw Cedar Rapids Prairie win the Iowa state championship using this as their primary offense.
- Easy To Teach - This offense could very easily be taught in one day!
- Delay offense. If you want to hold the ball until you get a lay up or the final
shot to end the quarter, this offense is ideal for those situations.
- Foundation for any motion offense
at any level. This offense can be used as a building block to
teach your players basket cuts, back cuts, and how to react to dribble penetration.
- Great For Youth Teams - Great foundation as mentioned in #4 and you can teach more options as the team progresses.
- Pass then basket cut. After the basket cut is made, fill the open spot along the baseline.
Player 1 Cuts and fills the opposite baseline spot.
- If the player in front of you cuts, replace him.
Player 3 replaces Player 1.
Player 5 replaces Player 3.
- Cut Only When You Pass The Ball or when the player with the ball is looking at you.
- The ball should only be dribbled to improve floor balance or beat the player.
- Avoid passing to the corner & keep the ball above the free throw line extended.
If you're coaching a youth team, I'd also be hesitant towards placing this rule. With youth teams, you want to allow more freedom.
Teaching Points To Better Execute The Offense:
These are some things that you will want to teach your players along the way. Be careful on teaching these points all at once. Otherwise, it can overwhelm them.
- All cuts are finished at the rim.
- Passer must watch the cutter all the way though. This helps with timing for the next player filling the vacant spot.
- When replacing the cutter, wait until the player with the ball is about done looking at the cutter. This will help with timing and setting up the defender for a back cut or straight cut.
- Back cut when the defender is near 3-point line. Some coaches like to say on the 3-point line, 1 step from the 3-point line, or 1 foot from the 3-point line. It's up to you to decide what works best for you.
- Always have the ball in triple threat and be ready to dribble penetrate. This offense can sometimes lull the defense to sleep which gives the ball handler opportunities to attack the basket.
Example of an Offensive Sequence
- Players 2 & 3 should be near the free throw line extended.
- Players 4 & 5 should be in the corners.
- Player 1 passes the ball to Player 2 on the wing.
- After the pass, Player 1 basket cuts straight to the rim. Then, fills the spot in the opposite corner.
- Player 3 fills the spot on the top of the key.
- Player 5 fills the wing.
- The defender guarding Player 3 pressures the pass and steps to the 3-point line.
- Player 3 back cuts. Player 2 looks to pass the ball if Player 3 is open.
- Player 3 fills the open spot along the baseline.
- Player 5 fills the top of the key.
- Player 1 fills the wing.
- Player 2 passes the ball to Player 5.
- Player 2 basket cuts and replaces open spot along baseline.
- Player 4 fills the spot.
- The pass is not open, so Player 4 back cuts.
- After Player 4 cleared the lane, Player 5 looks to the opposite wing at Player 1.
- Player 1 basket cuts
- Player 3 replaces.
- Player 5 passes to Player 3.
- Player 5 basket cuts.
- Players 2 & 4 fill the open spots.
- Remember, Players 2 & 4 should not replace as soon as Player 5 basket cuts. They want to pause until Player 5 has almost reached the basket to ensure proper timing.
- Player 5 clears the lane.
- Player 3 dribble penetrates.
- Penetration is cut off. Player 3 kicks it out to Player 1 in the corner.
- Player 1 dribbles towards the wing to create floor balance.
- As Player 1 dribbles to the wing, Player 2 back cuts.
- Player 1 passes to Player 2 for a lay up.
- Defender packs down near the lane in the corner to help on penetration and basket cuts.
- If the player in the corner is a slasher or scorer, you can pass him the ball and allow him to shoot or attack.
- Player 2 passes the ball to the corner to avoid the Player 5 second call and basket cuts.
- Player 5 immediately dribbles to the wing and looks to the top of the key to start the offense again.
- If you have a good post player, you can give them permission to sit in the post for 2 seconds to try to get position.
- Player 1 passes to Player 2. Player 1 basket cuts.
- Player 1 cuts over to the post area to hold the position for 2 seconds.
- Player 3 hesitates to fill the spot until the post starts to clear. If Player 3 leaves too early, it can throw off the timing.
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