Basketball Offense

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To learn about basketball offense, the first thing you should read is this introduction to offenses and theory behind building a great offense. You will learn:

  • The different types of offenses.
  • How to choose an offense.
  • How to construct your own high powered offense.
  • The most important aspects when teaching an offense.
  • Diagrams of the different cuts and screens.
  • Sample offenses including Flex, 5 Out Motion, UCLA High Low, Quick Hitters, Umass Zone, and Tennesee Shuffle.

What is an offense?

An offense is your method to score baskets and get open shots against your opponent. Most coaches consider their offense to be a continuous motion or a play that can be run over and over again. It's common to have more than one offensive set, usually a primary offense and a secondary offense.

In addition, most basketball coaches will have a variety of set plays at their disposal. Set plays are usually just run through one time in special situations. For example, you might want to run a set play at the end of the game or when your offense is stagnant and you really need a basket. Then, if the set play doesn't work, you can flow into your primary offense.


Basketball Offense Tips and Articles

Before getting into specific offenses, it's important for your to know the ins and out of setting screens. You can learn more about setting screens by checking out this article.

Offense Tips - The Easy Way to Teach Basketball Offense

Bobby Knight's Simple Offense Tip On Screens & Why You May Never Use Down Screens Again

The 5 Offensive Strategies that ALL Coaches Should Employ

How To Use And Set A Pick In Basketball

Executing The Basketball Pick and Roll

7 Important Offense Selection Tips

3 Critical Player Development Tips For Your Offense


Man to Man Offenses

Don Kelbick's Motion Offense - A Comprehensive Guide to Implementing the Motion Offense

Michigan - Simple man offense for all levels.

The Dynamic Flex Offense With Video

Ball Screen / Pick and Roll Continuity Offense

Basketball Pick and Roll Offense

The Open Post Motion Offense

The Dribble Drive Motion Offense

High Low Offensive System

5 Out Cutters Offense - Motion offense that was used by State Champs (and it can be taught in ONE day)! It can be used as a delay offense, primary offense, and can be used at any level.

1-3-1 Cutters - Great offense for youth & high school teams.

Duke Motion Offense

North Carolina Motion Offense

Triangle Offense

Tim Schuring's Complete Offensive System


Zone Offenses

Yo Yo - Simple zone offense for all levels

Motion Offense Against Zone

3 Simple Strategies to Attack a Zone Defense

Don Kelbick’s Continuity Zone Offense


Offense Against Junk Defenses

Offense Tips Against Junk Defenses (Box-and-1 & Triangle-and-2)


Fast Break / Transition Offenses

How To Run The Basketball Fast Break Offense and Transition Offense - Philosophy, Offenses, Drills

Carolina Fast Break Offense

Keith Haske's Uptempo Basketball System - Pressure Defense & Offense

Suns Fast Break Offense

Foul Shot Fast Break Offenses

3 Unorthodox Ways to Score in Transition

Basketball Press Breaker Offense