2 Simple Baseline Out Of Bounds Plays
For All Occasions

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The object of offense is to score every possession. Out-of-bounds plays present opportunities to score. Too many times, we use O-O-Bs as an opportunity to just get the ball inbounds. It is not after that you start a possession so close to the basket. It is a great advantage. Use it. Here are 2 simple out of bounds plays from under the basket that can be used against all kinds of defenses.

Line Under

This is a great play to get the ball to your post player under the basket for some easy baskets.

Play sets up with 4 man on the block directly in front of the ball.

5 man on the opposite block.

1 and 3, as potential shooters wide and deep in the corners.

2 is taking the ball out.

This set forces all of the offensive players to be defended with at least a 3/4 front to a full front. Any player not played in that manner, just throw him the ball and have him score.
When the play starts, 4 cuts straight up the lane.
2 inbounds the ball, over the top (remember the defense has to front)

On the catch, the 5 man ducks in to the basket as the 4 man immediately passes to 5 for a low post play.


This is a simple play with multiple options. I used to put it in as multiple plays, but now I use it as one play and let the players determine which option to use.

This is the basic set.

2 (best shooter) takes it out.

1 & 3 (better ball handlers and shooters) on ball side.

4 & 5 (usually post players, good screeners) opposite the ball.
Play can start any number of ways.

Here, the 1 man screens up for the 3.

3 man cuts to the corner.

2 passes to 3 to get it inbounds.
Here, 1 and 3 just pop out to the corner and wing, respectively.

2 can inbound to the corner 1 or over the top to 3.

Players have to take advantage of defensive weaknesses and be aware of trap possibilities on the inbound pass.

3 looks to score. 4 can roll or pop.
After inbounding the ball, 2 steps to the block.

If the inbounds pass goes to the corner, receiver can look for an immediate pass back to 2 to take advantage of misplays by the defense.

Make this pass to score.
2 then passes the ball to 1 on top.

4 drops to form a double screen (can also be a stagger) on the weak side.

Regardless of how you get the ball in, the object of the entry action is to get the ball to the top.
Once the ball is on top, 1 brings it to the center of the court.

2 steps to the middle of the lane.

3 closes toward the lane.
Once players move, everything becomes a read to take advantage of the defense.

Here, 2 has an option for a "Floppy Cut." He has 4&5 on the weak side in a double screen (or stagger) and 3 on the strong side for a single screen.

2 can go either way for a shot.
Here, 2 sets a back screen for 3.

3 cuts off the back screen and then off the double screen (or stagger).

1 can pass to 3 for a shot or 2, who pops out after screening and is isolated for a shot or drive.

Allowing the players to read the situation and act accordingly, makes this play effective against any type of defense.

There are many other logical options you can create after the initial action. You can play with it and see what you can come up with.

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60 Baseline Out of Bounds (BLOB) Scoring Plays
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The baseline out of bounds play is a play that happens a lot in a game. By being really good at both executing and defending BLOB plays, it can literally result in a 16 point swing for your team! (more info)

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Joe Haefner says:
9/9/2011 at 10:39:41 AM

Mario, this play is from Don Kelbick who coached at the college and professional levels, so it should work for you as well.


Mario says:
9/9/2011 at 10:22:54 AM

Thanks, I understand Joe's comment. However, I coach at the men's level and an athletic defender for 2 usually will not guard the inbounder, but stay in the paint.
The screening thing, Coach Bolden, is interesting as well, but I believe it negates the original advantage this play was built on (i.e. your center having the opportunity to shield off his defender as the pass moves to the three-point line). Maybe this is more useful at a youth level.
Regardless, I have a scrimmage tomorrow and will just try to work it in occasionally. Thanks to both of you!

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Coach Bolden says:
9/7/2011 at 12:21:29 PM

Mario; I use screens to free up players so that it does not matter what the defender does. Because should he fight through the screen there is the roll by the screener so either way we get a lay up


Joe Haefner says:
9/7/2011 at 10:39:11 AM

Mario, I think if the defender guarding 2 steps over to defend the pass to 5, I would use a ball fake to 5 and throw a pass to 2 stepping in for the pass.


Mario says:
9/6/2011 at 7:02:32 PM

Line under...where does 2 move after completing the inbounds pass? It seems to me that 2's defender has an excellent chance of intercepting the pass to 5, unless 2 moves to the weak side immediately. Any ideas on this?


Coach Kim says:
9/6/2011 at 11:27:38 AM

I am quite agree with the Line Under & Floppy. I prefer Line Under because it is simple but effective. The players can set their play freely after the inbounds. It is just great. Thanks.


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Coach Bolden says:
9/1/2011 at 10:14:05 AM

al defending the inbounds play will totally depend on what you as the defender want to accomplish. I would recommed however that you place a person in the inbounders face as to not allow the inbounder to have a clear line of sight. Also force the inbounding team to take a difficult shot and not a lay up so unless the ball is on the sideline I would get away from that 3-2 and protect the lane. As for man to man I would recommend that you play man to man basketball anyway, if they do not know how to stop the ball what is the point of running a zone anyway?


Coach Bolden says:
9/1/2011 at 10:04:32 AM

Actually there is not a zone on the planet that can defend against the line below "Philly" inbounds play. I have used this inbounds play for the last 3 seasons and no one has manage to stop it yet not even using a man to man defense. Although we do run the play a quite a bit differently, and most of the time we get a layup out of the inbounds play. Also I run the play so that we have variations that we can use depending on what the defense does will dictate what we do offensively.


al hogan says:
8/30/2011 at 7:01:39 PM

I'm a beginner coach. If we are playing typically playing a 32 zone, how do we defend an inbounds play? Do you play man until ball inbounds?


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