6 Baseline Out Of Bounds Plays From The Box Set

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When you run plays, you will find that running different plays out of the same set can confuse the defense, simplify things for your players, and make it easier for them to remember the plays.

The first three baseline out of bounds plays (BLOBs) out of the box set are very basic. The final three plays have been used at the professional level and even as low as the middle school level.

BLOB Box Set 1 - Cross

5 sets a cross screen for 4.

3 sets a cross screen for 1.

After the screens are set, 3 & 5 fill open spots on the floor. Many times, the person who sets the screen ends up being the player that is open.

BLOB Box Set 2 - Up

5 sets an upscreen for 3. 4 sets an upscreen for 1.

After the screens are set, 5 & 4 cut to an open spot on the court.

BLOB Box Set 3 - Diagonal

4 sets a screen for 3.
As soon as 3 cuts off of the screen, 5 sets a diagonal screen for 1.

After the 5 sets the screen, 5 looks to dive down the middle of the lane.

BLOB Box Set 4 - Up Screener

5 sets an up screen for 3. If the screen is defended, 3 clears to the corner.
As soon as 5 sets the screen, 4 sets a screen for 5. 5 cuts to the basket.

After the screen is set, 4 dives to the ball side block.

1 cuts to the ball side as a safety outlet.

Execution Tip: This play can be very effective and give you lay ups, if you run it right. When practicing, I tell player 4 on the block, to look and see who is guarding the other block. That is the player they need to screen (head hunt). They should look every time before the play starts. In the heat of the game, players tend to screen air. Emphasizing a good screen on the right person makes this play work consistently."

BLOB Box Set 5 - Diagonal Screener

After you run the previous play a few times, this is a great counter to keep the defense honest.

4 sets a screen for 3. If 3 is not open, they clear to the corner.
5 sets a screen for 4. 4 cuts to the ballside block. 5 cuts to the weakside block after the screen.

1 cuts to the ballside as an outlet.

BLOB Box Set 6 - Fake Diagonal

This play is a great variation to add to the previous two plays.

4 fakes a diagonal screen. 3 fakes the cut off of the diagonal screen.

4 rolls back to the basket.

5 sets a screen for 3 for a mid-range jump shot.

Tips For Running Out of Bounds Plays

This is a great way to score more points on your out of bounds plays by keeping the defense guessing.

Come up with a letter or number for each out of bounds play you will run. Here is an example below:

1 or A = Cross
2 or B = Up Screener
3 or C = Diagonal Screener

The players rotate the plays in order. If needed, the inbounder can call out the play. But even if the inbounder does not call out the play, everyone should know what play they are running.

Once you get this down, you could even have your inbounder give hand signals that mean absolutely nothing. Just something to throw off your opponents.

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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charlie says:
3/26/2017 at 10:40:32 PM

Can these same box plays be used on the sideline out of bounds situations?

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Jeff says:
3/27/2017 at 8:32:30 AM

Never tried them from the sideline. We generally use the traditional stack play or this in special situations:


charlie says:
3/12/2017 at 4:23:26 PM


We use most of these box plays already and each one gets us automatically into our base offense that is at least acceptable against both zone and man coverages since we attack immediately after getting the ball in play if there is not a layup opportunity off the inbound pass.


charlie says:
3/12/2017 at 4:18:36 PM

We already used most of your box plays, but will add the diagonal and the fake diagonal next season.


Diane Crawford says:
4/29/2016 at 10:27:03 AM

I like these blob''''s. Being new to the coaching scene, could these blob''''s plays be ran against a zone and man defense?


Jeff Haefner says:
3/6/2012 at 8:24:15 AM

John - On set #4, player 4 is screening the person guarding #5. That's why in the "execution tip" above, we suggest that player 4 looks to see who is guarding 5 before the play starts. That is the key versus M2M.


John Smith says:
2/18/2012 at 8:01:06 PM

In the execution tip on set-4 it looks as though player 4 will be screening their center and not the player on the opposite block... am I seeing this correctly or can you clarify with an illustration maybe. I really am interested in trying new BLOB plays for my 5th and 6th graders. Thank you.


Ken says:
2/14/2012 at 2:44:31 PM

I would think that the first 4 would be simple enough for youth players. Older kids can run any of these.


Mike says:
2/14/2012 at 1:20:24 PM

We have six plays and don't call them out. Whistle blows and the players look at the clock. The tens place of the seconds is the play. In other words, if the clock says 3:45, we're running play 4. It takes some practice to get them used to it, but it's an easy way to run them without calling anything out.


Coach Al says:
2/14/2012 at 1:02:24 PM

Set #4 is for any age. I have used it in 4th, 5th and 6th for 10 years. Trick I use, I use any number, any letter, or any state for the name to keep the defense on their toes, Different call out, but run the same play every time.


Chris Bown says:
2/14/2012 at 12:58:26 PM

Good Morning
Can you tell me what age these plays are designed for?


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