Basketball Play: Rolling

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This basketball play is really simple, yet effective set play that gives you lots of options near the basket, or an open jump shot. This play is great in late game situations to get an easy bucket, or you can use it as a set in your half-court offense.


Player 1 should be a good ball handler and passer. Player 2 should be your best shooter. Player 5 should be good at jumping, catching, and finishing near the basket. Player 3 is your screener and rebounder. Player 4 should be a good post player.


  1. Players 4 and 5 should step out from the high post and position themselves near the three-point arc so the 1 can dribble off their ball screens.
  2. Player 1 should dribble off Player 5. As Player 1 rubs off the screen, Player 2 should be spotting up in the corner and Player 4 rolls to the basket.
  • Player 1 can drive all the way to the basket, pass to Player 2 in the corner, or hit Player 4 rolling to the basket.

  1. If a quick shot was not taken, Player 3 should then back screen for Player 5.
  2. Player 1 should look for the lob pass to 5.
  • You also have the option to enter the ball into 4 in the post. Then hit player 5 from the post, instead of throwing the lob.
  • Depending on the shot taken, be sure that Player 3, 4, and/or 5 are ready for the rebound. One of them should be in good position for a second shot.

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Spencb says:
12/11/2012 at 2:29:28 AM

love the web site. ima a first time coach never played regulation ball but love the game. these plays are simple enough for me to understand and effective enough to give my kid the tools they need to have a chance of winning. this whole site has coached me through coaching. thank you for the time you guys have put into it


Christos P. says:
7/2/2012 at 3:08:50 AM

The play is good and simple. You have four options at least to get a shot or play at the low post but there is a drawback. The one side is overloaded, the defense is gathered even rotated and the other side -the weak side- is empty. So, a screen from the Player#1 to Player#2 in order to change side and get a shot after a rebound would be an alternative and more flexible choice I would say.


Michiel B says:
9/23/2011 at 2:56:05 AM

I tryed this play last night, but i noticed player #3 mostly is standing still(waiting for rebound or to set back screen) Schouldn''t be more dynamic?


Larry says:
4/6/2011 at 1:17:21 PM

Couldn''''t you make this a reseting offensive play if you add to it. Run the 2 off of a staggered double screen from the four and five? the 2 would be a look for a catch and shoot either baseline or fouline extended, depending on the defense. If it is not there you are back in your original set except 3 is now the 1 and 1 is now the the 3. Just run the play in the other direction.

I have found if you can have a complete set that goes back to the same starting point, you can run your offense longer and find the easly look, because teams don''''t play sound defense that long.


basketball freak says:
3/9/2011 at 4:54:12 PM

this is a good play i look forward to running it my basketball teams tourment in a couple weeks.


babyface says:
1/31/2011 at 6:31:47 PM

kewl beanz man dis iz a nice play


coach black says:
12/3/2009 at 4:36:58 PM

sounds like anice simple play hope my team can get it


bhagwan says:
2/12/2009 at 1:48:43 AM

WooooooooooooooWWWWWW awe some...


Broughsef says:
2/1/2009 at 7:58:47 PM

this play is the sheezy it f in tight it always work no matter the defense


Coach B says:
1/25/2009 at 8:22:52 PM

I coach 7&8 yr old girls and I will try this play


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