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Guide to the Flex Offense Now Updated With 2 New Videos

We just updated our guide to running the flex offense to include two new videos to help you visualize the key motions.  The guide includes the five basic principles of the flex offense, along with a downloadable PDF to easily add to your own archives. To extend your implementation of the flex offense, we’ve also added a number of separate quick ...

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Flex Offense Alternative Entry Play & Quick Hitter: Double Stack for Baseline Three-pointer

The baseline out-of-bounds play outlined below provides a great entry into the Flex Offense to keep the defense off-balance. The “Double Stack” flex entry variation emphasizes a quick-hitter to your best shooter coming off a double screen on the baseline, with a secondary look to the post player flashing to the high-post. Initial setup in double stack at each low post. 1 ...

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Flex Offense Baseline Out-of-Bounds Play: Staggered Screen Entry into the Flex

The baseline out-of-bounds play outlined below provides a great entry into the Flex Offense from a dead-ball situation. The Flex entry variation provides several open looks to the initial cutters, while preventing opposing teams from effectively scouting your base offense. Setup in a stack formation, with your point guard on the far-side wing. 2 flashes to weak-side post, looking for the ball ...

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Sideline Out of Bounds Play: Matt Painter Purdue Three-Pointer Staggered Screen

This sideline out-of-bounds play by Purdue’s Matt Painter creates a wide open three-pointer off a double staggered screen for your best shooter. This play also flashes a secondary shooter to the opposite side, and establishes an isolation post-up for your big-person.   2 is your best outside shooter 5 is your low post player 3 down screens for 1 flashing to the top of ...

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Sideline Inbounds: Hubie Brown 10 Seconds or Less Inbounds Play For Three-Pointer

This sideline inbounds play from Hubie Brown provides multiple three-point options along with a backdoor lob. This is a well-design play for teams that are down by two with less than ten seconds left in the game. 2 sets a down screen for 3 to flash to top of the key for a three-pointer. 4 and 5 double screen for 2 cutting to ...

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Two Simple Drills to Create Consistent Triple Threat Behavior for Youth Basketball Players

Getting young players to consistently face the basket and position themselves in the triple threat position where they can pass, shoot, or dribble often presents a major challenge unto itself for youth basketball coaches. These two drills help create consistent behaviors for young players and should be staple practice components for any youth basketball coach. Triple Threat Drill Good drill for any 1st-8th...

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Zone Offense Quick Hitter: “1-3-1 Fist Down” – Izzo Michigan State

This zone quick hitter comes from Tom Izzo of Michigan State. “Fist-Down” creates tremendous decision-making pressure on the interior of the zone defense, putting them in a no-win situation regardless of who they cover. It comes from Izzo’s Basketball Smorgasboard of Drills and Basketball Wisdom DVD. The play uses a screen in the middle of the zone to free up a ...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: “3 Chop” High Post vs Man or Zone

This Read & React Quick Hitter works out of a 3-out 2-in set. It combines high-post action with the Read & React principles to create ball reversal opportunities that work well against either zone or man-to-man offenses The offense lines up in a 3-out, 2-in set with the post players playing in the ball-side high post and weak-side short corner. Versus Man-to-Man: Versus ...

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Kevin Boyle 4-on-3 Transition Warmup Drill & 4-on-4 Trailing Defender Transition Drill

Today we bring you two new transition drills to add energy, variety, and competitiveness to your upcoming practices. Kevin Boyle 4-on-3 Transition Warm-up Drill The first drill comes from Kevin Boyle, coach at St. Patrick’s High School in New Jersey. The drill works well as an early practice tempo-setter and warm-up, getting a lot of people involved early. Players line up in 5 ...

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Late Game Huskies Drill: Creative Ways to Practice End-of-Game Situations & Improve Your Team’s Basketball IQ

Have you ever been frustrated in the last ninety seconds of a game, down by four points, imploring your team to foul but not getting anyone to execute? We’ve all been there! How often do you practice end-of-game situations with your team? What drills, activities, or situations do you use to raise the collective intelligence of your players? The activity outlined below ...

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Triangle Zone Offense Overload Against Odd-Front 3-2 or 1-2-2 Zone Defense

Opposing coaches run odd front zones (3-2 or 1-2-2) to place tremendous pressure on your ballhandlers, typically extending the zone far outside the three-point line. The triangle zone offense outlined below overloads vulnerable areas of the odd-front defense–the high post and the baseline wings–to create shooting opportunities for your offense.  The play calls for the 5 and 4 to work in ...

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Zone Offense Quick Hitter: “1-3-1 Arm Chop” – Izzo Michigan State

This zone quick hitter comes from Tom Izzo of Michigan State. “Arm Chop” presents a fairly straightforward set of actions that work well on the youth basketball level, as well as high school and college. It comes from Izzo’s Basketball Smorgasboard of Drills and Basketball Wisdom DVD. The play uses a screener at the top of the key to create gaps ...

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“Diamond” Side Out-of-Bounds Play from Bob Hurley

You can run this out-of-bounds play from either the sideline or baseline. The team aligns in a diamond formation with your best scorer at the top. The ball-side wing screens for 2, then receives a back-screen and rolls to the basket. If the defense stops this initial action, the inbounder passes to 4, receives an immediate handoff, and then has multiple ...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: “Magic” Post Screen & Backscreen

This Read & React quick hitter applies multiple Read & React principles to create low post and perimeter back-screen scoring opportunities for your team. The point-guard initiates the play with a speed dribble at the 3 person on the wing, sending the wing on a basket cut to screen for the post. Following this screen, the 3 person back-screens their way ...