Purpose:

To practice a strategic play aimed at getting your best shooter open for a quick three-point shot. This play incorporates motion concepts and involves multiple players to create open shot opportunities.

Setup:

Players position themselves as follows: Player 1 at the point, Player 2 on one wing, Player 3 on the opposite wing, Player 4 at the elbow, and Player 5 near the free-throw line.

Execution:

  1. Player 5 steps up to set a backscreen for Player 3, who cuts backdoor towards the basket.
  2. Player 5 then pops out to the wing to receive a pass from Player 1.
  3. Concurrently, Player 2 sets a screen for Player 4, who curls around to join Player 1 and set a double screen at the free-throw line.
  4. Player 3, after going backdoor, sets a cross screen on the left block for Player 2, who cuts backdoor and then moves to the right block.
  5. Following the cross screen, Player 3 utilizes the double screen from Player 4 and Player 1, curling up to the top of the arc.
  6. Player 5 assesses the court and decides to pass to either Player 2 on the block or Player 3 at the top of the arc for an open three-point shot.

Coaching Tips:

  • Focus on precise timing and coordination of screens and cuts.
  • Ensure clear communication among players to execute the screens and passes effectively.
  • Emphasize quick decision-making, especially for Player 5, in choosing between the two passing options.

Tips for Younger Athletes:

  • Teach the fundamentals of setting effective screens and the importance of movement without the ball.
  • Encourage players to focus on the basics of passing and catching in motion.
  • Simplify the play if necessary, focusing on one or two key components at a time.

Tips for Older Athletes:

  • Work on refining the speed and timing of the play.
  • Practice advanced passing techniques, like no-look or behind-the-back passes, to add unpredictability.
  • Encourage players to read the defense and make real-time decisions based on the defenders’ positions and reactions.