Because your team may have upwards of a dozen baseline out of bounds opportunities during a game, developing a cadre of BOBs to present quality scoring chances is worth considerable. You have the luxury of choosing sets and positioning players in roles in which they can succeed.
Many coaches prefer to run plays from the same set to disguise the intention of their plays. Although we have traditionally run our Baseline Out of Bounds from a ‘box’ set, I am putting in fresh plays this summer, stimulating the players and reinforcing concepts. Our young players need constant repetition about the importance of helping each other get open with cutting and screening.
I call this set triangle block, with a weak side shooting guard, point guard/safety, and post players in a stack on the ballside block. This establishes adequate spacing, clears the weak side, and sets up obvious screening opportunities, including against the 2-3 zone.
- The initial choice (diagrammed) is the double screen for the ’2′ guard. This is the best look against the 2-3 zone.
- Our second choice would be the ’2′ screening for the 1 for a basket cut, with the 4 popping out to the short corner as a safety.
- The option choice off of that is the ’2′ slipping the screen for a basket cut.
- Another potential option is the longer pass to the ’1′, with the ’2′ screening for the inbounder. That sets up a one-on-one option for the three, or a possible post entry for the ’5′ cutting to the block.
Ron Sen is an assistant coach in a middle school girls basketball program and a primary and specialty care physician. Follow Ron Sen on Twitter!
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