General basketball plays tips

Teach your players what options to look for – In the basketball plays listed below, many of them have multiple scoring opportunities throughout the play. Make sure that you’re pointing out which scoring opportunities will most likely be open so that your players look for them.

Don’t give away your next action – Players shouldn’t start a play facing the exact direction they’re going to run to set a screen. By facing that way, the defenders already know what you’re going to do.

Start all of your basketball plays out of the same formation – Not compulsory, but some coaches might prefer this idea. By having plays that start in different formations, the opponents that you play frequently will learn which play you’re in by how your team sets up. If you start all plays in the same formation (a box, for example), then the defense won’t know what’s going to happen next.

Use a maximum of 3 – 4 plays for youth teams – This is why you must choose the basketball plays that you implement wisely. Any more than 3 – 4 plays and you’ll be using up too much valuable practice time. If you don’t have much practice time during the season, use less than 3 or 4. If your team doesn’t have any practice time at all, consider not using plays.

Save basketball plays for when you need them – I highly recommend memorizing a couple of extra plays and saving them for crucial moments of specific games. For example, it’s always good to have a quick-hitter three-point play up your sleeve for late in games when your team is down by 2.

Practice drawing up plays at practice – It’s a skill for players to be able to watch you diagram a play on a clipboard and then step onto the court and execute it. Consider taking a little time out of each practice to make sure your team can do this effectively.

Practice the basketball plays against live defense – I see many coaches get frustrated when their team can run the plays perfectly 5 on 0 at practice but then look like they’ve never even heard of the plays during games. You must practice against real defenders if you want the plays to be effective in real basketball situations.