Youth Basketball Plays and Schemes

Here are all the Youth Basketball Plays, Offenses, and Schemes from our database – Included are basic and advanced youth basketball plays such as Basic Zone Offenses, Overload Offense, 1-2-2 Motion Offense and Set Plays, 1-4 Flex Offense, Diamond Zone Offense, Quick Hitters, Basic Motion Offenses, Offense Related Options, the 2-1-2 zone offense, and many other youth basketball plays that will help your team succeed! Feel free to download and print out the handouts! Also Check out our new download publications Zone Offenses for Youth Basketball and Motion Offenses for Youth Basketball

If you are just starting out as a basketball coach, or just need a refresher on some youth basketball plays – you may want to check out these menu pages and / or handouts regarding the basics of Offense before moving on.

 Zone Offenses Information Page

Principles of Zone Offense – Handout

Motion Offenses Information Page

Principles of Motion Offense – Handout

 

1. *Basic Zone Offense for Youth Rec Teams – This is a very good “first” offense to for the younger players. A great offense that is easy to teach, and most of all one of the easiest youth basketball plays for the younger players to learn.

 Basic Zone Offense for Youth Rec Teams

 

2. *Basic Zone Offense for Middle School Teams – This is a very good zone offense for Middle School teams and JV teams. One of the very effective youth basketball plays that has a player running the baseline, and your post player moving high and low.

 Zone Offense / Basic (5-High) - Video Clip

Basic – Handout Zone Offense

Zone Offense / Basic (4-High)

 Here are options / coaching tips related to running a basic Zone Offense

Pass and Replace (Option 1 for Zone Offense)

Pass, Cut, and Replace (Option 2 for Zone Offense)

Switch Zone Offense Option

Good Opportunity to Drive on Offense

Zone Offense Tip / Freeze the Defender

 

3. *Basic Motion Offense for Middle School / High School Teams – This is possibly the most basic of the motion offenses. Very easy to learn, very effective when executed properly. Included below are video clips of both the animated and live versions of these youth basketball plays, and a handout.

 Regular Motion Offense - Animated

Motion Offense / Basic

Basic Motion Offense for Youth Basketball – Handout

 Here are options / coaching tips related to running a basic Motion Offense

 Motion Offense - Basic 1st Step 

Basic 1st Step in a Motion Offense / Option

Best Time to Drive in a Motion Offense

Best Scoring Option in a Motion Offense / Passing

 

4. *Overload Zone Offense – This is a very good zone offense to keep the players moving on the court. This offense gets your shooters open, and incorporates the High / Low game for your post players. One of the best “Zone” Youth Basketball Plays used today.

 Overload Zone Offense

 

5. *Diamond Zone Offense – This is a another very good zone offense for Middle School / JV teams. Very easy to teach and learn.

 Diamond Zone Offense

 

6. *2-1-2 Zone Offense (used mainly vs. a 1-3-1 defense) – This is the offense you want to use when your opponent runs a 1-3-1 defense against you. This offense can also be used to “spread” the floor (and waste a little time until a scoring opportunity comes along).

 2-1-2 Offense vs. a 1-3-1 Defense

 

7. *1-4 Flex Motion Offense for Middle School / High School Teams – This motion offense is best know for its baseline screens and cuts. There are many options that can be run out of this Flex Motion Offense set.

 1-4 Flex Offense

Here are some of the many options related to running the 1-4 Motion Offense

1-4 Flex Offense / Quick Hitter #1

Quick Hitter #2 / 1-4 Flex Offense

1-4 Flex Offense / Quick Hitter #3

 

8. *Pick and Roll (Motion Offenses) – The Pick and Roll game is one of the most effective ways to score vs. Man to Man defense. If you have the players that can properly execute and understand the pick and roll – you will be successful.

 Here are just a few of the many options of the pick and roll.

4 - Pick and Roll Play

Pick and Roll Play - 5

12 - Pick and Roll Play

Pick and Roll Play - 13

Pick and Roll Plays – Handout

 

9. *The 1-2-2 Motion Offense – The great thing about the 1-2-2 Motion Offense is that it incorporates the baseline cut / screen, give and go, high post, and a bunch of quick hitters. If you teach your players the numbering system that is associated with this offense – you will be successful.

1-2-2 Motion Offense

 Here are some easy to remember “quick hitters” out of the 1-2-2.

 #21 1-2-2 Motion Offense Set Play

1-2-2 Motion Offense Set Play #23

#25 1-2-2 Motion Offense Set Play

1-2-2 Motion Offense Set Play #31

#32 1-2-2 Motion Offense Set Play

1-2-2 Motion Offense Set Play #34

 

10. *45 Zone Offense (Screening the Zone) – The great thing about this zone offense is that it incorporates screening the zone, and the baseline cut / screen (creating lots of options and looks for your shooters). This offense if fairly difficult to learn, but once your players get it – you will be very successful vs. zone defenses.

 45 - Zone Offense

Screen the Zone Example

 

11. *Delay of Game Plays – Every coach should have some sort of Delay of Game – Youth Basketball Plays in their playbook. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to delay the game – just simply run your motion offense and tell your players not to shoot (only Lay-Ups). If your team has a lead, there is no reason to score quickly, delay the game, pick the easy scoring opportunities that come along.

Delay of Game Play (DOG)

4 - Corners / Quick Hitter Play

 

12. *Pop Zone Offense (A 3-Point shooters offense) – This is a zone offense that will get your 3-point shooters open looks. This offense if fairly easy to learn, but once your players get it – you will be very successful with getting open looks for your 3-point shooters.

Pop - A 3-Point Shooters Zone Offense

 

 Don’t forget – we are constantly adding new video clips, handouts, and information to the Youth Basketball Plays, Offenses, and Schemes database – so check back often.

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