The key to effective basketball plays for beginners is keeping it simple. The following plays use a box formation, a good beginning formation that provides opportunities for outside shots and post shot plays and allows some flexibility for various scenarios.
This quick hitting play works well when facing intense man-to-man defense.
- To start this box formation play, # 1 is at mid-court with the ball, and # 2-5 are positioned in a box in the free throw lane, with # 4 and # 5 at the free throw line and # 2 and # 3 closer to the basket.
- The play begins with # 2 and # 3 rushing to the wings.
- # 1 passes to # 5, and # 3 cuts backdoor for a layup.
This box formation play begins with the same positioning as the previous play, except that this time # 2 is at the right side of the free throw line and # 3 is at the left side of the free throw line. # 4 is closer to the basket on the left and # 5 is closer to the basket on the right.
- The play starts with # 1 calling out "blue," and # 2 and # 3 using a jab step or v-cut to go toward the middle and then rush to the extended free throw line. # 1 passes to either # 2 or # 3, who is more open (make sure to switch up who receives the ball as this play is repeated).
- If the ball goes to the # 2, then # 4 (the offensive player on the opposite side of the original box formation) rushes to the free throw line. # 5 posts for two counts and, if he has not received the ball yet, v-cuts to the middle and then toward the corner on the same side.
- # 2 then passes to # 5 and breaks for the basket, looking for a pass back. # 4, positioned at the free throw line, if not open will roll down the lane and then continue to the other side.
- If no one is open, # 1 will move to where # 2 was (at the right side wing) and get the ball back from # 5. # 3 will move to where # 1 was, at the top of the key.
- Once # 1 has the ball, # 5 will rush toward the basket and look for the return pass. # 1 will pass back to # 3 as # 2 moves around toward the elbow and positions for a possible jump shot.
- # 4 will post a block for two counts and then break to the corner. If # 2 is not open, # 3 should look for # 4. # 5 should flash to the middle and wait for an open shot or the rebound if # 2 is able to shoot. Players should remember to clear the key by moving to the free throw line if they are not able to get the shot.