basketball offense drills

In the beautiful sports of bball, hardly would you find any action that’s more fascinating than a well planned and executed basketball offense drills by your team.   The way the players moves the ball around quickly, with a focus looking for space to shoot and constantly screening opposition players is nothing short of beautiful.

Just like the famous saying, “nothing good comes easy.” Therefore, coming up with a brilliant tactic as described above requires diligence, practice, and determination on both the part of the coach and players.

To be able to put together a team that can execute this offense tactic successfully, there’s a level of hard work that needs to be put in place.

 Dedicating time to practicing offense drills that will improve the overall quality of your team.

 So, in this article, I’ll take you by the hand and walk you the various types of offense drills you can practice with your team. At the end of the post, you will have all you need to implement the various basketball offense drills with your team immediately. So shall we?

First off, it is essential to note that offense aims to leverage on teamwork in order to free up or isolate players to take a good shot against a crowded defense. Emphasis should be placed on simplicity, execution, and basketball basics such as positioning (which aids rebounding and defensive balance) and ball handling. Offenses need to be flexible so as to contain defensive pressure put up by the opponent.  There should also be a counter option put in place to escape any defensive traps and overplay set up by the opposition.

Types of basketball offense drills and tactics

In this section I will be discussing three primary offense tactics you’ll find in almost every team and these tactics are;

1. Early Offenses

2. Set offenses

3. Motion offenses

Early offenses

This offense is characterized by a series of quick inbound passes, wide lane releases and pass advance that gets the ball quickly to the offensive area before the opposition defenders get to retreat. The advantage of this tactics is that it allows you to catch the defenders off guard. At this point, the defenders are most likely spread out making room for several opportunities to take the shot. This type of offense tactics forces opposition defense to react rather than act.

The early offense tactic is broken down into three major phases which includes

Early push

Early Offense


Veteran basketball coaches have all agreed that the most challenging teams to defend against are teams that get the ball quickly into offenses areas within 2-3 seconds. They can catch their defenses unaware and out of position. So if you are looking to create a formidable and feared team, then you should be looking in the direction of the early offense drill.

Set offense

As against the usual high tempo offense described earlier, set play on the other can be described as quicker hitters adopted by a team to score quick points during a game. It is said to be an offense technique often used to distract and destabilize opposition defense.

Set play is usually a backup plan devised by teams at times when they desperately need a fortune change during a game. As beautiful as this is, it is important to note that set play shouldn’t be your major offense plan. It is only there to add a twist to your offense and destabilize opposition defense.

As a coach before choosing a set play tactic for your team, there are quite a number of factors to consider in your choice, which includes

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basketball offense drills

Your current offense tactic:

It is important to consider your current offense set before choosing a set paly. Choosing a set play that’s doesn’t suit your current play would only disorganize your team. If you are currently running a box set formation, it is vital that you choose a set play that uses the same box set formation. These way defenses don’t get the slightest clue that something is changed.

Your players: It is also essential to build your set play around a phenomena player in your team. If there is an outstanding post player in your team that’s good with scoring inside, it’s a good idea to choose players whose style of play suits him in order to get the best out of his skills.

Your philosophies and preferences as a coach: This also goes a long way in determining the sort of set play that you choose. Are you the conservative type who loves to cool the tempo and take charge or loves to run at the opposition? It all boils down to the kind of person you are and your philosophies.

Set plays can be a significant game-changer depending on how well you deploy it and how well your team has mastered your tactic.

 Motion offense

This is arguably one of the most used and taught type of offense in the world of basketball. Unlike the previously described offense types motion offense does not have a particular pattern because it gives players the freedom to read opposition defenses and make decisions on their own.

This type of offense strategy runs on rules and principles instead of a static game pattern. It requires lots of screening, passing, cutting, and spacing to execute.

Although this offenses technique requires the coach giving up offense control to the players it has several benefits some of which includes

Aids long term growth and development of players

Brings all players into play as they all contribute their quota to the offense

It is tough to defend against a well-executed motion offense

To run successful motion offenses, there are 7 essential keys you and your team should follow, and they are

Hard cuts:

This particular key cannot be overlooked because when you have a player in your team that cuts hard and calls for the ball often, it keeps his teammate on their toes and always ready to provide help which opens up your opposition for a quick shot or catch and drive.

Strong Screens:

A strong screen technique usually puts an offensive player at an advantage position. Its allows him to open to receive passes, gives him an open route to shoot and also allows teammates to set them up and vice versa.

Quick passing:

In order to outsmart your opposition, your team needs to be quick with passing the ball around while this does not only push your opposition out of position it also helps you to free up your point man and set him up for a shot.

Smart spacing:

As much as it is great to move the ball around quickly if your players are poor with spacing and position, then all the quick passing will be a waste. Effective spacing techniques requires your players to stay in a position whereby it is almost impossible for a defender to provide help without giving up space for another of your player to take an open shot.

Purposeful Dribbling:

Unnecessary dribbling might be insignificant when trying to run other types of tactics, but in executing a motion offense, meaningless dribbling would only hamper your chances of success. The ball needs to be moved quickly around so attempting unnecessary dribbles will only diminish the effect of screens, passing and cuts.

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Position-less players:

Training all your players to fit in into any position is crucial to the success of your motion defense. Asides from it being the best thing you can do for your players, it also makes selection less difficult to make.

Constant movement: 

When put together, all the above-listed keys, which include hard cut, strong screen, quick passing, and smart spacing, the result should be that your players are always on the move. It makes it very difficult for defenses to track and resist them.

I believe I have done justice to the topic; basketball offense drills. what’s left is for you to get down to work and get your team to the court and start practicing. Remember, “nothing good comes easy.”