Youth Basketball Play 9 is called “Wheel”. This is another simple offensive play that involves a lot of movement by the players.
The nice thing about this offensive play is that all five players stay involved and active. The constant motion by the offensive players forces the opponents to work harder on defense. Good screening and cutting creates many easy scoring opportunities as well!
Youth Basketball Play 9 can be used at any level of competition. This play can be modified to fit your players’ skill level and experience. As your players get comfortable with the basic movements, backdoor cuts can be added.
As always, you must first teach your players the fundamentals of basketball before you can implement an offense. Once your players can perform the offensive fundamentals properly, you can then incorporate those into your offensive strategy.
Check out our drills page for some great ideas on teaching your players the fundamentals of the game.
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Youth Basketball Play 9:
To help you understand the play, please follow the key below.
- 1 = Point Guard
- 2 = Wing
- 3 = Wing
- 4 = Post
- 5 = Post
- Black Dotted Arrow = Pass
- Black Straight Arrow = Player Movement
- The players will start in a 1-3-1 formation.
- 1 will pass to 2 or 3 (2 in this example).
- After passing to 2, 1 will set a screen away from the ball on 3’s defender.
- Once 2 has the ball, 5 should establish good low post position and look for a pass and scoring opportunity.
- If 5 does not get a pass from 2, they should move across the lane to the opposite low-post.
- As 5 moves across the lane, 4 should slide down to the ball-side low post position.
- 4 should look for a pass from 2 as they are moving down to the low post.
- As this is happening, 3 should be coming off of 1’s screen and then flashing to the free throw line looking for a pass from 2.
- If 3 gets a pass from 2, they should look for a jump shot or drive to the basket.
- If none of the above passes and scoring options are open, 3 should pop out to the top of the key and look for a pass from 2.
- 2 will pass the ball out to 3 to reset the play.
- 2 will pass to 3 who will then pass to 1.
- Players must remember to set up their defender with good fakes and v-cuts. They must come toward the pass to prevent steals by their defender.
- After passing to 1, 3 will set a screen on 2’s defender.
- 2 must set up their defender with a good fake and then run them directly into 3’s screen.
- 5 will establish good low post position and look for a pass from 1.
- If 5 does not get a pass from 1 in the low post, they should set a screen on 4’s defender.
- 4 should set up their defender with a good fake and then run them directly into 5’s screen.
- 1 will now have two passing/scoring options.
- 1 can pass to 4 coming off of 5’s screen.
- 1 can pass to 2 coming off of 3’s screen.
- If 1’s pass to 4 or 2 is not open, 2 will pop out to the top of the key to help reset the play.
- Once the ball is reversed from 1 to 2 to 3, you will be back at the starting point of the offense.
Youth Basketball Play 9 is a very simple offensive play – yet it can be so effective when executed properly.
The key to this offense, as well as any other offense, is being fundamentally sound. By drilling your players on the fundamentals first, you are setting them up for success.
For more coaching tips and advice, please visit our coaching youth basketball website. Best of luck!