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Creating an Offensive Play Call System (Part 1)

One question I am frequently asked, “How do I come up with the play calls that I use for my plays?”. Until now, I have never taken the time to explain why I name certain actions the way I do. This was until I watched Stan Van Gundy’s lecture at the 2013 Coaching U Live and I became inspired to break it all down for you. However, before I dive into the names of particular actions to signal play calls, let’s discuss many of the most commonly run schemes in basketball.

Flex Action

Flex is probably the most known and run offenses in all of basketball. Why? Because it is extremely effective if not guarded correctly. Furthermore, it is a repetitive offense that if you can lull the defense to sleep, will result in lay-ups. Flex actions are designated by running a backscreen/downscreen action. If you want to be creative you can move your wings higher and set traditional backscreens to give more space/time to get open at the rim.


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Elbow Flex | Duck-In

Seeing as Coaching U Live released two site dates today it’s only fair I share another one of my favorite plays from the 2011 Coaching U Live in Orlando. This play is another favorite from Brendan Suhr.

V duck in

Vanderbilt Commodores BLOB Flex Action

Kevin Stallings’ Commodores ran this BLOB action during their Super Tuesday match-up with the Florida Gators this week. Vanderbilt’s 4-man did and excellent job finding X3 and setting a great screen to free up 3 for an open lay-up.


Florida Gators Elbow Cross

University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan ran this multiple screening action into a pin-down for Chandler Parsons a few years ago. If 3 (Parsons) is open on the initial flex cut in Frame 1 that is obviously your number 1 options. However, if 3 is not open, continue the action to get the ball back to 3 in a backscreen-downscreen action.


New York Knicks Flex Double

This action is from the New York Knicks when Mike D’Antoni was their head coach. This play incorporates three excellent scoring options and is great for all levels.


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