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Coaching High School Basketball, An easy offense to run.

Updated on March 6, 2012
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The Flex, A Man to Man Offense.

The flex offense is a very basic, teachable offense that can be used at just about any level. Now I hever not seen elementary teams using it, but with the right kids it could be possible. The flex is very affective against a man to man defense. It utilizes all five players and allows plenty of opportunities for all players. If you have a small team or are very guard oriented then this is the offense for you. It is also excellent if you have some big men that can handle the ball.

Step by Step, How to run it.

This is the flex offense. One very important thing to remember is spacing. It is vital to the success of this offense that all the players try to spread the floor. It is also important that players wait on their screens and that players run the guarding them into the screen. I have placed below the step by step process of how to run this offense.

This is how this offense is set up.  You have your point up top bring the ball up, guards in the corners, and bigs on each of the blocks.  Remember to stress to your players their spacing and waiting on their screens.
This is how this offense is set up. You have your point up top bring the ball up, guards in the corners, and bigs on each of the blocks. Remember to stress to your players their spacing and waiting on their screens.
The first thing that happens is 1(point guard) is going to choose a side.  In this diagram the 1 is going to the left side.  When he dribbles left, the opposite side 5 (center) explodes up.
The first thing that happens is 1(point guard) is going to choose a side. In this diagram the 1 is going to the left side. When he dribbles left, the opposite side 5 (center) explodes up.
1 passes the ball to 5.  While the ball is being reversed, 4 (power forward) sets a screen for 2 (shooting guard).  If 2 comes across open (option 1) 5 passes to 2 for a layup.  If 2 is not open, he goes on across to the block.
1 passes the ball to 5. While the ball is being reversed, 4 (power forward) sets a screen for 2 (shooting guard). If 2 comes across open (option 1) 5 passes to 2 for a layup. If 2 is not open, he goes on across to the block.
If 2 is not open, 1 sets a down screen for 4.  This is the second option in this offense.  If the guy guarding 4 trails him, he can curl for a jump shot.  If the screen is set good, he will be open for a jump shot around the foul line.
If 2 is not open, 1 sets a down screen for 4. This is the second option in this offense. If the guy guarding 4 trails him, he can curl for a jump shot. If the screen is set good, he will be open for a jump shot around the foul line.
After 1 sets the down screen he pops out to the corner.  5 passes the ball to 4.  While the ball is being reversed, 2 screens for 3 (small forward).  This is the next scoring option.  If open 4 passes to 3 for a layup.
After 1 sets the down screen he pops out to the corner. 5 passes the ball to 4. While the ball is being reversed, 2 screens for 3 (small forward). This is the next scoring option. If open 4 passes to 3 for a layup.

The offense then continues to run doing the same thing over and over again. Now I bet you are wondering, what do we do if the guy coming up to the top can't get open? Well, I'm going to show you. The pictures below are set up to show you what to do each time the guy coming up is not open. Hope this helps.

1 takes it to the left, 4 comes up trying to get the ball.  The defense is ready and he can't get open.  4 then goes to the corner and sets a down screen for 3.  3 then comes up to get the ball and 4 rotates to the corner.
1 takes it to the left, 4 comes up trying to get the ball. The defense is ready and he can't get open. 4 then goes to the corner and sets a down screen for 3. 3 then comes up to get the ball and 4 rotates to the corner.
1 then passes the ball to 3.  While the ball is being reversed 5 screens for 2.  2 then comes across and 3 hits them for a layup.  If he is not open, then you just continue with the offense as shown earlier.
1 then passes the ball to 3. While the ball is being reversed 5 screens for 2. 2 then comes across and 3 hits them for a layup. If he is not open, then you just continue with the offense as shown earlier.

Pros and Cons of the Offense.

Cons

  • very basic offense
  • discplined team will be able to stop most options
  • a player that cannot handle the ball can be exposed
  • players most explode off of screens to get open

Pros

  • players at most levels should be able to pick this up very quickly
  • if you don't have size on your team this offense can help you score inside
  • this is a continuing offense that doesn't end
  • all five players are interchangeable and can start at any position


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