10 Best Basketball Plays For Young Players

Want to know the 10 best basketball plays for young players that will help improve any team? Basketball is a game of fundamentals. In order to bring the best out of your team, they need to master the basics.

  1. Give and Go This play is basketball 101. The ball handler simply hands the ball to his teammate and makes a quick move toward the basket. The ball is then passed back to the original ball handler for the easy bucket.
  2. Pick and Roll This play helps teach the fundamentals of setting picks or screens. A pick is set for the ball handler and after the ball handler uses the pick, the screen setter “rolls” to the basket for the quick score.
  3. Pick and Pop This play is a variation of the pick and roll but differs in one major way. Instead of the screen setter streaking to the basket, he moves to an open spot on the court and “pops” an easy jump shot.
  4. Isolation Play The isolation play is another key play for young players. Simply clear out space on the court and allow your best player to go one-on-one.
  5. Backdoor Cut This play can be used cleverly to score quick points. A player simply acts as if he is going to make a move away from the basket but instead quickly cuts back to the basket for the easy score.
  6. Full Court Press This is a must-have in every coach's arsenal. Your players simply defend the ball handler(s) the entire length of the court.
  7. Trap This is an effective play where the ball handler is double teamed in the back court. This usually disrupts a team’s offense.
  8. Press Breaker This play is another must-have in every young team’s arsenal. With the press break a second ball handler positions himself to receive the ball when the initial ball handler is pressured. At the same time there is a player close to half court that the ball can be thrown to in order to “break” the press completely.
  9. Two-Three Zone This is the standard zone defense all young teams must know. In two-three zone the guards protect the space above the foul line while the center and forwards protect the paint.
  10. Three-Two Zone This play is the inverse of the two-three. In the three-two, three players protect to perimeter of the court while the team’s center and power forward protect the inside of the paint.

If you use these plays the right way, your young team will be sure to see quick improvement!

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