Ball screen basketball plays are pretty common and pretty much every team is going to have a couple of ball screen plays in the play book. They can be really good offensive sets if run the right way. The reason why is because it forces the defense to communicate and negotiate the ball screen action, and if they don’t do a great job of it than there will be a breakdown somewhere.
Good ball screen offense usually works best if you are able to run some kind of action before it and get the other teams big man trailing the play. This makes it hard for him to do his defensive responsibility on the ball screen.
All of our basketball plays come with a video clip of the actual play and also written text breaking down the play as well. This way you will be able to watch the play and then also read the emphasis points for the play, and hopefully this will help your team execute the play better.
Most ball screen plays in themselves are not very complicated, but it is how well they are executed that makes them effective. Here are a few things that you as a basketball coach are going to need to emphasize to your players when running a ball screen action.
There are two parts to a ball screen, and both are equally important. The player setting the screen is the first part of the equation, and they need to be able to take a good angle on the ball screen and then make legal contact with the ball handlers defender. After the screen they need to read the defense and then either space, roll, or set another screen.
The other part of the ball screen is the ball handler, and they are equally responsible for how well the screening action works. In order for the ball screen to work the ball handler needs to set his defender up, come off the screen shoulder to shoulder, and then make the right read. The defense could guard the screen several different ways, and it is up to the ball handler to make the right read, and then exploit the defense. Checkout our basketball drills section for some great ball screen drills to practice the different screening situations.
Away from the ball screen action the rest of the offensive players need to be a threat to score.So whether it is an off ball screen, a hard cut, or simply spacing the floor ready to shoot, they need to be a threat to score.
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This flare play is going to be run on the weak side of the floor while a ball screen action is also being run on the other side of the floor.
This triple screen play is designed to get a shooter an open catch and shoot shot, or to hit a rolling big man if their defender over helps.
This ball screen play is going to start out with a down screen play to help get an advantage on the ball screen for the ball handler.
This loop side ball screen play is going involve a basic action, but it is also going to give a lot of counter options if the defense is cheating.
Like most basketball plays this ball screen play is going to require your players to set good screens for each other, and also good timing on the execution.
This transition handoff ball screen play is going to help the offense get into a quick set before the defense can get fully set.
This baseline double play is going to be set up by a high ball screen action at the top of the key.
This handoff ball screen play is basically a double ball screen play, but it is used to get the shooter the ball when they are being denied.
This ball screen play is going to start out with a handoff to the shooter, and then the handoff man is going to turn around and rescreen them.
This high low play is going to start out with a side ball screen, and then take advantage of the defense extending out.
This is a really good transition basketball play because there are multiple options for the ball handler to choose from and also you eliminate all of the help defense.
A good ball screen basketball play creates a two man game while taking away the weak side help by running some kind of weak side action.
This side ball screen play is going to be run immediately following a down screen/angle screen, and it will hopefully get the post defender out of position.
This Golden State Warriors player is going to involve a double handoff action right into a ball screen play on the wing.
This ball screen play is going to be set up by a pin down screen, and the idea is to get the defender out of position for the ball screen action.
This double screen play is going to also involve a ball screen on the opposite side of the floor as well. It will help to create space for the offense.
This basketball play is going to be a simple high ball screen action, but it is up to the man with the ball to read the defense.
This double screen play is going to be used to get one of your better shooter a shot, by removing the help defense.
This cross screen down screen play is going to start with a ball screen and then get right into the action.
For this basketball ball screen play the defense is going to have to navigate 3 consecutive ball screen actions.
This high post entry backdoor play is going to take advantage of a wing defender that is playing too aggressive.
This handoff ball screen backdoor play is going to take advantage of the defender trying to anticipate and cheat the handoff action.
This handoff ball screen play is going to act like a double ball screen for the player coming off the screens.
This is a great transition ball screens basketball play if you have a player with a hot hand or that is just a really great scorer. It allows them to get a quality look at the basket without having to run much offense.
The Houston Rockets ball screen handoff play is a pretty simple play, but it works really well if you run it the right way.
This Louisville double high ball screen play is going to be set up with a couple back cuts and pro cuts to get the defense shifting and out of position.
This is a good basketball ball screen play to run with a quick guard that can get into the paint and create for themselves, or for a teammate.
This type of ball screen play can be run against multiple types of ball screen defenses, but works best against a team that hedges ball screens.
The idea behind this side ball screen basketball play is to continually keep setting side ball screens until the defense eventually breaks down.
This pin down ball screen and high low basketball play is going to have several actions going at the same time and it is up to the offense to read how the defense is guarding, and then make the right read.
The goal of this ball screen basketball play is to put the defense at a disadvantage and open up the lane for a drive and finish or a drive and kick.
This is a really good basketball play because you have multiple actions going on at the same time and there is no defenders that can sit in the paint and help out on the ball screen action.
This basketball play has a ball screen on one side of the floor directly into another ball screen on the other side of the floor.
This is not an advanced basketball play but it works for two reasons; it is done in transition before the defense can get set and the offense maintains good floor spacing.
This ball screen lob play is going to take advantage of a post defender over showing on the help ball screen action.
This lob play is going to be set up by the double screen at the top of the key. This is all just a distraction though.
This Pitt Panthers basketball play is going to use several different screening options to get a great shot for the offense.
This is a great basketball play because it involves multiple players in the actions, and if the timing is right it will be very hard to defend.
The goal of this pin down play is to get the defensive big man trailing the play from the ball screen that they are out of position on the pin down screen.
For this ball screens slip play the first ball screen man is going to slip the screen and the second is going to set finish the screen.
This high ball screen play is going to focus on the roll replace offensive action and try to get a finish at the basket.
This basketball screen play is going to have multiple screening actions in a row so that the defense has more potential for breaking down.
This transition ball screen play is going to allow your offense to get up the floor and into the offense quickly before the defense is set.
This transition ball screen play is going to allow your offense to get up the floor and get right into the offense for a quality shot.
This side ball screen play is run by the Providence Friars and is going to make the defense have to negotiate a wing ball screen action.
The 1-4 flat ball screen play is great for point guards that can attack for themselves or to set up a teammate for a shot.
This cross screen in a ball screen play is designed to set a screen on the defensive big man to make them late in showing on the ball screen action.
This high ball screen play is designed to help the ball handler get an angle to drive, and then play out of their ability to penetrate and create.
The deeper that the post man catches the ball in this post up play the better chance he/she will have to score the basketball.
This double screen play is going to line up with a ball screen action. Which will hopefully put the defense in a bad situation.
A transition drag screen basketball play is a great way to get quick penetration, or a kick out for an open shot or re-drive.
This side ball screen play is going to take advantage of the defense hedging out on the ball screen action and end up with a lay up for the roll man.
The horns set ball screen play is going to allow the ball handler to choose which ball screen that they want to use.
This side ball screen play is going to be set towards the baseline instead of to the middle, and it requires the ball handler to be aggressive.
This transition ball screen play is going to be good for getting a quality shot for the ball handler, but only works if everyone is sprinting the floor.
For this ball screen play to work both the post player and the ball handler need to work together and read the defense.
This post up play is designed to use a ball screen to open up the deep post catch and finish for the big man.
This Vanderbilt side ball screen slip play is going to make the defense pay for showing early on the side ball screen action.
The point of this ball screen basketball play is to get the defense to over help on the ball screen which will leave the replace man open for a shot.
This Villanova Wildcats side ball screen play is going to incorporate some different screening and cutting actions before running the screen.
This flat ball screen play is going to allow the ball handler to come off a ball screen and create for themselves of for a teammate.
This side ball screen play is going to create a two man game on one side of the floor while the other 3 players space the floor.
This play is going to involve two ball screen plays back to back, and also a pin down action as well.
This basketball play is a read and react ball screen play, and it is up to the offensive players to read the defense and then make the right play.
This transition ball screen play is going to use a ball screen to get the ball into the paint for a finish or to set up a teammate.
This ball screen play is going to make the defensive big man navigate several screens and then bring him out to defend a ball screen action.
This flat ball screen play is going to let the ball handler decide how to use the screen, and then make a read to attack for a shot or set up a teammate.
If run the right way this basketball post up play can be very effective. The big man that is going to slip on the ball screen will be able to come of the double back screen and seal for really good post position.
This Wisconsin Green Bay basketball play is going to involve a ball screen and then a roll and replace action to try and put the defense at a disadvantage.
For this ball screen play to work the ball handler needs to be aggressive off of the screening action and the other players need to keep spaced.
This is a pretty simple basketball play but it only works if you have proper spacing and if the ball screen makes the defense react.
The side ball screen basketball play is great for making the defense have to communicate and potentially breakdown. Must set a good screen for play to work.
This transition ball screen basketball play will help your offense get up the floor quickly and get some easy baskets. The key is having every player sprint