2 Simple OOB Under for All Occasion

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The object of offense is to score. Every possession. Out-of-bounds plays present opportunities to score. To many times, we use O-O-Bs as an opportunity to just get the ball inbounds. It is not ofter that you start a possession so close to the basket. It is a great advantage. Use it.

Here are 2 simple out of bounds plays from under the basket that can be used against all kinds of defenses.



A great play to get it to your post player

Play sets up with 4 man on the block directly in front of the ball.

5 man on the opposite block

1 and 3, as potential shooters wide and deep in the corners
2 is taking the ball out.

This set forces all of the offensive players to be defended with at least a 3/4 front to a full front. Any player not played in that manner, just throw him the ball and have him score.

 2 simple out of bounds plays
 When the play starts, 4 cuts straight up the lane.  2 simple out of bounds plays
 2 inbounds the ball, over the top (remember the defense has to front)

On the catch, the 5 man ducks in to the basket at the 4 man immediately passes to 5 for a low post play.

 2 simple out of bounds plays


This is a simple play with multiple options. I used to put it in a multiple plays, but now I use it as one play and let the players determine which option to use.


This is the basic set

2 (best shooter) takes it out

1 & 3 (better ball handlers and shooters) on ball side 4 & 5 (usually post players, good screeners) opposite the ball

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 Play can start any number of ways.

Here, the 1 man screens up for the 3

3 man cuts to the corner.

2 passes to 3 to get it inbounds

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 Here, 1 and 3 just pop out to the corner and wing, respectively.

2 can inbound to the corner 1 or over the top to 3.

Players have to take advantage of defensive weaknesses and be aware of trap possibilities on the inbound pass.

 2 simple out of bounds plays
 After inbounding the ball, 2 steps to the block.

If the inbounds pass goes to the corner, receiver can look for an immediate pass back to 2 to take advantage of misplays by the defense.

Make this pass to score.

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2 then passes the ball to 1 on top.

4 drops to form a double screen (can also be a stagger) on the weak side


Regardless of how you get the ball in, the object of the entry action is to get the ball to the top.

2 simple out of bounds plays

Once the ball is on top, 1 brings it to the center of the court

2 steps to the middle of the lane

3 closes toward the lane.

2 simple out of bounds plays

 Once players move, everything becomes a read to take advantage of the defense.

Here, 2 has an option for a "Floppy Cut." He has 4&5 on the weak side in a double screen (or stagger) and 3 on the strong side for a single screen.

2 can go either way for a shot.

2 simple out of bounds plays 

Here, 2 sets a back screen for 3

3 cuts off the back screen and then off the double screen (or stagger).

1 can pass to 3 for a shot or 2, who pops out after screening and is isolated for a shot or drive

2 simple out of bounds plays 

 Allowing the players to read the situation and act accordingly, makes this play effective against any type of defense.

There are many other logical options you can create after the initial action. You can play with it and see what you can come up with.

Don Kelbick

Coach Don Kelbick has had 27 years of coaching experience, 25 at the college level including 14 years as a head coach and 10 years as a Division I assistant including stops at Hofstra University, Marist College, Keene State College, and Florida International University. In 2 years as a high school coach, his teams produced 6 Division I players and was ranked #1 in Florida 28 out of a possible 34 weeks. In addition to coaching he has scouted for NBA teams, including the Knicks and the Hawks, and served as a general manager in the USBL.