Picking A Formation In Basketball
Follow these steps when picking what formation your team should run.
- Decide if the formation is for when your team is on offense or defense.
- Know what formation your opponent plays. If you have game footage you can study ahead of time. If not, you can always change your formation during the game.
- What is your team good at? If you have a great post player, you may want to run a transition offense. Do you have good shooters, then maybe a motion offense is for you.
- Design set plays, so your team can rely on pre-planned plays in a clutch.
- Have your team practice the formation and run drills.
There are lots of formation types in basketball. All formations stem from a few basic principles.
- player movement and spacing
- forcing turnovers with steals, rebounds, blocks, traps
- getting open on the court with cuts and screens
- giving the ball to your best players
- focusing on an area of the court like the half-court, full-court, corners, or three-point line
- playing fast or slow based on a tempo of the opponent and game
Offense Formation Types
Here is a list of offensive formations.
- set offense
- motion offense
- man to man offense
- press breaks (press offense)
- transition offense
- pick and roll offense
- triangle offense
- flex offense
Defense Formation Types
Here is a list of defensive formations.
Basketball Formation Terms
Here are some terms you should know related to basketball formations.