Out of Bounds Plays

What to Discover or Recall . . .

Out of bounds situations play a major part of the game.
Do not take inbounding the ball for granted.
Teams must be prepared to successfully inbound the ball from the baseline, sideline and full court.
Players must know the out of bounds rules.

Out of Bounds Play

| Guidelines | Rules | Baseline Out of Bounds | Sideline Out of Bounds | Full Court Out of Bounds | End of Game |

 

Out of Bounds Guidelines

Some coaches just like to get ball inbounds and then set up a play, while other coaches find it a great opportunity to attack; and, since most teams are poorly prepared to defend out of bounds situations, they deploy several inbounds plays during a game. However, no matter what philosophy is utilized, the primary objective is to first inbound the ball successfully, and then get into the hands of your best players for a high percentage shot.

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During a game, do not expect players to execute something that has not been practiced. Drawing up a new "hope" play during a time out is rarely successful since most players cannot read play diagrams, let alone execute them. When creating out of bounds plays, keep them simple. Go to your best player, then height and best shooter third.

Inbounding the Ball

Good inbounders are vital, and you will not win a championship without one.

Players on all levels need to be taught and practice the fundamental skills and concepts needed in making a successful inbounds pass. In additional to the physical skills involved, since inbounders are taken for granted and very rarely rewarded for the efforts, they must also have a strong commitment to team play.

Learn More Inbounding the Ball Under Pressure

CAUTION: When in trouble throw ball out of bounds off an opponent's leg or take the five (5) second inbounds violation rather than throw the ball away. When the ball is turned over on the inbounds pass, it immediately creates a five on four offensive advantage. However, by taking the five (5) second count, it will allow a team to get set on defense and have better than 60% chance of making a defensive stop.

Involves vision, communication, execution and timing

Out of bounds plays are successful when cuts, screens, and passes are executed with proper techniques and precision. Players must be able to anticipate and read defensive deployment. They should know what options to execute when the defense zones, switches, fights over screens, etc. Players need to be alert to counter any defensive over play or carelessness. Out of bounds plays must also account for defensive balance and safety outlets.

Automatic reads are the first option on all out of bound situations

  1. Players should cut to basket for lay-up any time their defender plays with their back towards them watching the basketball.

  2. When the inbounder is left unguarded, they should execute a quick "Give & Go" with the inbounder making a quick inbounds pass and cutting to the basket for a return pass.

  3. If a defender faces up and plays with their back to the inbounds passer, players should have the "Green" light to execute a lob pass over the defender for shot.

Note: On automatics, players should communicate using eye contact and body language.

Scout Your Opponent

Players need to know what reads to expect during the game. Opponents will generally use only one type of defense technique in defending out of bounds playes. Educate and explain the anticipated reads and their counters. When scouting is not possible, scout your opponent during the game.

CAUTION: Don't ever be a spectator and watch the ball during the game. Be conscience and alert to any defensive changes or adjustments, especially after substitutions and timeouts.

 

 


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Know the Rules

CAUTION: Do not take rule knowledge for granted. A player's lack of rule knowledge cannot only result in a loss of ball possession, but can also cost you a game.

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  1. The inbounder can not be changed once an official has designated player for throw-in.

  2. On a throw-in the ball must leave the inbounder's hands within five seconds from the time the throw-in starts.

  3. The inbounder cannot touch the ball until it has been touched by another player.

    If the defender plays with their back to inbounder, the inbounder can toss the ball off the defender's back and, as long as they step inbounds first, pick up ball and score.

  4. For a timeout to be granted during the throw-in, it must be requested before the five second count elapses. Make sure all players know how many time outs they have left in the game.

  5. Except after a made shot, the inbounder cannot leave the designated throw-in spot. However, they are allowed one step in either direction.

  6. After a made shot, the inbounder can run along the baseline prior to making an inbounds pass.

  7. From the front court, the ball can be inbounded to a teammate in the back court without an over and back violation being called.

  8. When the inbounds pass goes directly out of bounds without being touched, it comes back to the original throw-in spot rather than where it goes out of bounds.

  9. When a timeout is called immediately following a made basket, on the subsequent throw-in the inbounder can still move along the baseline.

  10. On the throw-in after a made basket, you do not lose right to run baseline because of an infraction by defense.

    For example, if the ball is kicked by a defender, the inbounds passer can still run the baseline on subsequent throw-in.

  11. Inbounder can safely pass the ball into the back court without an over and back violation being called.

  12. Inbounder cannot throw ball over the backboard or directly into the basket.

    Prior to rule change, teams with a tall player could simply lob the ball over the basket. Coaches would use their creative ingenuity, including hanging chicken wire down from the ceiling behind the basket, to stop out of bounds lob plays.

  13. After a made basket, it is legal for the inbounder to pass to a teammate stepping out of bounds along the baseline and receive a return pass after stepping inbounds.

  14. If the defender reaches over the out of bounds vertical plane and touches the ball while in the hands of the inbounder or is in the air behind the vertical plane, it is a technical foul.

 


 

Test Your Out of Bounds Rule Knowledge!

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Coaching Tip: Give this self -test to your players. Don’t assume that they know the rules. Use the results as a team evaluation. Go over any question(s) missed by multiple players making sure that all players understand the rule. In taking a few minutes to test your players’ rule knowledge, it may save and even win a game or two.

 

 

 


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Proven Out of Bounds Plays

The out of bounds plays presented by HoopTactics have been proven, over time, to create a high percentage shot with two to three options. If a high percentage shot is not available, then each play flows directly into a predetermined continuity which eliminates any rushed shots or need to back the ball out and call a set play.

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Full Court Out of Bounds

Click on desired Out of Bounds above to view graphically Illustrated play details.

 

 


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Baseline Out of Bounds

Baseline Out of Bounds

The out of bounds plays presented by HoopTactics have been proven, over time, to create a high percentage shot with two to three options. If a high percentage shot is not available, then each play flows directly into a predetermined continuity which eliminates any rushed shots or need to back the ball out and call a set play.

Box Alignments

Screen & Roll
Single/Double
Pick the Picker
Weakside Lob
Base Lob

Stack Alignments

Post Lob
Pinch Double
Loop

Line Alignments

Screen & Roll
Tandem Base

Triangle Alignments

Pick the Picker
Base Pinch
Back Screen
Base Cross Screen

 


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Sideline Out of Bounds

Sideline OUt of Bounds Play

The out of bounds plays presented by HoopTactics have been proven, over time, to create a high percentage shot with two to three options. If a high percentage shot is not available, then each play flows directly into a predetermined continuity which eliminates any rushed shots or need to back the ball out and call a set play.

Box Alignments

Box Zipper
Box Flex
Mid Screen
Tandem Base
Post Pound Cake
Pinch
Zipper Horns

"Stack" Alignments

Pound Cake
Triangle Lob
Vertical 2
Vertical 3
Vertical 4
Vertical 5

Line Alignments

Single Double
Line Flex
X Special

Triangle Alignments

Misdirection Double
Single Double
Triangle Flex

 


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Full Court Out of Bounds Situations

Inbounds Pass

In most cases, having to go the length of the court to score in less than 4 seconds can be an insurmountable and hopeless situation. However, a well prepared team has the capability to score with only one second left on the game clock. Although chances of having to go the length of court and score with less than 4 seconds is very unlikely, teams still must be prepared for it. You cannot expect players to execute anything that has not been practiced.

Just inbounding the ball against severe full court pressure can be a nightmare. In this situation, the defense has a 5-on-4 numberical advantage. When leading and the defense aggressively denying the inbounds pass, executing a baseline out of bounds play, just to get the ball successfully inbounds becomes a viable option rather than risking a five second count or turnover.

Learn More Inbounding the Ball Under Pressure

Keep it simple. Go to your best player, then height and best shooter third. Be sure to substitute. You will need your best "inbounder" and shoooters on court. Scout, players should be alert to what type of defense to expect. If the defense is behind, they must press. If the defense is ahead they will play soft or zone.

 


Proven Full Court Out of Bounds Plays

These proven full court out of bounds playes are not only capable of winning games, but also championships!

Full Court Box

Box

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Full Court Give & Go

Give & Go

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Full Court Fly

Fly

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Full Court Split

Split

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Full Court Stack

Stack

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Full Court Tip

Tip Out

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Free Throw Quick Hitter

 

Free Throw Quick Hitters

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End of Game Time Out Option

If time permits, the most preferable option is to advance the ball into the front court and take a time out. If is much better to have the ball at midcourt with only 3 seconds remaining than full court with 4 seconds.

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End of Game - Just Get It In Safely

Get It In

Need to just inbound the ball at the end of the game? Think about running a baseline out of bounds play to get the ball inbounds. Make sure your best free throw shooters are on the floor. Inbounding the ball in this situation is not an easy task.

Learn More Proven Baseline Out of Bounds Plays 

 

 

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