Slice the Defense

The Blade Offense’s concepts are easy enough for a youth squad to grasp but can be adjusted to meet the advanced needs of a varsity high school team

WHY USE THIS OFFENSIVE BASKETBALL PLAY
The Blade Offense is the perfect balance between having too much structure, which forces players into acting like robots, and not enough structure, which leads to chaos on the court. Players get a better feel for the game when they have simple movements to follow.

SET UP
There are no guards or forwards in this offense. All five players end up at all five positions within this set. The action starts with a player at the top with the ball, two players positioned on the wings and two on the baseline.

HOW TO PLAY
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The top player passes to a wing. The passer and the player on the ball-side baseline are one pass away from the ball. This means those two players screen away [1]. Players continue to screen if they are one pass away [2] until the defense becomes tired of being screened, which allows for an open shot or dribble penetration to become available [3].

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In its purest form, this is a motion offense that allows freelance movements as long as the five positions on the floor constantly are being replaced.