The 1-4 Patterned Motion Offense is a fantastic basketball play for teams to utilise. As a starting point for teams to implement as part of their initial playbook the continuity of the offense makes it very easy to learn and perform.
For senior teams the 1-4 Patterned Motion Offense Crossover Cut Play should be used as an option for a base or core play. Other options can be built around this initial starting point until a series has been created. Additionally, another option is to include principles around the desired style of play. This will allow for a variety of play options to be created without the need for complicated plays which in some cases can limit the creativity of the individual players.
For junior players the 1-4 Patterned Motion Offense Crossover Cut Play provides a nice simple play to master and then learn to utilise fully. For coaches this will be a simple pattern to teach, but still has a number of fundamental tactics, which if performed correctly will be highly effective and provide a wealth of opportunities.
The players start in the standard 1- 4 set-up. This sees one player in the point position above the keyway. The other four players are lined up along the foul line extended.
The first pass is made from One (1) to either of the post players standing at the elbows.
One (1) then cuts off the post player with the ball heading towards the basket.
As one (1) makes the initial pass the weak side wing player (Two) back cuts to the basket.
The player on the strong side wing (Three) rotates into the point position now vacant following One’s (1) cut.
- Five (1) once receiving the pass can square up to the basket at any stage
- One (1) on the cut to the basket
- Two (2) on the back cut to the basket
From this position the two guards (One and Two) now at the basket, do not screen, but run interference for one another as they continue their cuts and crossover to the open wing positions on the floor.
The ball is passed back out of the post to the point position (Three) before being reversed now to the opposite post player (Four).
- Three (3) from the three-point line
- Four (4) on receiving the pass can square up to the basket for a one on one situation
From this position, the play commences again.
Three (3) cuts off the shoulder of the post player passed to (Four).
The weak side wing player (Two) cuts to the basket.
- Three (3) on cut to basket
- Two (2) on back cut to basket
The 1-4 Patterned Motion Offense Crossover Cut Play provides the basis for a number of different options such as passing to the wing or dribble entry upon which to build the basis for a series in offense. This example of a core play is not meant to be the only play to be used, it should be partnered with other options so it does not become stale and predictable.