When I asked the readers of my newsletter to write in the offense they ran, many responded with “5 out motion offense”. Even without elite shooting, the 5 out motion offense is a great offense for many youth basketball teams, and could be the perfect fit for your team too.
The strength of a 5 out motion offense starts with spacing. Think about it. If everyone’s standing spread out on the perimeter then:
- There’s no defenders in the paint to help on drives.
- The nearest defender on the perimeter is several feet away.
- Defenders that help must move away from their man.
These advantages will create space for your players to drive and cut for layups. But there’s also several non-tactical reasons for you to consider:
- Teaches universal basketball principles– your players’ future coach will thank you when he/she realizes that your players are great at getting open and making decisions.
- Doesn’t pigeon hole players into positions– if you’re a youth coach you’ll never know how tall your players will be. Shooting, passing and cutting are vital skills for all positions.
- Demands even contribution from all your players– no single player on the court is doing most of the dribbling, shooting, or posting up. The 5 out motion is a great offense for player development.
- Easy to teach, easily scalable– what I mean is that the basic principles (pass and cut, fill spaces, spread out) are simple and quickly picked up. But as we’ve seen with the Warriors and Spurs, there’s plenty of areas for growth, should you coach a higher level team.
Even if you’ve already got your own offense ready, the 5 out motion is so common you’ve probably come up against it before. It pays to know what the other team is running!
Keep reading for a complete break down of the 9 rules of the 5 out motion offense.