Box Floppy Gate – BLOB Man-to-Man Play


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Overview of the Play

A super simple gate screen play off a baseline inbounds. The shooter passes the basketball in and then walks to the middle of the key where they’ll receive a gate screen to one side of the floor and a normal screen to the other.

Key Personnel:

  • Your best shooter should be inbounding the basketball.


Setup: The play starts in a box formation with the shooter inbounding the basketball.


1. The play begins with 4 stepping off the low block to receive the pass.

2. 4 then swings the basketball to 3 who immediately passes to 1.

3. By this time the shooter (2) has walked their player into the middle of the key.

4. 4 and 3 then set a gate screen on the low block which 2 sprints through to get open for the shot.

5. It’s 1’s responsibility to use the dribble to improve the passing angle.

6. If the defender cheats the gate screen, 5 sets a screen on the opposite low block which the shooter can use also.

Coaching Points:

  • The gate screen provides the primary scoring opportunity. Only after you’ve run the play a few times and the defender cheats should the shooter look to use the single screen from 5.
  • This is a great play for youth basketball due to its simplicity.
  • The shooter should give a small ‘nudge’ to their defender before cutting through the gate screen to create separation. This must be taught to the players so that they’re not called for a pushing foul.