I watched a video the other day on a certain motion offense, called the Power Motion Offense. The video was done by a coach Shane Dreiling of TeamArete.com. It looks like a very versatile continuity motion offense that I think would work well as a base for a multitude of teams depending on what talent you have.

Because, it is quite reliant on flex screens, most of your players should be versatile enough to perform in all 5 spots. It looks like the offense will become quite predictable, but the screen the screener action almost always results in a good shot opportunity, though ultimately it will be up to the skill of your players to capitalize.

Power Motion Offense:

The offense is setup in a 3-out 2-in formation. As mentioned, like the flex, all 5 players should be comfortable shooting and playing in the post. The offense starts with a pass to the wing, then a downscreen for the opposite post. The post uses the screen and comes up to the top of the key. If open, shoot the jumper,

The next concepts here are ball reversal and flex downscreen on the weak side. So the screening action happens right away. Essentially, if you connect this diagram from the one above, it's a screen the screener, O2 screening for O1 who screened for O4. The ball is reversed from the side to side. If O1 is open, shoot the jumper,

If O1 is not open, O2 is simultaneously setting a cross-block screen for O5 who depending on how you teach it should come over the top or slip underneath looking for the post-entry from O1. Once that screen is completed, O4 comes down to setup a downscreen for O2 who pops up looking for the pass from O1,

The ball is reversed to O2, if the shot is not there, reversed back to O3 and the motion continues (O2 will go down and set a downscreen for O5 and the motion repeats),


The reason why I think this is a good base to use is because it combines good flex screens, with screen the screener and ball reversal. All good techniques at gaining good shot opportunities. From this base, you can add other options like dribble drive, high-post or stagger screens.

For more detailed info on a similar type of motion offense, take a look at Dick Bennett's new DVD on the Blocker/Mover Offense. The Blocker/Mover is more free flowing but it has aspects of flex screens and is also mostly based out of a 3-out 2-in set. Discuss this and the rest of your favorite basketball topics at the X's and O's Basketball Forum.