Screen Setting

Screen setting is a part of many plays on the offensive side of the ball. Screens are used to create space for offensive players so they can either shoot the basketball or drive to the basket. There are two types of screens, on-ball and off-ball. On-ball screens are screens set for the offensive player dribbling the basketball, while off-ball screens are set for the other players without the ball. Screens are usually set by the center or power forward because their bigger frames make it harder for opposing wing players to get through or around the screen.

When setting a screen there is a danger of being called for a moving screen. To avoid being called for a moving screen it is important that players use proper form. Players should first ensure that they are stationary in a wide stance. If the players move their feet they could be called for an offensive foul. The player should also cup their hands around their groin area for two reasons.

One, it ensures the person setting the screen will not be hurt down low. Second, it ensures they will not be called for a moving screen because obvious arm movement or grabs of the defender will be called a foul. When the defensive player is approaching the screen, the screen setter should not lean into them, or move whatsoever, or again, they could be penalized.

On-ball screens present options for both the ball handler, and the screen setter as well. Generally the ball handler can either drive to the basket off the screen, or they could use the screen to create space for a jump shot. If the other defenders bring help, it could result in a pass as well.

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