Introducing Post Players

The Receivers’ Principles also provide an offensive framework with post players, whether the offence has one post player (“4 Out, 1 In”) or two post players (“3 Out, 2 In”).


“4 Out, I in” Principles

With dribble penetration to the top of the keyway, a low post player steps to the basket and a perimeter player spots up opposite the ball to receive a pass for a shot.

One player moves to the safety position and the other perimeter player moves into a position to receive a pass – which may be behind the dribbler.

(English) If there is a low post player when the dribbler goes to the baseline, the post player “circles out”to the perimeter. Perimeter players opposite the dribbler move to shooting positions.

(English) If the dribble penetration is opposite the low post player, the post steps into the top of the “no charge” circle.

(English) Often the defending team will aggressively attempt to stop the offence from passing the ball on the perimeter. In this circumstance a pass into the post player can also be used to help break the pressure.


“High Post Pressure Release”

A pass to the high post can be effective where the perimeter player is denied.

The perimeter player can cut straight to the basket.


“Low Post Pressure Release”

The low post player can step to the “short corner” to receive a pass if “ball reversal” is denied.

The Perimeter player can back cut to the basket.


“3 Out, 2 In” Receiver Principles

Receiver principles also apply, where there are two post players:

The principles with two post players is the same as with 1 post player, with one post player (on the same side as the dribbler) stepping to the perimeter and the other post player stepping to the basket.

Receiver's Principles 4 Out 1 In
Receiver's Principles 3 Out 2 In