Where as many individual sports will depend on the fitness and the abilities of an athlete alone to determine an outcome, team sports usually have to include a strategy or game plan as well as any individuals fitness and abilities if they are to be successful and basketball is no exception. Obviously basketball, like any other sport, does require all players to be fit and possess good abilities in that particular sport but as all the teams will have players that are fit and able, it is often the game play that will determine the outcome of any match.
Basketball, in one form or another has been played since 1891 with it gaining status as an Olympic sport in the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics and as it is played in professional leagues in many countries, countries that often have school and college leagues also, many competitive matches have now been played and so a very large number of different plays have been tried, each with their own varying amount of success. These plays are shown in reviews which coaches can look at to try and determine if any seem suitable for their upcoming matches and it is a team’s ability to determine the correct plays and train in them, that can determine the outcome of a game as much as any individual’s skills or fitness. It will usually fall on the coach for having the responsibility of studying the different basketball plays reviews and deciding which ones are the best to use for each individual match and also ensuring that the whole team are well versed in them.
Different plays will rely on different strengths of certain team members and so a coach will often choose plays that suit the strengths of his players but at the same time, may opt to use some that perhaps take advantage in a weakness of one of the opponent’s players and it is also an ability of recognizing strengths and weaknesses, that determine a coach’s success rate, as well of course, as the strength of his team and their ability to learn the different plays they are presented with.
When trying to determine a set of plays to use in a match, it is useful to know what players are in the opponent’s team and what positions each may play in but, in basketball, there are no set positions that a team are required to play in however, over the years a standard set of positions seems to have been adopted and so it are those that should be considered when choosing. These adopted positions consist of the fastest players usually being placed as Point Guards, the player that controls any offensive plays, the tallest players being the centres that use their height advantage around the hoops both in offense and defence, a Shooting Guard that will attempt a large number of shots, often from longer distances, a Small Forward that attempts dribbling penetrations on offence and tries to steal the ball in defence and the Power Forward that, often with their back to the hoop, that tries to complete or block shots as necessary.