Basketball Plays: Chin Flash Elbow

A quick hitter to run to against a 2-3 zone defense.

Syracuse Women’s Associate Head Coach Vonn Read submits two plays each month from his book The Basketball Encyclopedia of Plays.

You can also see more of his plays in the Related Posts links at the bottom of this post.

Vonn has also served as an assistant coach in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury, Orlando Miracle, and San Antonio Silver Stars. He was an advanced scout for the Orlando Magic as well as The Charlotte Sting.

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Chin Flash Elbow Zone



This is a good Zone Set out of a Chin Alignment.

The 1 player will pass the ball to the 4 player and then use the Chin cut by the 5 player.

The 4 player will reverse the ball to the 2 player on the wing.






If the 1 player is open in the short corner, the 2 player will pass the ball to the 1 player for the quick shot.

If the 1 player does not have the quick shot, he will look to hit the 5 player diving to the rim or the 4 player at the top of the key area.






The 5 player will flash to the elbow area after setting the chin cut for the 1 player.

This pass is open a lot in this set.

The 5 player will hit the 1 player at the rim on the high low pass.

The 1 player can score or pass the ball across the baseline to the 3 player for the 3-point shot.




If the 5 player cannot hit the 1 player on the high low, he can hit the 4 player diving down the lane line for a layup.

If X4 takes away the dive by the 4 player, the 3 player will be open for the 3-pointer on the skip pass.


Coaching Basketball

Coach Read has also put together The Basketball Encyclopedia of plays. You can check them out here: The Basketball Encyclopedia of Plays or read more about the books:

Any coach looking for the latest and innovative plays from the Professional, College, or High School levels can stop looking. With a compilation of over 7,700 different plays, you will never need to purchase another basketball playbook again. These playbooks can be used as a great reference tool for years to come. This 2 Volume Book includes plays from 19 different play categories, and they are the most extensive playbooks on the market.

The Basketball Encyclopedia of Plays (Platinum Series) contains over 7,700 Plays (Both Volumes combined) from the NBA, WNBA, USBL, and College levels from someone who has worked as an Advanced Scout or Coach on each level!!! This book has been intensely compiled over the last 21 years, with plays taken from a lot of NBA Coaches (past and present), WNBA coaches, and College coaches (Men’s and Women’s) from around the country.

Any coach that is serious about improving their knowledge of the game from an X and O standpoint will benefit tremendously from these books. These Books can be used to discover New Quick hitters, add a New Package to your playbook, or develop an entire Offensive System. There are a lot of new ideas and concepts in these books to study, and the Basketball Encyclopedia of Plays can be a great resource for coaches on all levels!!! This book is definitely for those X and O junkies who are always looking to improve as a Coach.


Here is the link: The Basketball Encyclopedia of Plays

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