Special Situations: Stack & Flat Options

Using the Stack and Flat alignments for Baseline Out of Bounds scenarios can be a great way to put pressure on the defense.

In preparation for this article, I tweeted out a poll to see how many BLOB actions coaches use throughout the season. The vast majority of coaches appear to use at least 3-4, and almost a third use five or more. When I organize our actions for the season we are typically putting in our Odd, Even, and Zero Box Sets, along with one Stack or Flat option to use when needed. I especially like to use the Flat and Stack options when faced with a good zone BLOB defense. I have found that zone defenses that flood the strong side with defenders can give our Box Sets trouble, so to counter that we have used Stack and Flat Sets as a way to threaten the rim in a different manner. It probably goes without saying that there is an infinite number of actions you could run, but we are going to look at three simple options that we can break down.

Check out our other Special Situations Series Posts:

Stack Options -

Using a Stack Alignment is a great way to put pressure on a single area of the floor. In most Stack sets the offense is trying to concentrate the defense in a small area of the floor in an attempt to slip a player into an open portion of the court. In both of the Stack Actions we will break down we are trying to shift the defense in one direction while opening up a different area of the floor.

"Triple" -


The name "Triple" comes from the three-person stack that is formed on the ball side lane line. The 2 Man (or a Good Shooter) is positioned on the opposite elbow.

We are placing our best scorer as the 4 Man. Ultimately the goal is to get him a touch around the rim.

Initial Action: