The Flex offence became popular during the late 1950s and early 1960s, but was known then as Reverse Action. Pete Newell, the great coach of California University who also coached the 1960 US Olympic team, was credited with developing the Reverse Action offence. Reverse Action went out of fashion for some time as coaches favoured methods that emphasised individual athletic talents and less screening
situations, but during the mid 1980’s it became popular again under a new identity: the Flex.
The Flex offence is a continuity offence requiring all players to be effective using cuts to a low post position, using screens to create mid-range scoring opportunities and one-on-one penetration and passing opportunities. Like all similarly structured offences, it is possible to include variations to the basic screening and cutting options to exploit special individual talents.
Diagram 1: After 3 passes to 2, 4 cuts off a screen set by 5. 2 may pass to 4 or to 1 who would also look to pass to 4.Diagram 2: 2 looks to feed 4 who cuts off a screen set by 5 3 sets down screen and then breaks back out to wing. 3 looks to feed 5 for shot.
Diagram 3: Instead of passing to 4 or 1, 2 passes diagonally to 5 who takes a step or two backwards after 4 has made his cut 5 then looks to 1 or if this is not on he passes back to 3 and cuts off a screen set by 1Dagram 4: The offence may start with 1 leading to the elbow of the key to receive a pass from 3, or 4. 2 cuts around the outside for a possible pass from 1, or 1 looks to feed 4. Cutting off screen set by 5.