Purpose: To work on both transition offense and transition defense. In this drill, the offense will always work with a man advantage and the defense has to work with a man disadvantage. This drill also requires a great deal of communication.
Drill: The drill starts with 5 offensive players running your transition offense/secondary break. The 5 offensive players will be attacking 4 defensive players. Depending upon what you want your offensive players to attack, the defense can play man-to-man, a 2-2 zone, or a 1-3 zone. The offensive team is given only one shot attempt to score.
After the shot, the passer and the shooter drop out, forcing a 4 on 3 situation in the other direction (the 4 defenders now go on the offensive, while the remaining 3 offensive players get back on defense). This same rationale is used at the other end, with the shooter and passer dropping out forcing a 3 on 2. Again, the passer and shooter will drop out forcing a 2 on 1 to end the drill.
The Break Advantage Drill has the following segments: 5 on 4, 4 on 3, 3 on 2, 2 on 1. During the 5 on 3 and 4 on 3, the players should work the ball quickly for a good shot. In the 3 on 2 and 2 on 1 segments, they should be on the attack.
This drill can also be made to be competitive by adding a scoring system. It is a drill that players love to run and they will go very hard. Have 2 different teams (2 different colors); as soon as the 2 on 1 is finished, subs can come in and start the drill all over again.
Coaching Points: Make sure your players understand how you want to attack in a 3 on 2 and 2 on 1 situation…and also how you want them to defend in these situations. It is understood that the players should know these rules prior to running this drill.