Purpose: To work on making good, quick offensive and defensive transitions, especially when tired. To practice smart decision-making in transition. To practice dealing with chaotic and unplanned situations. To improve conditioning and build stamina. Drill: Divide into two teams for a full-court scrimmage. Five players from each team are on the … [Read more...]
Transition Offense & Drills
Transition, or Fast Break Offenses, are designed to speed up the tempo of the game and to take advantage of your strengths as well as to exploit opponent weaknesses. Here, you will find transition offenses you can incorporate into your system and fast break drills to help teach principles and techniques of the transition game.
For more, check out the Transition Offense Sets & Drills section over at the Hoops U. Basketball Coaching Academy!
Purpose: A continuous fast break drill that focuses on transition offense and defense and forces players to make quick decisions. Drill: The Team Blitz starts with a line of players along each sideline (team 1 and team 2). Three members of Team 1 start on the court at the top of the key area, middle player with the basketball. Two members of Team … [Read more...]
Purpose: This is a simple enough basketball drill but it covers an important, often overlooked aspect of transition basketball -- securing the loose ball! Points are often given away because what should be an easy grab and finish for a layup winds up in players booting the ball, travelling, or turning it over in some fashion. This basketball … [Read more...]
I always seem to be changing offenses or defenses based on personnel. However, I have never changed my press break; its simple, effective, and can flow into any game plan. Alignment and duties: Always goes to the left of the basket, looking for the ball. He is our primary ball handler and our first option. Streaks down the floor setting up on … [Read more...]
Purpose: To teach defenders to get back quickly on defense and to help teammates who are slow in recovering. Offensively, players will work on their transition and fast break offense. Drill: This drill begins in a 4-on-4 halfcourt setup. The players play 4-on-4 until either a shot is made or the defense secures the rebound on a missed shot. When … [Read more...]
Purpose: For the offensive players to work on 3-on-2 fast break skills as well as 3-on-3 principles. For defensive players to work on playing solid defense and preventing the quick basket. Drill: The drill starts as shown in the diagram with three members of team 1 in a 3-on-2 situation against two defenders from team 2. As soon as the dribbler … [Read more...]
Purpose: To develop fast break skills by having the offensive players work on scoring in transition from an advantage situation and to teach defensive players to hustle back on defense to stop the fast break. Drill: 5 players will line up across the baseline, as shown. A coach is in the painted area with the basketball. The inside 3 players are … [Read more...]
The Quick Break Middle Attack is a sort of inbounds set / fast break play hybrid that you can use when the defense is pressuring you fullcourt man-to-man. You may find it especially useful when you are being pressured in a late-game situation and there are mere seconds left on the clock but enough time to dribble down and get a decent shot … [Read more...]
Purpose: To work on making the outlet pass and filling the lane in a fast break situation. To work on receiving the outlet pass and quickly dribbling downcourt. Also develops a variety of skills necessary for an effective fast break such as passing, jump stops, and finishing. Drill: Two players on the court with one basketball. O1 starts under … [Read more...]
Purpose: To practice and develop decision-making abilities. To practice finishing in a fast break or transition situation. The focus is normally on offense with this drill, but it also helps defenders learn to work from a numerical disadvantage. Drill 1: 3-on-2 Drill: 2 defenders start in the lane as shown. 3 offensive players start at the half … [Read more...]
Purpose: This combination drill works on a variety of basketball skills and fundamentals. The offensive players work on dribbling, passing, jump stops, and layups or jump shots. The defender works on stopping the dribbler and then recovering to help defend the wing shot or drive. Drill: Two offensive players near midcourt, one in the middle with … [Read more...]
Purpose: To teach players how to get open to receive the pass against a press. A simple drill, but necessary to help players learn to get open when closely guarded in the full court. Drill: Divide team into two lines; line 1 are the inbounders and line 2 are the receivers. The first player in line is the defender. (If you have large numbers or … [Read more...]