10 Second Fast Break Drill

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If you have a fast break team, then this is a great drill for you to incorporate into your practices. This drill...

  • Forces quick conversions between the defense and offense.

  • Makes the offense develop an aggressive, attacking mentality.

  • Improves the speed of the inbounder getting to the ball and outletting it to a ball handler.

  • Heightens the rebounder's awareness of the defense and the offense so they can safely outlet the ball to convert to offense. If they don't adapt, they'll lose precious seconds needed to score.

  • Enhances the offense's ability to push the ball up the floor via the dribble or the pass based on your preference.

  • Improves conversion time for the defense sprinting back.

  • Dramatically improves your players' conditioning.

The instructions for this drill are simple.

You have a 10-second shot clock.

If you do not have access to a shot clock, the coach or manager counts down from 10.


The shot clock has the same basic rules as any league that utilizes a shot clock. It starts over after the ball hits the rim, a foul, a turnover, and a made basket.

To improve your players' ability to quickly inbound the ball, you can make one slight adjustment and start the shot clock as soon as the basket is made.

Based on age and skill level, you can adjust the time.

Related Pages & Helpful Resources

Don Kelbick's Transition Offense and the Four-Second Fast Break DVD
Fast Break Basketball Offense - Phoenix Suns
How To Run The Basketball Fast Break Offense and Transition Offense - Philosophy, Offenses, Drills
Competitive One on One Fast Break Drills - 1v1 Attack

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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waleed says:
11/15/2012 at 3:27:16 PM

thanks .. at first i dont understand what do u want but after that i know what the aims of this drill .. thanks again


sam says:
11/15/2012 at 6:49:25 AM

thanks very much. for a team which is financially and manpower handicapped, free resources like yours are most welcomed.


JT says:
11/8/2012 at 9:06:02 PM


Thanks..now I get it...I like it too...


Johnny Griffith says:
11/8/2012 at 9:06:18 AM

Coach Thomas. I thought the same thing at first, but then I realized that's it. You just have your players run whatever fast break or transition break or secondary break you usually run. The whole point of the drill is just that they have only ten seconds to score or it's a turnover and it goes back the other way. I think it's up to you what you have your players do on the break. Or you could just leave it as an open-ended primary break that transitions into your offense. We run the read and react, so we'll use this just as the primary break and then run it right into the read and react without a secondary break. Hope that helps. I like the drill. Should be good conditioning.


Coach Thomas says:
11/8/2012 at 8:40:53 AM

Is this the instructions for this 10 second fast break drill. I think I would need just a little more information on how it is ran.


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