You'll find this same drill in our FREE Breakthrough Basketball Drills ebook on page 141.This drill is designed to teach players how to take advantage on the fast break, creating easy baskets for themselves and their other teammates. I've used this at the youth and high school level. Everybody enjoyed it, especially the youth teams.
- Put two of your players at one end of the
court, and the other three at the
opposite end. The group of three
should have a basketball.
- On the whistle, the player with the ball
will start dribbling towards the defense,
and the other two offensive players will
sprint ahead of the dribbler, spreading
out on each side.
- The player with the ball will dribble until
one of the defenders commit to them.
- They will then pass the ball to one of the
open offensive players on either side,
and, ideally, a layup will ensue. However, an extra pass may be needed.
- The player who either takes the shot (make
or miss), or turns the ball over will sprint
back to the other end of the court and play
- The two original defenders will become
offensive players and execute a two on one
- Make a defender commit to you before passing.
- Look up while dribbling; see the floor.
- All young players want to shoot the ball and score a lot of points, but it is important for them to know that being unselfish is a key to making a fast break go successfully.
- No dribbling throughout the drill at first, then progress to dribbling once the players reach half-court. It
helps break the habit of catching and instantly dribbling. After catching the ball, it emphasizes seeing
the defense, and reacting to what is given to them.
- Time limit - Give them a certain amount of time to get a QUALITY shot. For example, once the ball crosses half-court, they have
4 seconds to get a shot. This will make it more game-like, because the advantage quickly goes away during live action.
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