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Transition & Conditioning Drill

Drill Purpose

This is a great transition drill that conditions your players and works on mental toughness. It also works on passing, dribbling, rebounding and shooting lay ups.


  1. Players 2 & 3 start at the hashes by half court or halfway between the 3-point line and half court.

    Player 4 starts under the hoop.

    Player 5 starts under the opposite hoop.

    Player 1 starts on the baseline.

    Player 6 lines up behind Player 4.

    Player 7 lines up behind Player 5.

  2. The coach starts the drill by shooting the ball.

   3-on-2 full court drill1 (9K)

  1. Player 4 grabs the rebound and passes the ball to Player 2. Player 4 follows his pass and replaces Player 2.

    On every shot, the rebounder should not allow the ball to touch the ground.

  2. As this happens, Player 1 sprints down the court.

  3. Player 2 dribbles to the 3-point line and comes to a jump stop. This should be in two to three dribbles depending on age and skill level.

  4. Player 2 passes the ball to a cutting Player 1 who finishes with a lay up.

    The cutting angle should go straight to the hoop. The player can begin the cut either at the free-throw line extended or slightly above.
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  1. As Player 1 shoots the lay up, Player 2 sprints and touches the baseline. Then, Player 2 turns and sprints down the court.

  2. Player 5 rebounds the lay up and outlets to Player 3. Player 5 replaces Player 3's spot.

  3. Player 3 dribbles to the 3-point line and jump stops. Then, Player 3 passes the ball to a cutting Player 2 for a lay up.
   3-on-2 full court drill3 (9K)

  1. As Player 2 shoots the lay up, Player 3 sprints and touches the baseline. Then, Player 3 turns and sprints down the court.

  2. Player 6 rebounds the lay up and outlets to Player 4. Player 6 replaces Player 4's spot.

  3. Player 4 dribbles to the 3-point line and jump stops. Then, Player 4 passes the ball to a cutting Player 3 for the lay up.

  4. Continue the process over and over.
   3-on-2 full court drill4 (9K)

Points of Emphasis

Never let the ball touch the ground, except for when the player is dribbling the ball up the court.

  • The rebounder should never let the ball hit the ground.
  • Every pass should be an accurate pass.
  • Every pass should be caught.
  • Every pass should an air pass. No bounce passes.

Motivation / Teaching Tips

Tip #1 - You can create a competition out of this. You can set a goal for a number of made baskets within a certain time limit. For example, you could set a goal of 30 baskets in 3 minutes.

Tip #2 - This drill usually works best with 7 or more players.

Related Pages & Helpful Resources

Don Kelbick's Transition Offense and the Four-Second Fast Break DVD
How To Run The Basketball Fast Break Offense and Transition Offense - Philosophy, Offenses, Drills
Basketball Fast Break & Transition Drills - Full Court Drills
5 on 3 + 2 - Fast Break Drills

Do you have any suggestions or questions for this drill? Let us know by leaving your comments...

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Marci says:
5/8/2008 at 10:06:48 AM

I have been looking for this drill forever! My high school coach had us run this drill and I have been racking my brain to remember it, thanks!


Patsy Foolkes says:
5/8/2008 at 10:55:47 AM

I think this is a very interesting drill and will keep kids moving thanks


junjun says:
5/8/2008 at 8:25:57 PM

thanks for this drill.... a very helpful drill especially to aspiring coaches...


Noel says:
5/9/2008 at 5:26:52 PM

A good variation on normal transition drills


coac kmac says:
5/19/2008 at 2:39:22 AM

this is a new exciting drill!


jan janssens says:
10/28/2008 at 2:57:08 AM

I think it's better that 4 after pass to 2, 4 take place after 3. You must begin with a extra player behind 2 and 3 than.
But so they all will work right and left...


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