Florida Gulf Coast made history by becoming the first ever 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Former Florida Gulf Coast Head Coach Andy Enfield used an up-tempo style of play to run heavily favored opponents Georgetown and San Diego State out of the gym in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.
Now at the University of Southern California, Enfield is looking to recreate “Dunk City” in the Pac 12 conference. He spoke at a coach’s clinic in Las Vegas about his up-tempo style of play. Andy Enfield’s fast break drill incorporates conditioning in addition to running all the primary break’s options.
Goal of the Drill
The drill’s goal is for all five players to score within 30 seconds. All options must be used in an order of progression from options 1 to 5. All players must sprint to the free-throw line extended every time down the court. This forces everybody to run the floor. The drill starts when 5 inbounds the ball to 1. 4 sprints to the rim. 2 and 3 run wide. 5 is the trail.
The drill serves multiple purposes -- conditioning, teaches fast break spots, and offensive spacing.
Option 1 is to pass the ball to 4 sprinting to the rim. 5 throws a quick outlet pass to 1. 1 makes a quick pass to 4 for a layup.
Option 2 is to pass the ball to 2 running down the strong side wing. 4 quickly outlets to 1. 1 makes a quick pass to 2 for a layup.
Option 3 is to pass the ball to 3 running down the weak side wing. 5 quickly outlets to 1. 1 makes a quick pass to 3 for a layup.
Option 4 is a give and go with 1 and 2. 4 quickly outlets to 1. 1 passes it to 2. 2 passes it back to 1 for a layup.
Option 5 is to pass it to 5 trailing on the weak side. 5 quickly outlets to 1. 1 passes it back to 5 for a layup.
This drill helps your team execute all the options on the fast break in a competitive setting. It’s also a simple way to teach your players to maintain offensive spacing in transition, get in the habit of running to the correct spots, and the drill serves as a conditioner.
Notice I say the word “quick” several times in the drill. Your team must be quick in making decisions to have an effective fast break offense.
If you want more information on the fast break, Breakthrough Basketball has a terrific DVD that discusses the ins and outs of the fast break. The DVD will give you tips to improve your team’s fast break.
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