Transition & Conditioning Drill
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.
- 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.
- The coach starts the drill by shooting the ball.
- 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.
- As this happens, Player 1 sprints down the court.
- 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.
- 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.
- As Player 1 shoots the lay up, Player 2 sprints and touches the baseline. Then, Player 2 turns and sprints down the court.
- Player 5 rebounds the lay up and outlets to Player 3. Player 5 replaces Player 3's spot.
- 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.
- As Player 2 shoots the lay up, Player 3 sprints and touches the baseline. Then, Player 3 turns and sprints down the court.
- Player 6 rebounds the lay up and outlets to Player 4. Player 6 replaces Player 4's spot.
- 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.
- Continue the process over and over.
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
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