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Basketball Fast Break Drills
1v1 Attack With Narrow Cones

This fast break drill will improve ballhandling, conditioning, dribble moves, and handling the ball in competitive situations. It will force the offensive player to make quick, explosive moves in tight spaces. It will also force the offensive player to be more efficient with their dribble and enhance their ability to drive in straight lines. It also forces the defense to learn how to guard in fast break situations.

The offensive player starts under the basket with the ball.

The defensive player starts at half court.

Cones are aligned on each side.

The offensive player dribbles at the defensive player and makes a dribble move to attempt to get by the defensive player. The offensive player then attempts to score.

If the offensive player dribbles outside the cones or loses the ball, they lose possession and the next group starts. Once the offensive player is past the cones, they can use the whole floor to score.

The offensive player's goal is to get by the defender as quickly as possible while driving to the basket in straight lines with the fewest amount of dribbles as possible.

After the shot, the defensive player secures the ball. The defensive player now becomes the offensive player and the next person in line slides out to half court to play defense. The player who just shot hustles to the end of the line.

The new offensive player then attacks the opposite goal and this drill continues.

2 Variations For Larger Groups:

The drill above would work great for 6 to 7 players. Once you start to have more players, here are two more variations that would help with larger groups.

Two lines are formed. The offense is under the basket. The defense is at half court.

On command, the offensive player dribbles at the defensive player and looks to score.

As soon as the first group passes the cones, the next group gets ready to go.

On command or when the player shoots, the next group starts.

After the shot, the defensive player stays at that basket with the basketball as the new offensive player. The offensive player sprints to the defense line at half court.

Once all of the players have went, the group starts again going the opposite direction.

This variation is great if you have 10 or more players.

The drill is the same as above, except now you do the drill on both sides of the court while dribbling at opposing baskets to avoid collisions.

After you complete a possession, the group goes to the opposite side of court and the defensive player is now on offense and the offensive player sprints to the defense line.

Related Pages & Helpful Resources

Competitive One on One Fast Break Drills - 1v1 Attack
5 on 3 + 2 - Fast Break Drills
How To Run The Basketball Fast Break Offense and Transition Offense - Philosophy, Offenses, Drills
Basketball Fast Break & Transition Drills - Full Court Drills
SKLZ Agility Cones - 20 2" cones

Recommended DVDs

Don Kelbick's Transition Offense and the Four-Second Fast Break
This DVD shows you how to build your fast break and transition offense step-by-step, so you can easily teach it during practice. It will also show you how to seamlessly transition into your half court offense to keep the defense scrambling. As every great defensive coach will tell you, they play their best defense when they have their 5 players back. This DVD will show you how to take advantage of the defense when they're not set and currently in transition. It also includes many fast break and transition drills that build mentality, aggressiveness, decision-making, and basketball skills. This DVD is 110 minutes long and neatly organized ... (more info)

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Coach Pack says:
4/25/2012 at 9:13:27 PM

How about two groups, one with two "zones" utilizing more lanes on the court with one group going one way and one the other?


Coach Chris says:
4/26/2012 at 4:34:59 AM

As a coach for 9-11 year olds (boys and girls) I find myself using the drills I get on here more and more frequently and my team does well with them. Being the age group that they are, they are easily distracted, so we do run 1-2 a night, depending on time. However, I love these drills, some I actually remember from school, but it's been a long time... lol Anyhow, thanks for making these drills available.


Ken says:
4/26/2012 at 8:56:56 AM

Coach -

I might suggest keeping the drills short, keep them moving from one drill / segment to another. Even high school kids get distracted if you stay on something to long.

The faster your practice moves the more they have to pay attention... and finish your practice with something they love to do... FUN things.

They will leave wanting to get back on the floor, they will go home and talk about you and how much fun they are having.


Tim S says:
4/26/2012 at 11:37:29 AM

Like the concept, but I think this is one of those drills with too many players watching. I'd definitely go to two sets the short way for this drill if I have 6 hoops. With just one set, then I have 2 playing and 9 watching at all times.


Joe Haefner says:
4/26/2012 at 12:21:46 PM

Thank you for the suggestions, Coach Pack and Tim. I agree. Once you get more than 7 or 8 kids, there is too much standing.

I will post your suggestions with new diagrams for coaches with less baskets and higher number of players.

Thank you for your input!


Jeff says:
11/2/2012 at 1:39:00 PM

The defensive player in this you have them retreat as the offensive player attacks them? Or are they just trying to stop the ball at half court then sprint back if beaten?


Joe Haefner says:
11/2/2012 at 2:20:14 PM

Jeff, I have never specified when working with a team or a group.

When I work with kids 1v1 and use the drill, personally I try to mix it up to give the player different looks. I'll vary between being aggressive, going for a steal, and retreating to play defense.

Maybe you tell your defense to do the same. Tell them to mix it up. Tell them to:
- Go for the steal.
- Play straight up.
- Retreat.


Ken says:
11/2/2012 at 8:12:33 PM

You might try this as another option, take a charge.... at the very least in games, you will stop the play.


Jeff says:
11/5/2012 at 3:05:12 PM

Thanks Joe.

Love the site and apprecaite all of the resources.


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