Fastbreak Shooting Drill - 12 Players, 1 Hoop

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Purpose of the Drill:

This is a great drill that works on transition shooting, passing, conditioning, teamwork, and communication. Not to mention, there are some competitive tips to motivate your players to go full speed.

Many coaches will experience times where they need to get game-like shots up with limited baskets for a number of players. Here is a way that you can organize it so you can work on fast break shooting in an efficient manner for a large number of players. You can also use this same format for shots in your half-court offense.


  • 1 and 2 are the shooters.
  • 3 and 4 are the rebounders.
  • 5 holds the next ball for the passer.
  • 6 is the passer.
  • You can do this on both sides of the basket to have 12 players at one basket.
  • 1 and 2 start at half court.
  • 6 leads 1 into a shot on the perimeter which simulates a shot off of a fastbreak situation.
  • Shots can come from the wing or the corner.
  • 5 passes 6 the next ball.
  • 3 and 4 rebound the shot from 1 and pass it out to 5.
  • After 1 shoots, they sprint to the sideline and back to half court and start their next repetition.
  • 2 goes next.
  • This will continue over and over.
  • Have them shoot 6 to 10 shots, then rotate the next pair of shooters.
  • Shooters (1 and 2) become rebounders. Passers (5 and 6) become shooters. Rebounders (3 and 4) become passers.
  • After everybody shoots, switch sides.
  • You can also add a 3rd ball into the rotation to try to speed things up.
  • Variation: Passer From the Wing
  • This is another situation players will face coming from the break.

Points of Emphasis:

  • Sprint into the shot. Run back to half court.
  • Rebounders hustle after balls and get them to passers as soon as possible. Lazy rebounders and passers can slow down the drill tremendously.
  • Some progressions include - lay up and 1-dribble jump shot.

Motivation/Teaching Tips:

  • Competition - A problem with players is that they will get bored with a drill and not go full speed. As soon as you split them into two groups and declare that you want to see which group would make the most, the players will instantly go full speed.
  • I like to do "TIMED" competitions. So, I will put 2 minutes on the clock and rotate them every 40 seconds. That way, they do not take their time if you tell them to shoot 10 and rotate. When they rotate, I yell "Rotate" or blow my whistle. This also forces them to communicate and work as a team to hustle to their next spot. Also, have them yell out the number of makes they have after each basket, this helps prevent cheating. I also tell that if they do not touch half court, the basket does not count.
  • Bonus Round- For fun, sometimes, I will yell "Bonus Round" and they get two points for each basket made.


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Yehudi E.S John says:
2/15/2011 at 6:58:28 PM

Bill one of the first principles of offense should be take what the defense gives you....

Besides it is worth teaching different aspects of the game as coach Joe suggested...
Coaching my national youth team as proven to me that there are times when we have to get out of the normal [box] to achieve the success we are in search of.
[At times you are down and the clock is not so much in your favor and the threes are required ].

The drill is also great for you shooters that shoot best while on the move.


eras says:
2/11/2011 at 9:48:33 PM

effective shooting drill..


Joe Haefner says:
2/10/2011 at 4:40:09 PM

Bill, your goals on a fast break might different than another coach based on philosophy. Some coaches want to shoot 3s. I actually teach my teams to attack the basket for a lay up.

However, when the lane is not open, but you are open with the defense sagging off, an option would be to shoot. Also, you will see in the drill that we mention variations for a lay up and a 1-dribble pull up.

Maybe the order should be changed based on your philosophy. Maybe lay up should be the first progression followed by a 1-dribble jump shot and followed by the no-dribble shot.

And a pass is being thrown from the top or the wing.


Bill Branski says:
2/10/2011 at 4:08:17 PM

Shouldn't the goal on a fast break be to get a layup? Also, shouldn't passing be a part of the fast break?


Args says:
2/9/2011 at 7:32:19 PM

this looks like a very effective drill, espiecially when sharing gym time between two teams.


Lennox says:
2/9/2011 at 4:54:10 PM

Very helpful drills ...Great passing and shooting drills at a speed level.


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