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Basketball Drill - "Pitch 'n Fire" Full-Court Drill

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This offensive drill emphasizes full-court offensive transition skills and conditioning. Players will use the speed dribble, jump stop, passing and receiving on the move, and the lay-up. The re-bounder is taught to get the ball out of the net (after the basket is made) and get the ball in-bounds quickly.

Setup:
Pair up, each player has a partner, and each twosome has a ball.

The Drill:
The first twosome starts with one player (O2) sprinting up to the wing and other (O1) passing in-bounds quickly to O2. The O2 speed dribbles the length of the court to the free throw line, and passes off to O1, who has cut full-speed up the sideline, and then 45 degrees to the hoop, for the lay-up.

The non-shooter (O2) grabs the rebound out of the net, before it can hit the floor, steps out of bounds and passes quickly into O1, who is now on the opposite wing, and they repeat the same drill going back up the floor on the opposite side of the floor.

The next twosome in line starts when the first twosome reaches half court. The drill is continuous, no stopping.

Pointers:
1. Stress that the re-bounder quickly snatch the ball out of the net and get it in-bounds, while his/her partner should be ready for the reception on the wing.

Pitch and Fire drill

2. The dribbler speed dribbles and comes to a jump stop before making the bounce pass for the lay-up.

3. The shooter receives the pass on the move, makes the jump stop to get control, and lays the ball in off the glass.

4. This is a good conditioning drill!

Option:
Reverse the direction so that the players have to go up the left side of the court, speed dribbling and making the layup with the left hand.



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