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Basketball Drills - Full-Court Transition Offense Drills

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These drills can help your running game and conditioning. Also read Transition Offense.

Piston Full-Court Drill

This full court drill emphasizes the speed dribble and lay-up, defensive hustle, and conditioning.

Pair up, each player has a partner, and each twosome has a ball. The first twosome on each end start 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 and goes in hard for the lay-up. O1, after making the in-bounds pass, becomes a defensive player and sprints the length of the floor, and tries to catch up, and get ahead of O2, and prevent the lay-up. The shooter O2 then grabs the rebound, steps out of bounds and the roles are reversed for going back up the floor, on the opposite site of the court.

The next twosome in line starts when the first twosome reaches half court. The drill is continuous, no stopping. The idea is to teach the defender to sprint and pursue the offensive player.

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. You can also run this drill from the half-court line.

Piston drill Pitch and Fire drill


"Pitch 'n Fire" Full-Court Drill

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.

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


"Pitch 'n Fire" to Z-Drill

This drill starts with the pitch and fire and finishes with the full-court Z-drill. In diagram A, O1 tosses the ball off the back-board, rebounds and makes the outlet pass to O2 on the wing. O2 dribbles the length to the free-throw line, and bounce-passes to O1 cutting hard down the sideline and to the hoop for the lay-up.

O2 gets the ball out of the net, and O1 immediately gets up on O2 as the defender. This is an important point as pressing teams must learn to immediately think "defense" as soon as the basket is made. O2 and O1 then run the Z-drill up the right half of the floor with O2 trying to speed dribble around O1, and O1 trying to stop and turn O2 as many times as he/she can. O1 then goes to the outlet line while O2 goes to the start (back-board) line.


transition offense drill - Pitch 'n Fire to Z-Drill transition offense drill - Pitch 'n Fire to Z-Drill

Here's the drill from Don Showalter (this drills starts at 1:54 in the video).


These next two drills were submitted by Coach Ken Sartini, Arlington Heights, IL.

Rebound-Outlet-Break Drill

See the diagrams. O2 throws the ball off the glass, rebounds and outlets to O1. O2 then fills the lane, and will shoot the layup at the opposite end. After making the lay-up on the opposite end, O2 sprints to the outlet spot on the wing for the trip back.

On the first trip, O1 cuts to the ball for the outlet pass, dribbles to the elbow, jump stops, and bounce-passes to O2. O1 then rebounds and makes the outlet pass to O2. On the return, O1 fills the lane, and gets the pass from O2 for the lay-up.


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Pepper-Runner Drill

See the diagrams. There are three lines, three lanes in this drill. O1 and O2 sprint up the floor, passing back and fourth (four passes). O1 and O2 should sprint, not shuffle, up the floor. O3 is the runner on the opposite side, and gets bounce-pass for the layup. The pass should always come from the top (not the opposite side) and should be a bounce-pass.

After the lay-up O2 and O3 cross underneath the basket to the opposite sides. Now O1 and O3 pass back and forth on the return trip up the court. O2 is the runner and gets the pass for the lay-up. Passers should yell the receiver's name, and everyone yells "shot".


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There are other similar fast-break passing drills that you can use... see 2-on-0, 2-on-1, 2-on-2 Fast-Break Drills,the Full-Court Weave Drills, Transition Offense Drills, 4 on 4 Transition, Rebound-Outlet-Break Drill, Laker Drill, War Drill, 4-on-4-on-4.



Another great drill - "Two Minutes of Hell" - from coach Brenda Freese's
All-Access Maryland Women's Basketball Practice



Helpful DVDs:


Roy Williams: Tar Heel Offense & Transition Drills
Roy Williams: Tar Heel Offense & Transition Drills
with Roy Williams, University of North Carolina Head Coach; 2009 and 2005 NCAA Champions.
  • Explore the secrets of the Tar Heel offense with four-time National Coach of the Year, Roy Williams
  • Get easy baskets using this tournament-tested transition offense.
  • Discover drills to improve your primary and secondary breaks.
  • This offensive system guided North Carolina to 90.2 points per game in 2009.
Many of Roy Williams' current beliefs were developed in his early days of coaching high school basketball in North Carolina. This basketball DVD will illustrate the "Tar Heel Running Game" with the use of players in an impressive on-court demonstration. This style relies on running the floor and sharing the ball with teammates. Advantages of this style are that the running game negates the defense's ability to get set, which leads to many easy baskets. Coach Williams covers his three offensive rules against a set defense... (more info)

Price: $39.99
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Billy Donovan: 10 Aggressive Transition & Conditioning Drills
Billy Donovan: 10 Aggressive Transition & Conditioning Drills
with Billy Donovan, University of Florida Head Coach; 2007 & 2006 NCAA Champions, 2000 NCAA Runner-up; One of only two people ever to serve as head coach, assistant coach, and player in a Final Four.
Coach Donovan uses on-court demonstration to provide a unique insight into his effective transition attack. Donovan's renowned "Gator-Up Tempo Game" has been instrumental in developing nationally ranked teams at both Marshall and Florida. Donovan describes each player's responsibilities for creating fastbreak scoring opportunities off both made and missed baskets. He supports his instruction with breakdown drills to reinforce proper timing and spacing to help you run the fastbreak successfully... (more info)

Price: $39.99
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Bruce Weber: Competitive Games & Drills for Transition Basketball
Bruce Weber: Competitive Games & Drills for Transition Basketball
with Bruce Weber, University of Illinois Head Coach; 2005 NCAA Runner-Up. Coach Weber begins by differentiating between a "run and gun" and "run and score" mentality. He sees the offensive transition game as a way to ease the pressure off your half court offense to manufacture points. Weber starts with basic one-on-one drills and then builds into more game-like situation. When teaching the fast break, there are four main focus areas: warm-up, primary drills, early offense and competitive play. Drills include three-man fast break, 5-0 conditioning, speed lay-ups, three-man weave, 3-on-3 transition defense drill and 3-on-3 box out and transition. The 20-point game is Weber's favorite competitive drill. This is a full court 3-on-3 drill that also serves as a great conditioner. (more info)

Price: $39.99
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Tom Izzo: The Numbered Fastbreak
Tom Izzo: The Numbered Fastbreak
with Tom Izzo, Michigan State University Head Coach; 2000 NCAA Champs, 3X National "Coach of the Year".
  • Learn the numbered fast break from three-time National Coach of the Year, Tom Izzo
  • Tactics for having a successful fast break
  • Two- and three-man drills are first step in building a productive fast break
Coach Tom Izzo believes in scoring quickly by pushing the ball up the floor. The numbered break puts each player in a position to score. Izzo stresses that this fastbreak limits turnover and confusion by players. Two- and three-man drills are the first step in building a productive fast break. These drills can serve as a warm-up and are good for conditioning. Other drills... (more info)

Price: $39.99
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