Newsletter #183

April 1, 2020


Today's Quote:   "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." - John F. Kennedy

Today's Theme... 2-on-1 Continuous Transition Drill

This full-court drill emphasizes transition offense and defense, conditioning, passing and catching on the move, 2-on-1 offense and 1-on-2 defense.

Divide into two teams, one on each sideline (diagram A).  Blue has the ball with two players at half-court, and one defender (yellow) in the paint. They pass back and forth quickly until they reach the 3-point arc and then attack the defender 2-on-1.

The ball-handler reads the defender and either attacks for a lay-up or a foul. Or if the defender comes up, he passes to his teammate cutting to the hoop. A second defender starts on the sideline. Once the ball is beyond half-court he/she sprints out, touches the middle of the court, and sprints back to help the lone defender. The offense must attack quickly before that defender evens the odds at 2-on-2. The lone defender must try to delay or stop the offense.

2-on-1 transition

If the offense scores or gets fouled, they get one point. After a made basket, or a change of possession (turnover or missed shot), the defenders are now on offense (diagram B) and speed-dribble and pass back and forth up the floor and attack the defender on the opposite end. And so it goes, back and forth up the court, non-stop. Each team keeps their score. We usually play to 10 or 12 (depending on time)... losers run.

possession change

Rotation:  On a change of possession, the previous two offensive players (blue) go to the back of their team's line on the sideline (diagram C). While play is going on at the opposite end, the last player in yellow's line becomes the next solo defender. The first person in the yellow line will be the trailing defender sprinting out from half-court.


Offense Tips:  In the 2-on-1 situation, the player with the ball  should be aggressive and attack the hoop for a lay-up or foul, with the pass as the second option. Don't settle for an outside jump shot. Usually an "in-and-out" dribble move, or a "rocker-step, hesitation" move are good for attacking, but not a cross-over as this brings him/her right into his own teammate... we want to keep the balance on both sides.

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