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Basketball Transition Drills - 2 on 1 Fast break

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Form two equal lines about five feet above the top of the key (offense). Players face the basket. A third line is formed at the base of the basket (defense). One defender moves up just short of the foul line. The object is to teach the two offensive players how to perform a two on one fast break. It also teaches the defender how to defend a two on one.


The two offensive players begin push passing the ball back and forth as they run toward the basket (no dribbling is allowed until the player with the ball shoots or determines to set up the offense). Their job is to keep the defender off guard with quick, crisp passing. The defender must decide whether to back up and wait for a last second chance to challenge one shooter or to attempt to steal the ball. What usually happens is the defender eventually realizes that he has to make a stand before the two offensive players get to close to the basket. The offensive players have to decide 1) when to hold the ball and drive to the basket, 2) fake a pass to pull the defender out of position and then drive, 3) pull up and take a short jumper, or, if the play breaks down, 4) setup and run the offense.

Number of Players:

Can be done with 6, but 9+ are recommended


Speed has to be enforced. The offensive players have to move with determination, usually there are four other opponents running down to help stop the fast break. He who hesitates is lost. It is critical for the offensive player not to lose sight of the fact that fast breaks fail. They have to be smart enough to realize that and not turn the ball over trying to force a bad play.


Drill can be performed as a 3 on 2 as well.


Passing, decision making, shooting and defense


This basketball drill is licensed under a Creative Commons License. This drill is from Pål Degerstrøm at www.degerstrom.com/basketball.

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