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Basketball Transition Drills - 5-man break

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This is a five on zero transition drill, run from a defensive free throw alignment. It teaches the kids to sprint the floor, to always look up when they catch, and to keep the ball moving quickly. Though it is run from a free throw situation, it is not necessarily a play to be run after a FT, though it can be. Instead it teaches kids the concept of the break and is a great conditioner.


Coach is ready to shoot the ball at the FT line. The 1 and 2 are closest to the coach on opposite sides of the line. The 3,4,and 5 are in the positions closer to the hoop. When the coach shoots the drill goes, full-court and back, until the team has made ten lay-ups.

The 1 and 2 have these responsibilities: 1)Go to opposite outlet spots 2)If you catch it, hit the other guard running from his outlet spot to mid-court 3) If you don't catch it on the outlet sprint to the middle, catch it and pass ahead to the man (3,4,or5) sprinting for the lay-up. After this the 1 and 2 sprint to the outlets on the other end and keep repeating the process.

The job of 3,4,and 5 is: 1) If you shoot the ball on one end sprint to the other end to rebound it and hit an outlet man. 2) If you rebound it, outlet the ball to 1 or 2 and go to half-court in a wide lane. You wait and when the ball comes back your way you sprint the lane back to the basket you rebounded from, catch the pass from 1 or 2 and lay it in one stride without dribbling or traveling. Then, since you just shot it go to the other end, rebound and keep repeating the process.

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This drill is nonstop sprinting and goes until ten consecutive made baskets. If one is missed, start the drill over with the same five.

Make the 1 and 2 get all the way to the outlets every time, make good passes ahead and sprint hard to the middle. Make the shooters (3,4,and5)go all the way to 1/2crt. after the rebound and outlet and emphasize finishing without dribbling. Also, when the drill is first started, the runner(3,4,or 5) who rebounded the FT goes to half court while the other two sprint the floor to see who will get the pass to shoot and who will have to rebound.

When run right, the ball never touches the floor during this drill.

If the rebounder can't get to the ball before it hits the ground we start over. This keeps people sprinting and makes the drill a conditioner.

This drill is pretty to watch but tough to finish in one try the first couple times and will challenge the kids. We use it at the end of practice sometimes to trick the kids into conditioning. With the rest of the team cheering and waiting to run the drill themselves, when it is done the kids usually walk out of practice feeling good.




running the lanes, looking up and hitting the open man, finishing with pressure


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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