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Basketball Transition Drills - Back-Tip Drill

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Description:

Two defensive players try to tip ball from dribbler to 3rd defender ahead, and quickly convert to offensive players.

Instructions:

3 players face coach on baseline, standing shoulder to shoulder about 5-6 ft. inside court. A 4th player is at half court. Coach passes ball to middle player, who turns and dribbles down the court while being chased by the other two. Each Chasing player tries to 'run through the leather', tipping the ball ahead. The 1/2 court defender 'bluffs and fakes' while the dribbler approaches, trying to slow him down aiding his defensive teammates. Once the tip is made the 1/2 court defender scoops up he ball (like a shortstop) and the three defenders now become offensive players. The goal might be to have a team go through this making 5, 10, 12, etc. conversions to scores in a row.

Number of Players:

4

Tips:

1/2 court defender MUST 'bluff and fake', NOT be caught flat-footed. His job is to slow the dribbler, or cause him to hesitate.

Chasing defenders must NOT reach or extend their upper bodies, but rather place hands down palms up and 'Run through the leather'.

Once the ball is loose, possession must first be gained by the 1/2 court defender. Then with quick reaction (no more than 2 dribbles) he must pass ahead to his teammates (now on offense). We remind our players that if 'we steal it, we pass it'.

Variations:

Have the initial passer be a player trailing the dribbler, who becomes a defender with the dribbler, when the ball is tipped ahead. This allows the defense-offensive players to attack 3 on 2.

Skills:

Making transition quickly

Copyright:

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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