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Basketball Transition Drills - Numbers

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I use this drill to teach players how to recognize when to run a fast break and when to run our secondary break.


Have one team line-up across the foul line extended

Have team 2 line up facing team 1 along the baseline

The team on the baseline is the offensive team once the drill begins

The coach throws the ball to a player on the baseline and calls out a single number or any combination of the numbers 1 -5 (ex. 12)

- When the coach calls out the number(s) those defensive players have to touch the baseline before getting back on defense

- In the example the 1 guard and 2 guard would have to touch the baseline before returning to defense

If the offense scores either by running a fast or secondary break the drill stops and resets -- however if the defense stops or gets a rebound they can run one of the breaks depending on the numbers

The drill stops and resets when someone scores

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This drill is excellent for teaching the secondary break concept - I teach my players that if three or more people are back on D - then we 'flatten out' into our secondary - if two or less is back we attack the basket in a 3 on 2 or 2 on 1 situation

This provides a scrimmage situation while you still accomplish working on the secondary break




Numbers recognition


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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