Purpose: To practice the offensive fast break and the the decision-making and finishing skills required. Also to practice defending the fast break from a disadvantage in numbers.
Drill: Divide into two teams, one team on each sideline. The first three offensive players start at midcourt with one basketball. The first two defenders start in the lane.
The three offensive players attack the defenders until they score or turn the ball over. When the basketball is secured by the defense, those two players go on offense with the next player in their line joining them as an outlet.
As our diagram shows, O1, O2, and O3 are attempting to score against X1 and X2. As soon as they score or turn it over, X1 and X2 head the other way on offense. X3 joins them as their outlet and third teammate. O4 and O5 should already leave the sideline and be waiting on their defensive end.
Play for a specified timeframe or to a certain number of points. This can be a good competitive drill in that the losers are given a ‘punishment’ (push-ups, squat jumps, etc).
- Offense – The goal of the offensive team is get a good, quick shot and attack the offensive glass. They should also have a goal of not turning the ball over, especially since they have a 1-man advantage.
- Defense – The first defensive objective is to stop the ball and force the offense into as many passes as possible before the shot. If this was a real game situation, defensive help would be coming quickly.