The following 7 coaching tips on the fast break come to us from Hall of Fame basketball coach, Jack Ramsay. Fast break and transition basketball is part of the game. These 7 tips and concepts will help guide you as you develop a better ability to teach and run the fast break. You don’t have to be a “fast-break team” to incorporate a fast-break offense … there are plenty of times during a basketball game that having the ability to transition quickly and effectively from defense to an attacking offense is necessary and beneficial.
Coach Jack Ramsay’s Coaching Tips on the Fast Break
- Analyze material to determine whether the team is capable of operating an efficient fast break.
- In analyzing material consider speed, ball-handling ability, rebounding strength, and most important of all, the ability of the middle man to handle the ball well in making the scoring play on the break.
- Drill on the four aspects of the break individually so that maximum efficiency in each is attained.
- Never allow team to force the fast break — but at the same time take advantage of all three-on-one, three-on-two, and three-on-three situations when they present a good opportunity to score.
- Make use of the five-on-five drill to firm up proper techniques and to establish good habits operative in the fast break.
- If the fast-break situations are not reaching expected point production, limit their use so that your team at least has possession of the ball and can operate its regular offensive pattern.
- The effective fast break requires well-conditioned personnel capable of sustained offensive and defensive effort. Practices must be geared to build stamina as well as the necessary skills.
Commonly known as “Dr. Jack”, Coach Jack Ramsay was possibly best known for coaching the Portland Trailblazers to the 1976-1977 NBA Championship. Dr. Jack was also widely known for his broadcasting work of NBA games. Ramsay was the seventh-winningest coach in NBA history, and a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.