Skill development is an essential part of building a successful program. The ability to fine tune and introduce your athletes to new skills and reinforce old skills are key to continual success. Iowa State University Head Coach, Fred Hoiberg, is one of the top coaches that does just that. In this drill, Coach Hoiberg stresses outlet passing and utilizing quick passes to advance the ball quickly and efficiently up the floor. This is a great drill to help build your transition offense and develop a great sense of awareness on the court in transition. It also stresses proper footwork when pulling up in transition for a mid to long range jump shot.
Athlete Movement: Two players start at the opposite end of the floor as passers as the first group of three transition down the floor. Once the pass is advanced for a layup, the two players on the other end quickly pass their ball to a teammate for a pull up jumper. Those players then quickly pass and advance down the floor as the player who made the transition layup makes his first outlet pass up the floor. The process continues for four minutes and fifteen seconds and a goal of points is established such as 120.
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In the latest team development feature, learn a pair of proven offensive techniques that will improve your team’s overall transition game. Follow along with Sinclair (OH) head men’s basketball coach Jeff Price as he reveals ways to use back screens and post entry passes to net easy baskets while on the move.
Two Man Transition Shooting
While often a second option on transition, this is a terrific technique to get off high percentage shots down low. Begin by setting up two lines of players. Players will fly in from half court. One line will go straight to the corner and the other will go to the low block. Next, there’s a post entry from the corner to the low block. Immediately after, there’s a strong post move and shot attempt.
Also, you can also use both sides of the court at the same time to get more reps and different looks at the basket.
Keys: Really have your players work on post moves during their individual drill time. Be sure they stay high on the block as well. Meanwhile, it’s also important to maintain proper spacing. Otherwise, the techniques won’t be as effective.
Back Screen Jumper
Moving forward with the transition offense, lets now simulate moving the ball in reversal. We can also incorporate trailers and back screens. The goal here is to get a back screen for an alley oop chance. Second, we will look for a step-back jumper.
By getting the ball to the corner, we have flattened out the defense. Now it should be an advantage for us. Once the ball is reversed, we want to go down and sit on the block before coming up and setting a back screen at the top of the key. The trailer will cut off of it and head straight to the rim. After setting the screen, the screener will pop out, receive a pass, and hit a jump shot.
Coaching Points: Don’t have your players up top always be in a hurry. Make sure to wait for the player to get set up prior to passing the ball. Also, be shot ready once you have made the screen. As we mentioned previously, maintain good spacing.
Current UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma is a huge advocate of drill work that translates from practice to the game. In the latest team development feature, learn how to be a force offensively via transition while playing to create more possessions. The following drills and concepts are frequently used by Auriemma and the Huskies, who are fresh off winning the 2013 NCAA National Championship.
Transition Offense Mentality
The overall idea with this transition offense is to move fast. For instance, as soon as ball comes out of the net, your squad should be off and running. Coach Auriemma wishes that more offenses ran this way and carried this mentality. It really makes the kids play where all five players are involved. The bigs are involved and the guards are creating. This is real basketball.
Fast Break Drill
In terms of implementing this strategy/mentality, we can begin by putting our offense together. Start with a point guard, two wing players, and two bigs down low. The drill starts with a coach throwing the ball off the glass. Next, one big guy will rebound it and the other guy will run the floor. As for the player who doesn’t get it, it’s their job to beat the guy who’s guarding them down the floor. If they do, his teammates will pass it to them and they’ll get a basket.
After the rebound, there’s an immediate outlet pass to the wing. Kick it ahead again and then throw the ball down low to the sprinting big man for a layup. This is exactly how Coach Auriemma teaches all of his team’s options off the fast break.
There are a number of things you can do out of the transition break. First, look to pass to the wing player as you are coming down the floor. Once within the half-court area, look inside while the original passer cuts to the corner.
Now, the trailer comes into play. You can hit him with a pass up top, look inside, reverse the ball, and then the original trailer and farside wing player can set a double screen in the corner. The corner player comes off of it to the top. So now you are looking for a quick post up and a jump shot up top right out of transition.
From here, you can go with a ‘High/Low‘ scenario where one big man screens across for the other, he flashes to the ball, receives it, and then passes high to low to the other big for a layup or lob play.
In the latest team development feature, pick up two highly valuable drills to help improve your squad’s overall transition game. With Sinclair (OH) head men’s basketball coach Jeff Price as your guide, you’ll learn how to utilize post entry passes and weakside curls to beat the defense while playing fast-paced basketball.
Drill Overview: Start at half court with two players. The ball handler will first pass the ball to a coach and then sprint to the corner. The dribbler will then get the ball back in the corner and make a post entry to a teammate on the block. Next, the guard will sprint baseline and the post player will pass to him on the baseline during the cut. This must be a bounce pass.
Full Court: Now watch this drill (below) live in action going 5 on 0 from a free throw transition. As for a little wrinkle, throw in a skip pass to the baseline cutter. It’s essentially the same as before except now the guard will pass cross-court to the opposite wing for the baseline cut and layup.
Tips: For this drill, keep your bigs high on the block. Make sure that they stay high so they don’t come down and stop our baseline cut. It also gives them a chance to make a good post move and be a threat and not one dimensional.
Drill Overview: Now let’s incorporate our trailer. This is perfect for those situations when we want to go with the hot hand and we can use the trailer to get a good clean look on transition. The drill starts with a quick pass to the coach by the guard and then a down screen. The guard on the wing being screened for will then curl for the jumper.
Tips: Come off screen shoulder to shoulder. Also, be sure to open up after the screen. Good fundamentals are key here. Elevate in the lane as you are coming off screen to simulate game-type shots.
We finish up with a full-court simulation starting with a typical free throw transition break.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Comprehensive Guide to Transition Offense” featuring Jeff Price. To check out more transition offense and fast break basketball videos, visit our basketball library.
Give your transition game a boost with this effective 5 v 4 fast break drill. Follow along as Cortland women’s head lacrosse coach Kathy Taylor breaks down the action via whiteboard before heading out to the field for live simulations. This is a terrific drill to practice team finishing and working against defensive pressure in a fast break setting.
The drill starts at the restraining line with the midfielders. Imagine that your middie has broken free and is now ahead of their opposing midfielder. Meanwhile, you should have four other attack players lined up. The goal is to keep the ball ahead of the other middie, who is currently behind us and catching up to the play.
With a 5 on 4 situation, we have a numbers advantage and have the defense matched up. Therefore, the midfielder with the ball must force one of the defenders to make a decision quickly. However, executing here is easier said than done.
Far too often, ball carriers hold on to the ball far too long. As soon as the defense makes any kind of commitment, put that ball into the respective attacker’s stick. Move through the space and look for the pass right back for a give and go and a shot. If it doesn’t work, keep moving the ball ahead of the defensive slides. There will be a player open.
Practice finding that open player and attacking. But remember, keep the ball ahead of the pressure and make quick decisions. You only have a few seconds until the numbers return to even again.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Building Your Team’s Transition Game” with Kathy Taylor.” To check out more videos featuring specific offensive systems, visit our lacrosse video library.