Geno Auriemma is the current women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut. His resume includes 8 national championships and 8 National Coach of the Year awards. The drill below promotes transition basketball and focuses on passing while moving. Talking and leading your teammate down the floor with the ball is critical.
Athlete Movements: Each player must call out the name of the teammate he or she is passing to. Once the three players in the drill reach the opposite baseline, it is 3 vs. 0 coming back on offense. The player in the middle is the ball handler. The other two players in the drill are running the wings at full speed. It’s critical the ball handler gets from the baseline to the opposite top of the key in as few dribbles as possible. In other words, you must cover as much ground as you can with the least amount of dribbles. When the ball handler reaches the top of the key he will jump stop and bounce pass to one of the wings for a layup.
2) Good Passes Which Lead Your Teammates Down the Floor
3) Cover as Much Ground as You Can with One Single Dribble
4) Have a Goal for Makes in a Certain Amount of Time
Terry Layton is a highly respected basketball coach, scout, and consultant both here in the states and internationally. Internationally, most practice facilities are only limited to two baskets. So coaches try to use as many drills, which combine multiple areas of skill development at once. Coach Layton shows phase one of the “Chinese Drill.” With this single drill you can brush up on passing, screening, shooting, rebounding, spacing in transition, and defending the 2-on-1 break.
Player Movements: Three players begin the drill by passing along the baseline out-of-bounds. Those players then move to the perimeter, where a player will sprint into a wing ball screen. With this phase of the drill, the person using the ball screen throws the ball back to the screener, who is popping and spacing for a long jump shot. The passer and the third player (not involved in the ball screen) then go to the opposite side of the floor and battle for the rebound (most rebounds on a long jump shot will end up on the opposite side of the rim). The two players battling for the rebound then do a 2-on-1 break going the other way with the shooter in the drill being the lone defender back.
In the later phases of this drill (not shown) you can use a pick and roll where you hit the screener with a bounce or lob pass at the rim or the person using the ball screen shoots a step-back jump shot.
1) Solid Passing
2) Communication when passing
3) Sprint into a ball screen and the space properly when popping
4) When battling for the rebound, attack the other person’s arm
5) Spacing and converting on a 2-on-1 break
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Explosion and Full Court Drills from Around the World.” To view the latest video selections on Conditioning, click here.
Do you want to get your players to run the full court better on a make to score in transition? Xavier Head Coach, Chris Mack, provides the “Run the Circuit” drill to help create an up-tempo mentality for your squad. You will also see how adding the step up screen in transition will get the defense off balance to create high percentage shots on the run.
Player Movements: The drill begins with a quick outlet from the four player to the one player. Every possession you must begin with the quick outlet to the one guard. The 2 and 3 guard run on split sides up the sideline, with the 5 player executing a rim run.
Teaching Points: This drill continues for five possessions with each player touching the ball for a quick lay in each time. All possessions must be completed in a combined 28 seconds.
2012 Big 12 Co-Head Coach of the Year and former 10-year NBA veteran, Fred Hoiberg, believes that ball screens in transition are especially hard for teams to defend. The ‘Double Drag’ & ‘Double Pin Down’ allow for multiple scoring options and would be an effective call following a free throw.
Player Movements: The first option that Hoiberg demonstrates is the ‘Double Drag’ with scoring opportunities for the point guard to turn the corner with a shooter in the corner, a roll to the basket by the first screener, and a pop by the second screener with a subsequent 2nd ball screen.
The ‘Double Pin Down’ set is where the two screeners will set the ball screens then double down for the shooter in the corner, which promises an open look for a shooter. This option also includes a slip by the first screener.
Drill Tips: Make sure to keep proper spacing during the ‘Double Drag.’ For the ‘Double Pin Down’ it is important to have a good double screen and that the shooter slips right by the double screen for a jump shot or lay-up.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Fred Hoiberg: Transition Basketball with Six Secondary Break Sets.” To view the latest video selections on Fast Break Drills, click here.
2009-10 Basketball Times Rookie Coach of the Year, Chris Mack, shows you a Run the Circuit Drill which focuses on a fast tempo running of the floor while adding a screen. This is a great option to use in transition to create a quick, effective shot and get the defense off balance.
Player Movements: Coach Mack talks about the the implementation of the “Step Up” screen in order to create mismatches and gaps in the defense. Coach also explains the role of the trailer when the step up screen is initiated by the “5” player, or rim runner.
Drill Essentials: Anytime the trailer sees a screen coming in this situation, they need to go the opposite direction and create 15 to 17 feet of spacing.
Drill Tips: Make sure the post player who is setting the screen goes as deep as possible into the defense before cutting back and setting the step up screen.