|Drill Nickname||Transition Buildup|
|Central focus of the drill||Transition|
|Number of players required||10|
|Most appropriate age range(s)||High School, College or Above|
- Teams will always be attacking the same basket.
- O1 will shoot a 1 and 1.
- X1 and X2 will be rebounders.
We generally put emphasis on two basic rules during this drill:
- If you have an open shot, shoot it! The offensive team will always have the rebounding advantage in a +man situation as well as having momentum going towards the basket.
- If the ball can be advanced up the floor or swung to the across the basket line to the weak side, do it!
- O1 will shoot the 1 & 1. On a rebound or two made baskets O1 becomes a defender and X1 and X2 become offense. X1 and X2 will immediately inbound or outlet as quickly as possible pushing down the floor for a 2 on 1.
- On any defensive rebound or made basket, O2 and O3 become live players. They push down the court 3 on 2.
- Next possession, X3 and X4 become live players. They push 4 on 3.
- Next possession, O4 and O5 become live players. They push 5 on 4.
- The drill finishes with each team getting one trip down the court 5 on 5.
- We then swap sides, with X1 starting the buildup shooting a 1 & 1.
- Having players be comfortable shooting an open shot. Far too often players think about shooting and it takes them out of their natural shooting rhythmn. It's also common for a player with an open shot, having space on his defender, to drive into the defender and shoot. The drill promotes taking an open shot at 15 feet instead of a contested shot at 10.
The emphasis on shooting the open shot can vary based upon the talents of your team. In a man advantage situation it's always preferable to get a shot at the rim but in some cases the player may be passing up a an open shot at 10-15ft to take a contested one at 5ft. Offensive rebounding ability should also be a factor as a shot taken with a man advantage will also lead to offensive rebounding opportunities. Adjust this to the style and talents of the players you are coaching.
- Always advancing or skipping the ball when possible. Changing sides of the floor makes the defense shift and advancing the ball is the quickest method of transition.
- Speed and reaction time is imperative for this drill particularly in getting a quick outlet/inbound. The intent is to make players comfortable in a chaotic and fast paced transition environment.