If you’re looking for [tag]basketball coaching drills[/tag] that provide good cardio try this one. The emphasis for this drill is on going from offense to defense, filling the lanes and tandem defense in transition.

We run a 5 man weave starting with the point guard under the far end basket, the 2 and 3 on the same baseline just beyond each side’s lane demarcations and the 4 and 5 in the corners but about 2 steps forward onto the court.

Start with the 1 passing to the 2, the 2 to the 3, the 3 to the 4 or 5 (whomever is on the other side of the court), etc. No dribbling allowed. As in any weave after passing you run cross court behind the player you just passed it to and then turn up court. The [tag]basketball[/tag] moves up as quickly as possible, with crisp passing, for a layup. Then the player that scored and the player that assisted need to get back on defense in the tandem position on the other side of the court because the three players remaining retrieve the ball from the basket and run 3-2 fast break going the other way. Dribbling is allowed in this direction but it should be kept to a minimum.

Alternate the drill with two groups of 5, usually the starters in one group and each position’s main sub in the next group of five. Haven’t figured out how to make it into a competitive drill yet but it’s fun and a great workout.

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