Purpose:

To teach players how to seamlessly move from transition into our motion offense.

Setup:

Player 4 starts out of bounds with the ball, with Player 5 under the hoop, Player 2 and Player 3 on either wing, and Player 1 in between the short corner and the elbow looking for the ball.

Player 4 inbounds to Player 1, who dribbles and passes downcourt to Player 2, who finishes in transition.

Execution:

  • Player 4 inbounds the ball, passes to Player 1. Player 1 takes 1-2 dribbles and passes the ball downcourt to Player 2, who will catch, take one dribble and finish at the hoop.
  • Player 5 will do a rim run from one end of the court to the other, while the wings sprint down the sidelines and Player 4 trails.
  • After Player 2 finishes the layup, Player 4 will grab the ball out of the net and inbound to Player 1, continuing the drill.
  • Now, Player 3 will receive the pass downcourt.
  • The drill will continue like this, with a different player finishing on each trip down the court.
  • Player 5 will receive the next pass and finish, Player 1 will also finish a layup, and lastly, Player 4 to finish the drill.

Coaching Tips:

  • This is a great drill for players to challenge and really push themselves. They should be sprinting as hard as they can and making sure the ball never touches the ground – if it does, they have to restart the entire drill!
  • For an extra challenge, we can have our guards take jump shots instead of just laying the ball up at the hoop – this will add extra pressure for both the shooters and rebounders.
  • Challenge players to see who can put up the best times/scores!

Tips for Younger Athletes:

  • Emphasize the importance of accurate passing. Coaches should instruct younger players to focus on their target when passing, ensuring the ball reaches their teammate’s hands without too much force. This teaches precision and control, which are fundamental for developing good basketball habits.
  • Encourage proper layup technique. Younger players often struggle with layups, so coaches should focus on footwork and using the correct hand for layups on each side of the hoop. This helps in developing ambidexterity and spatial awareness around the basket.
  • Teach the importance of spacing and movement without the ball. Younger players should learn to move to open spaces on the court when they don’t have the ball. Coaches can use this drill to show how effective off-ball movement creates opportunities and opens up the court.

Tips for Older Athletes:

  • Introduce advanced finishing techniques. For more experienced players, coaches can encourage practicing reverse layups or using a floater to finish at the hoop. This not only improves their scoring ability under pressure but also prepares them for varied defensive situations.
  • Focus on transition defense principles. As players run the drill, coaches should emphasize the importance of quick transition to defense after the ball is scored. This includes sprinting back, communicating with teammates, and quickly identifying defensive assignments.
  • Incorporate decision-making skills. For older, more experienced players, coaches should challenge them to make quick decisions during the drill, such as choosing between a layup, a pass to a trailing player, or a pull-up jump shot. This helps in developing their basketball IQ and understanding of in-game situations.