5-man, continuous fast break drill
Reasons for running the “continuous” break
- Excellent for shooting layups at full speed.
- Excellent for passing as chest, bounce and baseball passes are required.
- Excellent for conditioning.
Rules and rotation of players
- Shooter goes back to the half court line on the same side they shot from.
- Rebounder goes to half court line on the side they pass the ball to.
- The player that passes to the shooter pivots in the corner, sprints down sideline and shoots at opposite basket.
- The shooter should always use the backboard.
- The players returning to half court should run back and touch the line with their foot.
- No fumbled passes.
- The ball should touch the floor only when bounced to the shooter.
*This is diagrammed for a right-hand layup. It can be run on either side. Just start 3 players on shooting side with 2 players on opposite side.
DIAGRAM 1: The drill starts with an alignment of three players on the right side and two players on left side. 1 has the ball, 2 breaks to the free-throw line and receives a chest pass from 1. 1 will receive bounce pass from 2 and shoot a layup. 3 rebounds while not letting the ball hit the floor.
DIAGRAM 2: After a bounce pass, 2 pivots in the corner, sprints down the sideline behind 4 and shoots a layup at the opposite basket. 3 makes a baseball pass to 4 and goes to that side while 1 returns to the side they shot from.
DIAGRAM 3: After receiving a pass from 3, 4 throws a chest pass to 5, who throws bounce pass to 2, who shoots a layup.
DIAGRAM 4: After bounce passing to 2, 5 pivots in the corner, sprints down the sideline behind 1 and becomes the next shooter. 4 rebounds, throws a baseball pass to 1 and goes to the side that he passed to. 2 then returns to the side that he shot from.
We’ve run this break at the start of practice for a warm-up drill and at the end of practice for conditioning. Sometimes we give players 2 minutes to make a certain number of shots. Sometimes we give players a certain number to make in a row.