Improving your team’s transition passing
The following drills will assist your players in running the floor and work on passing and catching in the transition element of the game.
DIAGRAM 1: Position your players on the floor as shown in the diagram with players 1, 2, 9 and 10 with a basketball. The drill starts when 1 passes to 6 then sprints up court. 6 passes back to 1, who immediately passes to 7 and continues up court. 7 passes back to 1, then 1 passes to 8. When 8 passes back to 1, 1 dribbles in and shoots a right-hand layup.
At the same time, 9 follows the same pattern passing to 14, 15 and 16 then shoots a right-handed layup.
Both 1 and 9 get their own rebound and do the same thing down the other side.
A key to rotation — after 9 goes by the second time 6 follows the pass to player 7’s position. Player 7 follows the pass to replace 8. 8 goes to the end of the line. The same rotation occurs on the other side 14 to 15, 15 to 16, and 16 to the end of the line. Player 3 must replace player 6, and player 11 must replace 14 on the initial pass.
DIAGRAM 2: Player 1 dribbles down court and shoots an uncontested layup. When player 1 passes half court, defensive players X1 and X2 sprint to the half-court circle to slap hands then run to the baseline around the cones. Player 1 gets the rebound and dribbles back to the other end. After running around the cones the two defenders sprint back to set up a 1-on-2 situation.
DIAGRAM 3: If player 1 scores ahead of the defense or loses possession off a steal or back tip, players X1 and X2 now become the offense and attack the other end on a 2-on-1 situation. After X1 or X2 scores or loses possession the drill starts over with 2 going full court and X3 and X4 slapping hands on defense after 2 passes half court.