One of the easiest ways for any team to make quick baskets is to get out in transition and assault the defence before they have time to get ready, and we have seen more and more teams at all levels of basketball follow this philosophy, or a version of it, after the popularity of the ‘Seven Seconds or Less’ offence of the Steve Nash and Mike D’Antoni Suns.

And despite getting a secondary or transition offence, if your players don’t grasp the fundamentals of transition basketball, run the lanes and move the ball forward, then it won’t matter how fantastic your offence is, it will improve the quality of shot that you get with each transition chance. Fullcourtbasketball

The drills help the players learn certain principles so that they know which lanes to run into when a defensive rebound or turnover is made, where to headman the ball, and how to attack the defence when they have a numerical advantage on the break.

The trick to a successful transition offence is to know when to do it!” This is generally initiated by players who can identify a poor defence or a game pace. But a transition offence isn’t going to be a good idea if the players running it don’t have a good ball control or are impatient.

There are three situations of transition basketball.

Free shot:

We sure have a law that supports our defence and we label it a free shot. If we get a steal, my squad will now be in a spot where my bench gets up and they will scream “Free shot” to the guy. That means that for us, this is an additional possession and we want to make sure we fire the ball.

Then the player gets a green light to go down and try to score. The other member will come down the court and sprint after him, looking to get on the defensive side in the event of a mistake, and they know better than the opponent does that the player is going to score.

Defensive rebound:

The second way we’re going to sprint is a defensive recovery. And on a defensive recovery, we’re going to run in a really quick 3-lane split. What we’re doing is having the forwards on the defensive boards as they have a rebound – if they don’t have a clean exit and if they haven’t been blocked up by the defence – we’re allowing them what we call a bust-out.

And we’re going to let the guy with the ball take the basketball, bring it up the court, look to drive it forward, throw it forward, or move it down into the foul line area. When we step it down, we’re going to play and concentrate on taking advantage of the mismatch and give the guys some freedom on their defensive stuff.

Fast Break on Scores

Our third condition is one that we don’t want to run for obvious reasons, but we want to be in a fast score break. However, during the games, we do not want to give up any field goals. So we’re just discouraging this as a means of playing. We name it a fast offence and when we’re in these conditions on the wrong shots or the field goals, we’re going to look and get ours soon.