Basketball Systems, Skills & Drills


Two teams, 2-on-1, 3-on-2, 4-on-3, 5-on-4, then 5-on-5.

1 starts play with a free throw against X1 and X2, who rebound then attack 2-on-1 the other way against 1 (who can rebound the free throw and score).
Bob Hurley - start with a 2-on-1 (or free throw), attackers can toss the ball off the backboard. It's a one-shot drill. One team starts 2-on-1 for two minutes, then the other team, keep score, the winners validate with a free throw.

On a stop or score, 1 attacks with 2 and 4 in a 3-on-2 against X1 and X2.

When that attack is over, X3 and X4 come on to join X1 and X2 in a 4-on-3 attack against 1, 2 and 4. The next attack will be 5-on-4 by team O as 3 and 5 come on. Then X5 comes on for a 5-on-5 attack by team X.

Team X starts play with a free throw in the next round.


- go 5-on-5 until a score, or first team to score twice
- coach at each end, who must be passed the ball by the new attackers on each change of possession
- inbound after a make
- only one attacker joins on each stop or score, creating 2-on-2, 3-on-2, 3-on-3, etc.
- start with a 1-on-1.
See Transition - Winnipeg.
Brian McCormick - 2-on-1 (fullcourt), 3-on-2, 4-on-3, 5-on-4, then 5-on-5 until a score, flip-flop teams.
Herb Brown - fullcourt 2 on 1, 3 on 2, 4 on 3, 5 on 4, 5 on 5, play each possession to a stop or score.
Mads Olesen - 2-on-1, one shot only, outlet, then 3-on-2, 4-on-3, 5-on-4, 5-on-5 to a stop or score.
Fabian McKenzie - Cincy - start with a free throw then 2-on-1, 3-on-2, 4-on-3, start over with new groups.
Mike Jones - start with a free throw, at 5 on 5 play until one team scores.
Greg Kampe - pro drill - free throw to 2 on 1, 3 on 2, 4 on 3, 5 on 4 (5 on 5). It's pick-up, players love it. Can put in rules, e.g., no shot until the ball goes inside the pack line, or into the post, or is driven into the key.

Bob Huggins

Start practice with 2-on-1, 3-on-2, 4-on-3 (inbounds a make), can work up to 5-on-5 and run a secondary break. Stop and run the defenders if they give up a layup. Losers run the point difference in suicides.

Also do 4-on-3, 5-on-4, 5-on-5 starting with a foul shot.

(Variation - for international rules, start with a 3-on-3 foul shot, then go 4-on-3, 5-on-4, 5-on-5, shown)

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