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Here is the fast break philosophy and some exercises from a coach who has won championships here in Madrid…he uses this as a starting point to design all exercises and to build a habit of fast breaking.
- Dribble the ball out infront….hard to describe, similar to the dribbling technique this video clip shows at 3.20, how the ball is pushed straight forward then down with a flick of the wrist, this is the technique taught here for separation dribbles and speed dribbles…
The reason for pushing forward then down… the ball is coming is up vertically, as opposed to if it was pushed down at an angle and the ball is going away from you as it comes back up.
- Rebounders generate the advantage in a fast break, use of the dribble/ pass.
- Every player must sprint, this increases the offensive options….running creates easier baskets.
- Pass with 1 or 2 hands also no look passes.
- Never catch the ball, control with 1 hand only (hit the ball down to the floor) and lead step at the same time…controlling keeps the speed, stops the possibility of a travel.
- 1v1 in the full court, lead steps to get past defenders- you can slip by defenders, but cross steps are slower and more defensive…stops you playing in a straight line.
This coach spent 24 mins every session on players dribbling up and down court, 1v0…stutter steps, hops, lead steps, attack then retreat which ever…once they got to the 3 point line, they would pick up the ball- spin it out like a pass to themselves (imagining that they are receiving a pass) sprint and receive in motion, controlling the ball with one hand. Putting through legs, behind back or spinning with the first dribble…. all without catching. Then finish with a runner, hop lay up or avoidance step. Slow pace, learn the move.
- The rhythm of the dribble is different from the body.
It takes a lot of steps to run up court, but only 3-4 dribbles.
- Be aggressive in the full court as you don’t when your advantage will appear.
Here we see a pass ahead, into the corners, cut to the basket, continue through to other free throw extended, receive, dont catch- only control, don’t pause…keep momentum and attack the basket. You will be going away from the basket as you catch. Important to keep running to search for the advantage.
- Side line fast breaks only, ball can go to the middle, aslong as it comes back…or goes out to the other side.
Here we have a section on court that you cant dribble in, only catch/pass/shoot…still looks natural once players get used to it. Use cones or volleyball courts for a no dribble zone.
- Limit the amount of dribbles. Use more passes.
- 2 quick and safe passes, rather than one long pass…
- Make the fast break a habit!
These drills are simple, but, they are effective. He told me, once you write down your philosophy for the season, its easy to design the exercises, or alter exercises to suit you and your players. He also said that he likes to keep his exercises simple so the players can concentrate on the skill and not have to worry about the rotations etc.
This philosophy gives a lot of freedom and allows creativity…and he likes flashy players, so his games were always exciting to watch!
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