Basketball Systems, Skills & Drills

Fast breaks
Petitgoue simplified break

Jerry Petitgoue

A simplified numbered fast break for youth. Why fast break?
- create quick, easy baskets and high-percentage shots
- put pressure on the defence
- better conditioning
- kids love it
- prepare them to play at the high-school level.

Keys to success
- sprint every time
- always outlet to the point guard
- be quick but don't hurry (always in control)
- the point guard takes one or two dribbles, looks to hit an open player, if there's no one open after two dribbles, he keeps the ball and gets into the secondary break
- repetitions.

They run after a made basket or a miss, and probably run better after a make. 4 and 5 are interchangeable except after a made basket, 4 grabs the ball as quickly as possible, takes it out, clears the backboard, makes a baseball pass (a chest pass is too easy to intercept), 1 gets to the foul-line extended (not closer to the baseline).

2 runs wide on the right, 3 runs wide on the left, 5 runs up the middle then posts up ballside (sit in the post), 2-3-5 look over their inside shoulder once they get to halfcourt. If 1 is denied, bring 5 back to the ball, he passes to 1 cutting up the middle.

If 5 gets a defensive rebound, 4 runs; if 1 rebounds he pushes it; if 2 (or 3) rebounds, 4 takes the 2 (or 3) spot.

Secondary break

4 always trails behind the ball for reversal. If 4 and 2 are overplayed, 1 penetrates to the hoop.

a) On the right

On a pass to 2, the first option is 5 sitting in the post, giving a target.

On a pass back to 1, 2 begins to move, 1 passes to 4, 5 and 1 stagger screen for 2, who goes backdoor if X2 plays high side, or curls the stagger if X2 plays low side (shown).

2 penetrates if he can't pass to 1.

See Fast breaks - North Carolina.

4 quickly finishes the swing to 3, who looks for 2, 4 screens for 1 and pops out, exchanging.

The ball is reversed, 2 steps out to backscreen for 2, 5 pops out for a pass, 4 screens for 1.

Continuity - 3 and 1 stagger screen for 5, then 4 will screen for 1 on a pass to 2.

b) On the left

1 dribbles toward 3 and passes, 4 loops behind, 5 crosses the lane and posts.

5 and 1 screen for 3 on ball reversal.

4 screens for 1 on a pass to 2.

On ball reversal, 3 backscreens for 2, 4 passes to 5 popping out then screens for 1.

c) Triple stagger

When you need a 3-point shot.

5, 1 and 4 triple screen for 2 on ball reversal.

Run it on the other side for 3.up

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