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.
Don Showalter - this is how the U.S. national teams starts 5 on 5 scrimmage.

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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