Transition Steal Drill

Transition Steal Drill

This drill looks to increase the team’s efficiency when running the fast break after getting a steal.


Part 1

Part 1 | Transition Steal Drill

There are 3 players (usually the team’s point guards denoted with a ‘1’) lined up in the painted area near the basket.

Next, there are 3 wing players stacked up near the sideline. The first wing player is a few feet ahead of the ball handler to get a running start.

For this example, the 3 wing players start on the left side of the floor but this drill can be ran on either side of the court.

Each player in the center of the floor is either holding a basketball or can be given one from the coach.

There are also 2 cones on each side of the floor that are used as markers.

In addition, the coach can be located near the center players. Denoted on the diagram as ‘C’.

The drill begins with a coach blowing a whistle or saying “Steal”.

After that, the wing player sprints as hard as possible down the floor staying on the outside of the nearest cone.

At the same time, the ball handler takes one or two dribbles towards the center of the two cones.

As that is happening, the wing player should be be cutting in towards the basket near the free throw line extended area.

The ball handler makes a strong pass ahead to the wing player who finishes with a layup (left handed on the left side or vice-versa).

After making the pass and layup, the ball handler and wing player will exit the drill from the outside of the opposite cone as shown on the diagram.

The next set of players will step up and do the same thing.

Lastly, depending on coaching philosophy, the two players can move to the back of the same lines or switch lines.


Part 2

Part 2 | Transition Steal Drill

This is another example of the drill where a defender has been added to disrupt the fast break.

Here, the ball handler 1 dribbles across half court instead of making the pass ahead that could be easily stolen by the defender.

Once 1 reaches the free throw line area, 1 has to make a decision depending on the defender.

If the defender backs away to protect the basket, 1 should take the open jump shot.

If the defender attacks the ball, 1 should look to deliver a bounce pass to the wing player for the layup.

Additionally, it is also possible to set up another stack of wing players on the right side of the court to make the transition drill become 3 on 1.


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