Our fast break is a structured, lane assigned transition used everytime we gain possessopn in the back court. In our fast break the players must sprint their lanes and that the ball be passed and/or dribbled quickly into the front court looking for a numerical advantage so we can attack the basket.
Our point guard (1) will dribble the sideline (about 7-10 feet from the sideline. Players 2, 3, 4 and 5 are taught to look to outlet/inbound the ball to 1 on turnovers, rebounds and made shots and then sprint their lanes.
2 always sprints the right lane and stops at the three point line at the second cutter position, unless their is a numerical advantage which will result in a layup.
3 always sprints the left lane and stops at the three point line free throw line extended.
2 and 3's responsibilities would be switched if the ball comes down the left side of the court.
4 runs a straight line basket to basket, to the free throw line and then posts up at the Shuffle post position on the ballside.
5 always inbounds the ball on all made shots. 4 and 5 can switch positions on a rebound. The first one out sprints and the other is the trailer.
Players in lanes 2, 3 and 4 should be in their lanes before they reach half court (Diagrams 73 & 74).
When the cross the half court line, they must look back over their inside shoulder to see if 5 & 1 need help. If help is needed, all three run directly back to help (Diagram 75).
1's responsibility is to receive the outlet pass and immediately look up court for 2, 3 or 4. Or, 1 is free to dribble the path of least resistance but he must declare a side early and push the ball hard. It is best if 1 can stay seven-ten feet from the sideline.
Between the half court line and about three feet above the top of the key, 1 will have the following options. (For this example we will have the ball coming down the right side as shown in Diagram 76.
SIDELINE to 2
MIDDLE to 4
REVERSE to 5
CROSS COURT to 3
FROM THE FAST BREAK TO SHUFFLE
Diagram 77: Here 1 dribbles into the first cutter position, 5 fills the point position, 3 moves to the feeder position, 2 is already at the second cutter position and 4 is already at the post position. We are now ready to immediately go into the Shuffle.
Diagram 78: SIDELINE - 1 passes to 2 and we run the Corner Option. 4 (post) steps out to set a screen for 1 (first cutter). The first cutter cuts off the post's screen looking for a pass as he goes to the basket. If the first cutter is not open for a pass he continues through the lane to the feeder position. After the first cutter clears the post's screen the post pops out to the first cutter position. As the first cutter enters the lane the point (5 in the diagram) cuts to the post position and 3 moves to the point position. We are now set in the Shuffle Offense and have already executed a Corner Option.
Diagram 79: MIDDLE - 1 passes to 4 and we run the Split Option. 1 (the first cutter) moves down and sets a screen for the second cutter. The second cutter comes off the screen and moves to the first cutter position. As the pass goes into the post 3 moves to the weakside elbow and sets a backscreen for the point (5 in the diagram). The point cuts off the screen and moves to the feeder position. After the point clears 3's screen 3 pops up to the point position. We are now set in the Shuffle Offense and have already executed the Split Option.
Diagram 80: REVERSE - 1 passes to 5, 5 swings the ball to 3. After 1 passes the ball he immediately starts his first cutter cut to the basket, in this cut he does not use the post as a screen, if he does not receive the pass he moves to the second cutter position. On the pass from 5 to 3, the post (4 in the diagram) moves directly across the lane to the ballside post position. 5 moves into the point position and 2 moves to the feeder position. Now we are ready to begin executing the Shuffle Offense.
Diagram 81: CROSS-COURT - 1 passes to 3. As soon as 1 makes the pass to 3, 1 cuts hard to the basket looking for the pass, if he does not receive the pass he moves to the second cutter position (he does not use the post as a screen). On the 1 to 3 pass the post (4 in the diagram) moves directly across the lane to the ballside post position. 5 moves into the point position and 2 moves into the feeder position. We are now ready to begin the Shuffle Offense.
Diagram 82: REVERSE-DRIBBLE - 1 passes to 5. 3 is covered so 5 dribbles to the point position. 4 is already at the post position and 2 is already at the second cutter position. 1 moves to the first cutter position. 3 makes a V-cut timing it to get open as 5 reaches the point position. We are now set and ready to begin the Shuffle Offense.
Our fast break is flexible enough to be used as our press attack. The fewer adjustments the better. For example: Changing who takes the ball out of bounds causes delays and confusion. It is important that the same player (same position) takes the ball out of bounds on every possession the entire season regardless of the score, time or defensive look.
We use the same basic fast break offense against presses. Against man-to-man presses the point guard (#1) simply pushes the ball up the court.
The following guidelines help us attack all zone defensive pressure whether encountered full, three-quarter or half-court.
(1) Go to your fast break positions quickly. Middle players lacking the ability to be effective in the middle with the ball trade with a wing player. The trade is made only after the defense has slowed down the initial thrust of the fast break.
(2) Get the ball inbounded quickly.
(3) All passers except 1 must look to pass up court before dribbling.
(4) Receivers fill the four lanes: Sideline, Middle, Cross-Court and Reverse.