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How to coach and teach the sideline secondary basketball fast break -
Part 2 (continued)

sideline3.jpg (37002 bytes)Diagram 3 - Sideline Fast Break.

The Outlet Player #1 has successfully executed the buttonhole cut and has freed himself enough to receive #4's inbound pass and immediately looks down court to the Fly #2. Player #1 needs to exercise caution and not be called with a charge violation. Actually after making his pivot #1 has other options, besides a pass to #2 his principle goal he could pass ahead to #3 or #5 or dribble the ball. If he loses his dribble and in trouble the "Safety" player #4 one step behind to take his pass and return it to him.
sideline4.jpg (37016 bytes)Diagram #4 - Sideline Fast break

Player #1 has successfully completed a pass to #2 and follows his pass.

Player #5 continues on to the ball-side low post, #4 continues down court in his roll as safety should there be a sudden turnover. His duty is to watch the backcourt.

Player #3 puts himself in a rebounding position in case a shot is taken by #2 or #5 or take a pass under the basket by either #2 or #5.
sideline5.jpg (32052 bytes)
Diagram 5 - Sideline Break.

"Big Dog" has his smaller defender sealed to his back and holding him in position ready to receive a pass into the pivot by #2. As this is taking place, #3 should observe if #5's defender is playing in front or back. If he is playing in front, #3 should cut to the ball-side high post and call for the ball from #2.

If #2 can get the ball to #3 at this position, all #3 needs to do is touch-pass the ball to #1 for an easy basket; however, in the case #5's defender is on his back
sideline6.jpg (32140 bytes)Diagram #6 - Sideline Fast break Opportunity not there triggers the Secondary Break.

#2 passes the ball into "Big Dog" and slides in the opposite direction of his defensive player's head turn prepared to receive a return pass from #5 should "Big Dog" be double teamed.

As the pass is made to him, "Big Dog" should jump to the ball, catch it and land simultaneously on both feet. (This way either foot can be his pivot foot.) "Big Dog" quickly chins the ball with both elbows extended. At the same time, he looks over his baseline shoulder. If he doesn't see anyone, #5 executes a drop-step and sticks it in the hole.

Should he see anyone when he makes the baseline head-turn, "Big Dog" has 4 other options in order to get a shot. For a right handed player in this particular case, I prefer he pivot on his right foot, fake a jump shot, make a duck-under-move for a right handed lay-up.

If no shot is possible, then he can get the ball back to #2 or kick it out to #4.
sideline7.jpg (32691 bytes)Diagram #7 Secondary Offense.

The "Safety" #4 has the ball at the top of the key. He has the option to shoot which is the last play the Secondary Offense or he can pass to #3 and take a high post position ball side. This puts your team into a 3-2 Double Post offensive set. A little imagination can make it any other offensive set known to the coaching profession.

#3 is moving out to the wing in anticipation of #4's pass to initiate the team's usual half court offense.
sideline8.jpg (33575 bytes)Diagram 8 - Transition into 3-2 Double Post Half-court Offense.

"Safety" #4 passes to #3 thus executing a give-and-go on the way to setting a screen for teammate #5. Players #1 and #2 rotate clockwise to take up their normal positions for this particular half-court offense.
sideline9.jpg (28691 bytes)Diagram 9 - A 3-2 Double Post Set

You could us free-lance, motion, passing game, set-plays, or even patterned offenses from this offensive spread; however, please notice the many scoring opportunities while arriving at this point.

It has been proven that if the sideline and secondary breaks are executed properly, your team will have scored long before arriving at this stage of your offense.

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