November 30, 2001, Newsletter Issue #34: FAST BREAK PRINCIPLES

Tip of the Week

To start the fast break, all five defensive players must rebound, then turn away from the defense to pass the ball up the floor. If the passer is not able to throw the outlet, he could clear to the sidelines with a couple of dribbles if necessary, and then pass it.
The other player should run the floor in wide fast break lanes! Throw the ball ahead if someone is open, then attack the basket and look for your shot. Other players should cut to the basket. If no one is open, swing the ball to the other side of the floor and make cuts according to your early offense. A good suggestion for what shots to look for, in order are:
1. Uncontested layup
2. Uncontested midrange jumper
3. Contested power shot close to the basket
4. Uncontested 3pt shot, if you have rebound position

If none of the above present itself, look to flow into your designated offense

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