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The fastbreak is probably the most exciting play for both fans and players to watch and participate in during basketball game.The objective of the fastbreak is to attempt to get an easy basket by forcing the issue with speed and precision passing.

Now, most fastbreaks happen because the team running the break finds themselves in a situation where they have more men running the floor than the defensive team has to cover. These are called 2 on1 breaks or 3 on 2 breaks, depending on how many men are back in defense (which is the second number) and how many offensive players are running the floor (the first number). But with the development of the fastbreak and so many teams taking up a Run -N- Gun style mentality, coaches have implemented ways of getting easy baskets even off of made baskets.

Now once the team running the fastbreak has determined in what situation they are in, the next step would be to make the initial outlet pass. The outlet pass is the first pass that is made that gets the fastbreak started. This pass can be made off of a defensive rebound, on an out of bounds play or even after a steal. But just as important as any other step in running a fastbreak, not making the correct or wise decision as to who to throw the ball to on an outlet pass can be critical.

The point guard should always get the ball on a fastbreak. and once the guard gets the ball, he needs to make his way to the middle of court."

Getting to the middle of the court is the next important step in running a fastbreak because it forces the defense to make a decision. "Ideally, you want the ball in the middle of the floor because this forces the defense to decide on whether or not you're going left or right with the basketball. 


If the ball is on either wing, then they know that's where it's at. Then, the defense now has half of the court to cover and that limits the offenses chances of making the basket. But if the ball is in the middle of the court, they've got to cover the entire court which hopefully will lead to an easy shot attempt."

Once the situation has been determined, the outlet pass has been made to someone who can handle the ball and the ball is being pushed up the middle of the court, it's important to get the supporting players to fill the lanes. Filling the lanes means putting yourself in a position where the defense can not key in on one player. So, if the point guard has the ball in the middle of the floor and the other guard is running down the left side of the court, as quickly as possible, get yourself over to the opposite side of the court. This gives the guard another scoring option as well as forces the defense to now cover three players spread out over the court as opposed to three on one side. And last but not least, make the shot. “That's important too.”




Basic Alignment

When shot is made 05 quickly takes the ball out looking for deep outlets 03 and 04.
If not available, 05 looks to inbound to either 01 0r 02.
All passes must be sharp ad lead receivers.
Whenever possible advance the ball with pass rather than dribble.
Note: 01 and 02 as well as 03 and 04 are interchangeable positions.




First Look: Long
Deep Outlet (Left)
05 takes ball out and makes a deep inbound pass to 03. 03 looks to advance the ball to 04. When 03 cannot feed 04, 03 advances the ball on the dribble. 01 or 02 fills third lane and 05 is defensive safety.




First Look: Long
Deep Outlet (Right)
05 takes ball out and makes a deep inbound pass to 04.
04 looks to advance the ball to 03.
When 04 cannot feed 03, 04 advances the ball on the dribble.
01 or 02 fills third lane and 05 is defensive safety.




Second Look: Short
Short Outlet (Left)
05 takes the ball out and makes a short inbound pass to 01.
01 looks to feed 02 0n the move making a diagonal cut.
03 and 04 fill left and right lanes respectively.
02 can pass ahead or advance the ball with a dribble.
01 and 05 trail.




Second Look: Short
Short Outlet (Left)
When 01 cannot feed 02 on diagonal cut, 01 advances the ball on the dribble.
03 and 04 turn out to wings into early offense.



Second Look: Short
Short Outlet (Right)
O5 takes the ball out and makes a short inbound pass to 02.
02 looks to feed 01 on the move making a diagonal cut.
03 and 04 fill left and right lanes respectively.
01 can pass ahead or advance the ball with a dribble.
02 and 05 trail.



Second Look: Short
Early Offense
When 02 cannot feed 01 on diagonal cut, 02 advances the ball on the dribble.
03 and 04 turn out to wings into early offense.



Third Look: Middle
Pressure Release (Right)
When X1 and X2 overplay and 05 cannot inbound short, 04 hooks into middle for inbound pass.
01 and 02 release looking for feed from 04.



Third Look: Middle
Pressure Release (Left)
When X1 and X2 overplay and 05 cannot inbound short, 03 hooks into the middle for inbound pass.
01 and 02 release looking for feed from 03.



Guard Help: Double Cross
Guard Help (Left)
When 01 gets pressured by X1, 02 pops out to help.
01 passes back to 02 and makes a diagonal cut.
02 looks first to feed 01 and then to advance the ball into early offense.



Guard Help Double Cross
Guard Help (Right)
When 02 gets pressured by X1, 01 pops out to help.
02 passes back to 01 and makes a diagonal cut.
01 looks first to feed 02 and then to advance the ball into early offense.


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