Drills to Reduce Turnovers in the Running Game

In an earlier post I discussed the fact that playing an uptempo fast break style of play does not mean you have to settle for more turnovers. In fact, the opposite should happen.

Two stats are important in measuring your team’s success or failure in regards to turnovers and playing the running game. They are:

– turnover to possession ratio
– total turnovers

Which is number is more important? I would initially focus on the turnover to possession ratio stat. Emphasize to your players how important it is to increase the total number of possessions in the game AND the need to have as many possessions without a turnover as possible.

Always remember this principle. Players do not do what their coaches teach them. Players do what their coaches emphasize!

Four Line Rush, or Four Ball Rush, is a player favorite. It is a great conditioning drill, places a heavy emphasis on taking care of the ball, cutting, running fast break lanes wide, every player gets to run, catch and pass the ball and shoot at the end of the rush up the court.

Once players have mastered the drill it can be made competitive by setting a goal for the entire team to score. Turnovers result in losing points from the total. If you have an excellent group of student assistants, each group of four can be a team and you can have an internal competition.

Be creative in adapting this basic drill to increase the difficulty of performing the drill by creating mental pressure to excel.

More drills will be forthcoming in future posts on this topic.

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2 Responses to Drills to Reduce Turnovers in the Running Game

  1. Pingback: Basketball Coaching Digest February 22, 2013 | Justin T. EganJustin T. Egan

  2. Hi Coach

    One of the main reasons that many players struggle with fast break or offensive transition basketball is because in training players do not practice at full pace. This can be a result of too much technical focus before the application of pace and speed.


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