Rotate Quickly To Gain An Advantage

Defense is the goal but communication is a huge part of the focus in the Cut Throat Drill – when it’s time to rotate, players must hustle or face being a step behind

WHY USE IT
This portion of the drill stresses communication and allows for players to work on transitioning in a half-court setting.

SET UP
Continuing from the previous page, the offense (white jerseys) just scored so those players transition to defense.

The baseline team (blue jerseys) enter the court on offense while the initial defense team (red) shifts to the baseline [4].

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HOW TO PLAY
The ball has been passed back to you and start the action immediately upon the new offense taking the floor. The offense looks to strike quickly after securing the wing pass [5]. It appears the offense’s post player is open but the defense does a phenomenal job recovering, fronting the post and stealing the entry pass. This nets the white team a point and allows those players to remain on defense [6].

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TECHNIQUE
Once action calls for a transition, the ball must be passed immediately to you to keep the drill moving. Once a team nets three points, it shoots a single free throw. Make it and win. Miss it and lose a point while relocating to the baseline.