Drills to Build a Championship Transition Offense (Drill eBook)by Joe Kuhn
This Building a Championship Transition Offense Manual is a series of drills that we use and have consistently helped us develop into an outstanding transition team on a yearly basis. Developing an excellent transition offense is important for several reasons, mainly that it is important to score as many easy baskets as possible without giving up much. Another important aspect is that transition can help you win the first 5-7 games each year before defensive systems take hold. And come playoff time we know how hard it becomes to score in the half-court so every transition becomes critical.
We will use 3-4 of these drills each day, usually in our first 12-15 minutes of practice. These drills get us moving up and down the court immediately with an emphasis on passing, catching, finishing, running the floor, and not turning the ball over. In essence, we are setting the tone that if you don’t come to play you will be chasing us all night. And although they are of transition focus, there are other important aspects such as rebounding, stopping the ball, and becoming a mentally tough team. These drills will rep the quickness of our wing and rim runners, emphasize getting the ball up the floor after 1-2 dribbles, and even more attacking the defense.
To get the most out of these drills players must really work at game speed when on the floor. The rotation to the next line is quick but they will have several seconds to catch their breath in between reps. Make your players talk to each other constantly. This will help develop communication. The importance of good passing and receiving on the move is at the forefront of these drills. Players will learn who they can and can’t pass to on the run. The drills in this manual will help develop a transition offense that will be difficult to defend.
It is my hope that you can find something that you can use in these drills or that it sparks an idea for you. These drills can be modified to fit the needs of your system and the number of players you have.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Joe Kuhn, Head Basketball Coach Joliet Junior College
NJCAA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, 2017
Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, 2015
2010 NJCAA National Champion
2010 National Coach of the Year
NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors, 2nd Vice-President
Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors
Joe Kuhn is the head coach at Joliet Junior College. Kuhn has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments while at Joliet including being inducted into the NJCAA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, class of 2017. Kuhn, who is in his 31st season coaching, has led the Wolves to the 2010 NJCAA national championship, seven N4C conference championships, six trips to the national tournament including three national championship appearances, and four final fours. Kuhn, the 2010 NJCAA National Coach of the Year, has amassed an overall JJC record of 454-203 and 478 career wins. He is currently second on the JJC career wins list behind A.A. Fizz Wills.
JJC has won at least 20 games the last 12 seasons, 14 of the last 15, and 15 times in Kuhn's tenure. Kuhn, who has been named District 2 Coach of the Year 6 times, has led the Wolves to the national tournament 6 times (2011, 2010, 2008, 2005, 2004, 1998). Kuhn has coached 15 All- Americans, seven N4C conference players of the year, and 36 all-region players at JJC. The Wolves have played in the region championship game 17 of his 20 seasons including 15 in a row, and have won 7 conference crowns (2013, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2004, 2003, 2001). Coach Kuhn also has been inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame class of 2015 and the Region IV Hall of Fame in 2013.
Under the direction of Joe Kuhn, the Wolves claimed the 2010 NJCAA Division III National Championship in Delhi, NY with a 94-82 victory over Rochester Community Technical College. JJC advanced to the national championship game two other times under Kuhn. The 2007-08 Wolves finished as the NJCAA national runner-up, falling to North Lake from Dallas, TX in the championship game. In 2004-05, Kuhn and the Wolves advanced to the national championship game. JJC owned a one-point lead late in the title game but a three-pointer in the closing seconds by Hostos Community College (NY) finished the scoring.