Dribble Drive Attack Offense: Quick Shooters Guide

Training athletes has  specific fundamental requirements, however when we work with an individual it is important to tailor the program design and also impact their team by creating a training  program that implements the team concepts and philosophy. Having a recent D1 basketball player training for the season, I decided to take a deeper look into the “Dribble Drive Offense” or (DDM)  and create concepts that would enhance the basketball players ability to thrive in this particular offense. Want to get a quicker release the work is done before you catch the ball, the best literally pop off the catch into their shot with ease and pose.  Hips are the key to the car.
– Author Mike Atkinson

The “Pitch and Catch” is a main offensive play in the “Dribble Drive Offense” designed to space out defenders, provide 1 v 1 match ups and force difficult closeouts. One of the key components is to have shooters  on the move ready to shoot, while  keeping the appropriate spacing needed to create open shots or lanes to the rim for dribble penetration.

When catching the ball off of penetration the shooter can either step into the shot (Stride Step) or can hop into the catch with two feet like the floor is falling out. As demonstrated by the video below.

Lets take a closer look at the movements and body strength needed to perform the catch and shoot in the “Dribble Drive Offense”.

The best shooters have balance and a ability to get in a quick shooting stance by sinking into their hips vertically.


Here are some keys to becoming a better shooter on the move.

  1. Spacing– Keep the spacing from dribble penetration to create more attack lanes
  2. Attack the ball – Meet the pass in an athletic position with your hips ready
  3. Feet Set – Toes pointing to the rim
  4. Hips Set – This is the tricky one, hips should be in athletic position at time of catch
  5. Timing – The ability to get your feet set and hips set at the time of reception

Resources and the Guru’s

Vance Walberg

John Calipari

About Michael Atkinson

Mike Atkinson,CSCS, is the owner of Elite Pro Performance and the on court performance director at Sierra Strength & Speed. Considered to be a specialist of Keiser performance equipment, Mike is known as a hybrid basketball performance trainer focusing on strength, movement, and basketball fundamentals. Atkinson’s experience and current work with NBA Player Development Specialist Aubrey McCreary has given him a unique set of skills to train players on sports specific patterns and positioning at a professional level. Atkinson’s training experience includes work with numerous NBA draftees, multiple Division 1 athletes, and other professional clients. He has also worked as a performance consultant in the NBA Development League and has directed basketball performance training camps and clinics for youth athletes on the West coast.
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