A great drill that simultaneously improves your team and individual players offensively and defensively is a series of 3 on 3 drills. Offensively, we work on dribble hand-offs, cuts, shooting, passing, catching, screens, and timing. Defensively, we work on communication and the different ways to defend screens. I also like this drill because it helps to reduce turnovers.
A great drill to help reduce turnovers is a modified 3 on 3 (3 dribbles maximum). It is a great offseason drill with lots of options. This one is called "3 on 3 down". Offense is only allowed to score on pin down screens.
Wings work on using the screen. The screener works on sealing after he sets the screen.
If the first option is not open 1 sets a down screen for the 4. Lots of skills are built upon on this drill; moving without the ball, proper screens, what to do after setting a screen and timing, which gets lost in most offseason training. Also defenses learn how to read the offense. They can switch, stay, hedge. It forces the offense to get creative.
The next game is "3 on 3 UP". This game like "3 on 3 down" allows the offense only to score on backscreens.
You can create lots of options from this simple game.
- "3 on 3 high" offense can only score from the high post.
- "3 on 3 GO" offense can use backdoor cuts and dribble handoffs
- 3 on 3 BLUE" Offense has to use a pick and roll to score
-"3 on 3 ORANGE" Offense has to use a pick and pop to score
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