Start practice with this 3-on-2, full-court drill
By Dave Witzig, Normal, Illinois
Coaches are always searching for new and exciting drills that will get their players warmed up and ready to go. The following 3-on-2 full-court drill works on several skills simultaneously and is one we use daily within the first 15 minutes of practice.
This multi-purpose drill is effective because it teaches players to:
- Take advantage of a quick 3-on-2 situation.
- Screen and cut during 3-on-3 play.
- Break trapping presses by cutting into the middle of the floor.
- Trap defensively while not committing fouls.
- Protect the basket in fast-break situations.
How it works
Divide your squad into two equal teams (teams A and B as shown in the Diagram). One team should be positioned on a sideline, while the other team lines up downcourt on the opposite sideline.
DIAGRAM: 3-on-2, full-court drill.
Three offensive players from Team A line up at halfcourt, with the middle player holding a ball. On the coach's whistle, Team A attempts to score on Team B in a 3-on-2 attacking situation. Team B starts with two players defensively, one at the foul line and the other in the lane, positioned in front of the basket.
A third defender for Team B stands on the sideline and waits until the coach calls "Third player in!" At that moment, the third member of Team B sprints in to offer defensive help, turning the drill into a 3-on-3 contest.
If the offense (Team A) scores, they immediately full-court press and look to double-team everything they can in the backcourt. Meanwhile, two new defenders for Team A set up in the front court (one defender at the foul line and the other in front of the basket) and prepare to defend the basket.
Team B is now on offense and tries to break Team A's full-court press. If Team A steals the ball, they try to score again on their end. If Team B breaks the press and the ball passes halfcourt, the pressing defenders on Team A sprint off the court and return to their sideline.
Team B, after breaking the press, takes the ball downcourt and attacks Team A's two back defenders in a 3-on-2 situation. The third Team A defender sprints in to provide defensive help on the coach's call of "Third player in!"
Games are played to 8 points with the losing team doing pushups or sprints. This drill is fast paced, aggressive and your players will love it!