19 Jun Playing 3-on-3 for Player Development
The following article was shared to us by Coach Randy Brown. Randy does a tremendous job sharing various elements of the game in his email newsletter.
As we are in the “off-season” improvement time, consider incorporating 3 on 3 as the anchor to your approach.
Here are some ideas on how to maximize 3-on-3 in your workouts:
Give 3 on 3 some rules:
- Players cannot pass and stand. After passing the player must cut, screen away, or post up.
- Do not allow on-ball screens–these actions give players an “out” because it’s easy to just set ballscreens.
- Every player must touch the ball each offensive possession.
- Defensively, if there is no communication, the offensive team automatically gets a score. For example: If a screen away occurs and the defender guarding screener does not call out “screen right” to the teammate being screened.
- Any fouls equal an automatic basket.
- Play short games…be creative, mix it up:
- First team to 3 baskets
- First team to score consecutive baskets
- First team to score with an offensive rebound
Playing 3-on-3 is a great way to teach the following:
- Proper offensive Spacing
- Defensive reactions to penetrations–Stunt or Cover.
- Getting open 1-on-1 anywhere on the floor.
- Creating shots
- Decision making
- Players love it!
Turn open gyms into “3 on 3 Tournaments” to add more competition. Use this concept with your younger grades/feeder programs.