We started using this drill to improve our 3 on 3 games in our summer youth clinics, but found that it also works well in season as a practice drill or five on five drill at various grade levels in our program–including the varsity.
The drill has several objectives:
- Keep 3 on 3 games at lower levels from being a dribbler and 2 watchers.
- It emphasizes the give and go.
- Requires players to get open to receive a pass
- De-emphasize dribbling
- Encourages team play on offense
- Makes the defense play harder to stop the points for passes and guard the basket cutter.
- It can be used to practice a delay game offense and defending against a delay game if you don’t set a limit for the number of passes.
- Regular scoring for two and three point baskets.
- Every completed pass followed by a basket cut is worth one point for the offense. It is important that only a pass followed by a basket cut counts as a point to promote cutting in our motion offense. Pass and stand is not a point. If we use it with our high school teams, then a pass and screen is also worth a point.
- (Optional) You can set a limit of no more than 7 points from passes if there is lack of attempting to get a shot.
In addition, you can teach passing to the outside hand away from the defense, meeting the pass, and other areas you want and that are appropriate for the age of the player that you are working with.
After a few days of doing this with your elementary and middle school teams, it starts to look like basketball!
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