Fast Break Drill: 3-on-2 Full Court Drill

Drill Purpose

This fast break drill teaches your players to:
  • Break the press and get out of traps
  • Capitalize on fast break opportunities
  • Play within a 3-on-3 set
  • Trap the ball on defense
  • Defend against disadvantages (3-on-2, 2-on-1)


    3-on-2 full court drill1 (9K)
    1. You will divide your players into two teams. Three Players start with the ball near mid court. Two defensive players will be stationed underneath the hoop. The rest of players will be with their team on the sideline.

    2. On the whistle, the three players start a fast break and try to score.

    3-on-2 full court drill2 (9K)
    1. After a few seconds, the coach will blow the whistle and another player from the Red team will hustle in and play defense.

    2. If the Blue team scores, the Red team is on offense. As soon as the Blue team scores, two players from the same team go underneath the opposite hoop for defense.

    3-on-2 full court drill3 (9K)
    1. The Blue team will press and trap the ball while the Red team tries to break the pressure. If the Blue team steals the ball, they try to score again.

    3-on-2 full court drill4 (9K)
    1. Once, the Red team breaks the pressure, they are on a 3-on-2 fast break. Two red defenders will go to the opposite hoop for defense.

    3-on-2 full court drill5 (9K)
    1. The coach will blow the whistle when he wants the third Blue defender to run out on defense.

    2. You can continuously run the drill from there.

    Points of Emphasis

    Continually tell your players...

    • Hustle, play hard.
    • Work hard to trap the offenders.
    • Avoid the trap when on offense.
    • Try to score quickly while they have the 3-on-2 advantage.

    Motivation / Teaching Tips

    Tip #1 - You can create a competition out of this. Whoever scores the most points, wins.
    You could also pick a certain number of points (6, 8, or 10) and whoever gets to that number first, wins. The loser could run, do pushups or whatever you deem necessary.

    Tip #2 - This drill usually works best with 12 players, but 10 players will work.

    Tip #3 - If you sense your team lacking intensity, this drill usually fixes the problem. I usually allow aggressive play, but nothing excessive.

    Related Pages & Helpful Resources

    Don Kelbick's Transition Offense and the Four-Second Fast Break DVD
    5 on 3 + 2 - Fast Break Drills
    Transition Offense - Paul Westhead - Loyola Maramount
    How To Run The Basketball Fast Break Offense and Transition Offense - Philosophy, Offenses, Drills
    Basketball Fast Break & Transition Drills - Full Court Drills

    Do you have any suggestions or questions for this drill? Let us know by leaving your comments...


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    Rob says:
    11/23/2014 at 8:10:36 AM

    What happens in Step #4 if the Red team stops the blue team from scoring and gets the ball on a steal or rebound?

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    Jeff Haefner says:
    11/23/2014 at 9:13:18 AM

    Rob - The red team would immediately take the ball in transition offense attacking the other end against 2 blue defenders.

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    Ray says:
    1/19/2016 at 11:05:41 AM

    Do you let the 3 blue who didn't score defend until red gets over half still?

      1 reply  

    Jeff Haefner says:
    1/20/2016 at 8:46:45 AM

    By default, no we do not allow the blue to defend on their half. However, that is a variation you could implement and I think it would work... forcing your offensive players to deal with more pressure.

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    Ray says:
    1/20/2016 at 10:27:03 AM

    Thanks Jeff!


    Josh says:
    3/17/2014 at 10:48:02 AM

    We run this quite alot, the kids love it, we just have one variation. We have out let''s in the corners, so it''s the rebounder and the two outlets that go play up the other end.

    If we don''t get a score on 3 transitions then have peniltys.


    Ben says:
    3/8/2013 at 12:41:09 AM

    I have been running this drill for a number of years, but with one variation: I have only 1 line at half court for the third defender. Instead of on a whistle, he must wait until the ball crosses the half court, then run in and touch the circle before he starts playing defence. I like the addition of the trap going back the other way, will be adding that next training thanks.


    jamie says:
    2/19/2013 at 10:28:45 PM

    what drills would be best for 8 player team motion and fastbreak drills


    Coach J says:
    1/19/2013 at 5:34:28 AM

    Has anyone used this drill with first year players? My girls are 6,7,8 graders but 90% have never played before this year... wondering if this drill would be too advanced?


    Zoegar Jaynes says:
    4/2/2012 at 4:49:04 AM

    Very great stuff. I love this one so much. Thanks.


    Eric Henry says:
    8/4/2011 at 12:08:11 PM

    Hey Mike H....i really like that idea, i will use that some this season...thanks for sharing!


    Joe Haefner says:
    8/20/2010 at 4:08:02 PM

    Monica, check out our youth basketball section:

    It has plenty of helpful information.


    Monica says:
    8/19/2010 at 10:09:46 PM

    Hello...I am a new Middle School Coach. I played High School and College Bball. Tryouts starts next month looking for drills for that and also fun drills and plays for season. Have things in mind but also would love other ideas. Thanks


    Leo says:
    6/22/2010 at 9:14:01 AM

    Good drill, i have been working on the 2-2-1 press, i believe this drill will help. What happens if there is a turn over on the trap?


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