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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)


    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 drill1 (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 drill2 (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 drill3 (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 drill4 (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.

       3-on-2 full court drill5 (9K)

    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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    Faton says:
    5/2/2007 at 2:00:15 AM

    Very good drill. It's similar to the eleven man drill which is also a great drill for agility, conditioning, passing, rebounding.

    In case someone needs this drill I can provide it later.


    zach says:
    8/16/2007 at 5:28:45 PM

    Yes, Faton could you send the eleven man drill with diagram/illustrations?


    Kenny says:
    12/21/2007 at 2:15:28 PM

    This is an excellent drill. My players love it. Also, Faton. Could you please send the diagrams/directions/ and anything else about this eleven man drill. It seems fun and I think that my team would love that drill also. Thanks again.


    sendoh says:
    5/19/2008 at 7:06:15 AM

    could You please tell me what does sixth man mean in these picture?


    joseph says:
    8/10/2008 at 10:54:47 PM

    thanks for the tips and looking for more and detailed one

    coach joseph


    coach ken says:
    9/23/2008 at 3:02:12 PM

    I am a coach in Ireland and am looking for good fast break drills thanks


    Joe Haefner says:
    9/24/2008 at 2:25:24 PM

    Hi Ken,

    All of our fast break drills that we currently have available are located at this link:


    Billy Nichols says:
    5/18/2009 at 7:54:18 AM

    don''t you mean in # 6 two blue defenders will go defend at the opposite end of the court. because you say after the red teams breaks the pressure, right? i like the drill. i''ll introduce to my team in Japan.


    Joe Haefner says:
    5/18/2009 at 10:08:14 AM

    Nope. It should be two red defenders. After step #8, the blue team starts the fast break to the opposite end. Then, two blue defenders come out.


    Ron Gutierrez says:
    11/9/2009 at 4:35:32 PM

    Great Drill! I have a "NO" out of bounds rule with this drill. Creates an incredable amount of competition.


    Billythinker says:
    11/22/2009 at 12:40:53 AM

    This is a excellent drill....several things are being taught, but most importantly... the player are being taught to "change the channel" instantly, from offense to defense.


    Carol says:
    1/28/2010 at 1:46:18 AM

    I like this - it's a variation of 11 man - my favorite :)


    Mike Heath says:
    2/9/2010 at 3:24:34 PM

    we do this drill and keep time and score. we go 6 minutes per half (8 for high school). we stop the clock and ref it too. if you foul the other team gets a point and there is a change of possession.
    it is a 1 and 1 the last minute so if a team is behind they can foul, this way we have real life situations.

    we preach "time and score" throughout the drill to help our players understand time and score situations such as if you are behind you need to be aggressive and steal the ball, if you are winning then you need to take good shots in the final minute, etc....

    good stuff.

    at the half, we change goals and the team that started on defense gets to start on offense.


    Julia says:
    2/15/2010 at 8:58:40 AM

    Thanks for all the different drills. I've used many of your drills with the gr 7 girls I'm coaching and I can see an improvement even after a few months.
    Much appreciated!


    Joe Haefner says:
    2/15/2010 at 9:19:01 AM

    You're welcome, Julia. It's great to hear that your kids are improving. Great job.


    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?


    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


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

    Monica, check out our youth basketball section:

    It has plenty of helpful information.


    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!


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

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


    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?


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

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


    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.


    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.


    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?

      1 reply  

    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.

      1 reply  

    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.

      1 reply  

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

    Thanks Jeff!


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