This is one of my favorite passing drills because it improves decision making and greatly cuts down on "bad passes".
Unlike many passing drills, this drill is very game-like. The distance, angle, and situation for each pass is constantly changing (just like a real game). The drill requires players to make better decisions and SEE the defense before they pass. And it's competitive (just like a real game).
By having an extra offensive player (3 vs 2), the pace is quicker and players pass the ball more frequently (they get more reps).
The drill will improve passing skills, passing accuracy, footwork, jump stops, and decision making.
To start the drill you need 3 teams with different color jerseys (ex: red, white, gold). We use our reversible practice jerseys and also bring pinnies.
Players 1, 2, and 3 (the red team) have the ball and they are on offense. X4 and X5 (white) are on defense. X6 is on the sideline out of the game for the moment. 7, 8, and 9 (gold) are out and waiting for their team to play defense.
Players 1, 2, and 3 (red team) will try to score within 15 seconds. They are NOT allowed to dribble. So they must pass the ball up the court and try to score.
X4 and X5 are on defense trying to get steals, deflections, and slow down the offense.
When the red team shoots or turns the ball over, the white team (X4, X5, and X6) switch to offense and now try to score at the opposite basket. They are not allowed to dribble.
In the meantime, the gold team (7 and 8) should have been set up on defense
We do not allow rebounds but you could choose to allow rebounds and only change possession on makes, rebounds, and turnovers.
The white team is now moving the ball up the court while the 2 gold players are on defense.
While this is happening, the red team (1, 2, and 3) should be preparing to play defense with two players.
Once white shoots or looses the ball, gold would then be on offense attacking the other basket.
It's a continual game of 3 on 2 and should be very fast paced change of offense to defense.
Make sure defensive players are getting their hands up and extending the defense past half court.
If you have extra players, they can rotate in on each possession.
The Scoring System
The key to this drill is the scoring system...
1 point for a made basket
-3 points for a turnover
Teams must keep track of their score. Play for 10-15 minutes.
1st place team gets a drink.
2nd place team does 10 burpees.
3rd place team does 20 burpees.
The drill becomes very competitive and players must learn very quickly to play UNDER CONTROL and make GOOD accurate passes.
Key Teaching Points
You might have to stop the drill a few times to teach after they make multiple turnovers. The following key teaching points become very obvious if you want to win the game. . .
- Look before you pass and pass away from the defense
- Jump stop and face the basket on each catch
- Meet your pass
- Use pass fakes
- Move without the ball and maintain good spacing
- Wait for good passing angles (don't pass through traffic)
- Make accurate passes
This drill also works extremely well with 4 players on each team and playing continuous 4 on 3.
You can also allow players to dribble and then it turns into a continuous fast break drill.
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