In this game, we play half court 3v3 with an emphasis on setting away screens. We are working on all skills, half court offense, half court defense, and emphasizing "away screens" in our motion.
We find this is one of the best ways to teach players how to screen properly.
To begin, each possession must start with an away screen.
We always start with a top, wing, and corner player. The ball can start at any position. And we encourage players to mix up the starting spot.
If the ball starts in the wing, they must make a pass before setting any away screen. Top and corner players will need to v-cut to get open.
The ball is checked to start each possession.
The opposite lane line is out of bounds.
Player 1 will check the ball and play. Each possession starts with a back screen. Then we encourage more screens.... back, ball, and away. We want players to mix it up... but primarily encouraging away screens and no standing.
We want continual screening so players learn to recognize screening opportunities and learn how to set screen properly.
We stop play (freeze players) and coach them up on good screening technique.
Once there's a change of possession (score, turnover or defensive rebound)... we check the ball and the other team gets a chance.
We usually keep score and play for a designated amount of time (ex: 8 minutes).
Once players understand the basic away screen concept, we always move to version 2.
It's exactly the same as version 1 except they don't have to start with an away screen. Our only rule is you can only shoot lay ups until you set two away screens. Then you can shoot any shot.
Players can set down screens, back screens, ball screens, or flare screens. We want them to mix things up but our emphasis is the away screen.
At the next practice we might work the left side of the court instead of the right side.
Points of Emphasis
In all small sided games, we want fundamentally sound man to man defense, rebounding, and boxing out.
Set good screens -- solid contact and good angle.
Cutter should go shoulder to shoulder, set the screen up, and read the defense (curl, reject, or straight cut).
Screener should read the cutter and shape up or roll (read the defense and cut to the open space after you screen).
Communication. We want to communicate early with verbal and visual (fist) so teammate knows screen is coming.