If youíve ever played defense, you know that itís hard to fight through screens, especially a good screen. Now what happens when you have to fight through multiple screens? Itís really really difficult! Fighting through screens also drains your energy quickly!
Even if a defense switches on screens, this creates mismatches and you can teach your players how to capitalize on this!
So there are three really big advantages to setting multiple screens!
1 - You get easy scoring opportunities.
2 - It wears down your opponents.
3 - If defenses switch, you can take take advantage of mismatches,
This next drill teaches your your team how do that. Specifically, you practice setting staggered away screens in a 3v3 half court situation. This improves your skills, half court offense, and even your half court defense!
Your defense also improves by just getting repetitions in practice against this situation. It will also probably make defending during the actual game feel easier. And your defense will perform better.
When playing 3v3, you start with players on the top of the key, the wing, and the corner. A coach is positioned on the opposite wing.
You can also play 4v4 but in many cases we have 12 or 13 players. We find it's a better use of time to get two games of 3v3 going (so most and possibly all players are working).
One of the best times for a staggered screen away is after a couple quick passes. So we start with the ball on the wing.
2 passes to 1 (defense must allow the pass). 1 then immediately passes to coach and the staggered screen begins.
Each possession must start with a staggered away screen.
The opposite lane line (where the coach is standing) is out of bounds.
2 and 1 screen away after passing. This results in a double staggered screen for player 3.
3 should use both screens going shoulder to shoulder looking for a straight cut or curl.
1 and 2 can shape up after screening. Coach can pass to the cutter or screeners. Then it's live.
Players continue playing 3v3.
They can pass to the coach any time. We encourage staggered away screens. But we want players to mix it up... using other types of screens and cuts.
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), you can 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).
Points of Emphasis
As in any small sided game, we want fundamentally sound man to man defense, rebounding, and boxing out.
Set good screens.
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.