Escape 3 on 3 Full Court

Categories: Offense (Team)  
Ages: All Ages  Youth  Middle School  High School+  

Purpose of the Drill:

To teach three offensive players running the floor with a sudden numbers advantage, how to hurry up the floor under control, see the court, keep their spacing, and move the ball against a defense chasing them from behind.


  • Line up three offensive players along the baseline and three defensive players in front of them even with the free throw line.
  • A coach passes the ball to one of the three offensive players.
  • The defensive player in front of the man who receives the ball sprints to the baseline, touches the line with his foot, and hustles back up the court.
  • The three offensive players go as quickly as possible toward the basket by dribbling or passing the ball up the floor.
  • The offensive players should keep the spacing so the two defenders cannot guard all three offensive players.
  • The object of the drill is to get a good shot before the third defender catches up.

Points of Emphasis:

  • Offense needs to "read the defense" both in front and behind them, run the floor hard, stay spaced so the defense can only zone-up, and attempt to get a good shot before the third defender gets back into the play.
  • A pass ahead may create a 2 on 1 situation.
  • The drill is meant for players to run hard, see the floor and move the ball when the situation demands it.


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Keith says:
1/8/2011 at 4:12:55 PM

We use this one in every practice, the defenders really hustle back to cover the open player.


Tariq says:
1/7/2011 at 1:30:03 PM

What is a good Full court / Half court press drill ?


Joe Haefner says:
1/26/2010 at 9:16:58 AM

Hi Jim,

There are a few different ways that you can defend this. Both start with one defender guarding the ball and one near the basket.

1. Guard the pass. On the first pass, the defender underneath the basket covers the ball and the other player drops near the basket to protect the hoop

2. Guard the ball. After the first pass, the player guarding the ball rotates to cover the ball again. To give the on-ball defender some time, the defender under the hoop fakes at the offensive player.


Jim says:
1/26/2010 at 9:06:04 AM

Coaching 5th & 6th Boys.
This seems like a great drill to help defenders learn to make quick decision as well. What pointers should be directed at the defenders?


Jared Garner (Lanier High School) says:
1/21/2010 at 10:49:00 AM

This is also a good drill to teach disadvantage scramble defense. I teach my players that with 2 players on D we get in straight line, with 3 players on D we get in triangle, and with 4 players on D we get in box.


Burgess says:
1/20/2010 at 10:35:25 PM

We do this 4v4 as well and it has improved our transition defense greatly. I have never tried it 3v3 but would like to seeing as how many fast breaks we've faced have been 3v2 with trailers. *One correction to the diagram: the Coach should be shown as passing the ball to the offensive player (in this case #45)


Tony Brubaker says:
1/20/2010 at 9:50:28 AM

We do this in four on four and love the way it makes average ball handlers work to improve and the way it makes defensive matchups a challenge. The mixture of posts and guards is always something to note and the players are required to quick check who is with them to create the best situation on offense and defense.


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