The 3 Man Weave Basketball Drill
what is a Three man weave in basketball?
The three-man weave is an exceptional basketball drill that is a mainstay in many coaches’ practices – I use it constantly as a warm-up before practices and games.
It stresses good passing skills, good conditioning, teamwork and footwork, and finishing the fast break. Add in some variations to mix it up, and you’ve got a basketball drill you can use daily.
Here’s what players need to focus on:
- Chest passes only, except on the last pass to lay up, which can be a bounce pass.
- Lead the receiver – pass a little ahead of him so that he runs into the pass; otherwise, the pass usually ends behind him.
- The receiver should provide a target for passers-by by extending his hand in front of him as he runs.
- No reason to travel – catch, land, pass
- The ball shouldn’t touch the ground except for the final bounce pass.
- Run – don’t get caught behind the ball.
- Make your lay-ups
How to Run the 3-Man Weave Basketball Drill
- Players line up in three lines at the baseline, with the ball in the middle line.
- Player #1 executes a proper chest pass to player #2.
- Player #1 immediately sprints behind the player he passed to (player #2)
- Meanwhile, player #2 executes a proper chest pass to player #3
- Player #2 then immediately sprints behind the player he passed to (player #3)
- Player #3 passes to player #1
- Player #3 then sprints behind player #1
- They continue to pass in this fashion – pass and go behind – until one player is close enough to cut to the basket.
- At this point, the passer (in this example, player #2) passes the cutter (in this example, player #3) the ball using a bounce pass, and the cutter takes the ball hard to the hoop to score.
- Players should simply continue the natural flow of the drill to finish with the scorer (player #3) out on one wing, the player who passed the ball to the scorer (player #2) on the other wing, and the remaining player (player #1) rebounding the ball.
- By doing this, they are already in a position to start the drill again, coming back down the court.
As I said, this is a great drill, and by throwing in a couple of variations, you can shift the focus slightly to different skills while still retaining the benefits of the original drill.
The Three Man Weave Basketball Drill Variation #1: 2 on 1 Return
- After completing the fast break basket at the end of the weave, the scorer (in this example, player #3) races ahead of the remaining two players on the way back down the court
- The other two players (player #1 and player #2) take the ball back, playing two 1 against player #3
The 3 Man Weave Basketball Drill Variation #2: Everyone Shoots
- Assume player #3 takes the ball to the hoop at the end of the weave
- player #2, after passing to player #3, then sets up at the wing (simply continues running in the same direction after making the pass)
- Player #1 rebounds and passes to player #2, who takes the shot.
- Player #1 immediately moves to the top of the key / free throw line and sets up.
- Player #3 comes back into the key to rebound player #3’s shot
- Player #3 rebounds and passes to player #1, who takes the shot from just outside the free-throw line
- Player #3 moves out to the wing, while player #1 rebounds his shot
- Player #1 outlets to either Player #3 or Player #2, and they repeat the entire drill coming back down the court
The three-man weave basketball drill – one great drill, two variations. Something to add substance to every practice.