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What Is a 3 Man Weave Drill 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 #2.3 Man Weave Basketball Drills
  • 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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
  1. 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
  2. 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
  1. Assume player #3 takes the ball to the hoop at the end of the weave
  2. player #2, after passing to player #3, then sets up at the wing (simply continues running in the same direction after making the pass)
  3. Player #1 rebounds and passes to player #2, who takes the shot.
  4. Player #1 immediately moves to the top of the key / free throw line and sets up.
  5. Player #3 comes back into the key to rebound player #3’s shot3 Man Weave
  • 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.

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