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3 on 3, the best way to learn how to play the game!

Sabres basketball is proud to announce an exciting new concept to our Association Clubs and individual players!


Term 3, 2018 Dates:

Tuesday 17th July – Tuesday 18th September 2018 Click Here to Register 

Saturday 21st July – Saturday 22nd September 2018 Click Here to Register

Starting on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. (session held at 150 Tulip Street Cheltenham) and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. (session held at Mentone Girls Secondary College, Cnr Balcombe Road and Charman Road). We will offer boys and girls (and their coaches!) the opportunity to learn the game of basketball in a format that is considered, World-wide, “best practice”!   That is, in a 3 on 3 setting with a games approach to training & learning skills and tactics. Note: This is not for absolute beginners who have not already done Bee Ball or have developed some of the skills of the game!

The benefits of this approach have been thoroughly researched and documented overseas, having been implemented in Europe with unprecedented success in developing a player’s love of the game as well as their individual and team skills.

The benefits include:

  • 3 on 3 is likely the best game for the development of young players, because it is the smallest possible game that does not lose the game’s fidelity. 3 on 3 does not compromise the game in any significant way.  It allows for all the technical skills (dribbling, passing, defence) and tactical skills such as give and go, on and off ball screens, while eliminating issues of zone defence, full court pressure and positions for developing players.
  • Playing 3 on 3 using a half court with four sideline receivers/passers (allowing for teams of 4 or 5 players), one from each team on each side of the half court. This still gives each team a chance to involve five children in the game but the main action on the floor is 3 on 3. Whenever the kids on the floor get bottled up, they have an opportunity to pass it to one of their teammates on the sideline who passes it back in to another teammate on the floor.
  • After any play, the ball will go to a player on the opposite team who is standing on either side line. This provides the kids on the side line an opportunity to stay involved, with much less opportunity for steals and more opportunities to pass and move the ball. It is always easier for kids to play defence than offence, but offence is the skill they need to learn the most. When kids play full court, they can run much faster than they can competently handle the ball, so youth games are always a mass of bodies and confusion all over the place with too many turnovers and too little actual play that looks remotely like basketball.
  • More kids play. 3 on 3 half court puts 20 kids on a full court at once (two teams of 3 plus 4 sideline players on each half court – times two half courts). This is twice as many kids in the same gym space as traditional 5 on 5, so program can accommodate more kids or provide more play time for the kids we already have playing.
  • Even distribution of touches.  3 on 3 provides a more even distribution of touches. In order to move the ball with both “width” and “depth” of play, the weakest player now can get at least 25% of the on-court touches (as opposed to 10% in 5 on 5), even if the other two on the court share 75%.
  • More touches overall.  3 on 3 half-court also provides more touches overall for everyone. Since the ball doesn’t have to be continuously advanced from back to front court (only passed to the sideline or from the sideline), the ball will spend more time being passed to multiple players.
  • Substitute out the player who just scored for one of your sideline players, or every two minutes, whichever comes first. Players just might discover that passing is important; after all it keeps them on the court. It also presents an intriguing dilemma (do I shoot, score and “leave”, or pass and “stay”?) for a youngster.
  • Every player on offence must touch the ball before a shot is taken. This ensures the development of ball handling skills and gets kids to focus on basic team play (sharing) before wildly shooting the ball. While developing shooting skills is a vital part of the game, moving without the ball and getting open is an important concept that they can learn in stages long before they will able to shoot with any degree of success. Basic 3-on-3 play with dribbling, passing, setting picks, moving to space, etc, can be learned better under the right conditions.
  • Games in the Under 8’s would consist of two (2) fifteen minutes halves in a 35 minute time slot. One referee who will also act as a coach on the floor.

Sabres free School Clinics and Bee Ball will be modified into “3 on3 Skills Clinics” with all learning material tailored to a 3 on 3 “games approach” curriculum.  This is different than a traditional “Blocked” method of practice, which consists of mostly traditional basketball drills with much more transference to actual basketball game scenarios.