Communication Drill: 4v3 Scramble Defense - FastModel Sports

Published 11/01/2018 by Matt Wheeler Favorite Send to FastDraw Print Embed

About This Play/Drill

This defensive drill works on defending scramble situations when the defense is temporarily outnumbered. Once the ball is entered the drill is live and the offense tries to score 4v3. The 4th defender can enter play after 7 seconds or after a shot is taken. The three initial defenders will not have a match-up, but whoever is closest to the ball must pick it up as they buy time for the 4th defender to get on the floor

To add a communication component to the drill, require defenders to say "I Got Ball" when they closeout on the ball so they don't accidently get two defenders on the ball. If a defender is in a situation where they are guarding two people, have them say " I Got Two." The 4th player enters the floor going furthest from the ball. They must communicate who they are guarding and tell their teammates where to matchup so they can get out of the scramble situation.

On the FMS blog:

Building Communication With Your Team

Building Communication on Defense

Building Communication on Offense

  • Basketball Play - Communication Drill: 4v3 Scramble Defense
  • Basketball Play - Communication Drill: 4v3 Scramble Defense
  • The offense starts with 3 players on the perimeter and 1 and in the paint.

    Coach passes to 4 in the paint.

    All 3 defenders look to strip the ball from 4.

  • 4 passes to the perimeter and the offense plays live 4 on 3.

    The defense must scramble and obtain new matchups as the ball moves.

    The 4th defender enters play seven seconds after the ball is passed to the perimeter.