3 v 3 Rotating Rebound Drill

3 v 3 Rotating Rebound Drill
3 v 3 Rotating Rebound Drill Diagram 1

The 3 v 3 Rotating Rebound Drill looks to help players in developing their rebounding abilities by providing and extension onto of a player’s technical skill development. The focus of the drill is on players working to not only apply half court man-to-man defensive principles with rebounding responsibilities, but also start the drill in a very fluid state where players do not know who they will be guarding. This provides opportunities for miss-matches and situations that can happen routinely within games when players are involved in activities like defensive transition or scrambling from within a standard half court defensive rotations. All of these instances in part can be explored within the framework of the 3 v 3 Rotating Rebound Drill.


The 3 v 3 Rotating Rebound Drill starts with three offensive players positioned around the three-point line.

3 v 3 Rotating Rebound Drill Diagram 1
3 v 3 Rotating Rebound Drill Diagram 1

Additionally there are three defenders starting inside the keyway. These defenders are players within three feet of the basketball hoop.


The coach starts below the baseline. Positioned on the split line and with a basketball.


On the “slap” of the basketball by the coach, the three defenders start to rotate, always maintaining a defensive stance, as well as vision of the ball and offensive player closest. Exchanging positions in front of the basket and to each side. Staying always within the keyway.


The coach is to pass to one of the three offensive players around the three-point line. As the coach initiates the pass a verbal cue of “Go” will be called. Each defender then closes out the closest offensive player.


From the moment the targeted offensive players receivers the pass the 3 v 3 Rotating Rebound Drill is live.


Once a shot is taken, the main focal point of the drill is for each of the defenders to secure their respective offensive assignment through boxing-out. Then securing the ball to initiate a change of possession.


If an offensive players rebounds a missed shot the drill simply continues until either the offensive teams scores, or the defensive team secures possession.


Points of Emphasis


  • Perfect technique is the standard that every defender must reach and maintain; especially in regards to stopping their players and securing the advantage in the rebounding contest
  • Defenders should be encouraged to communicate verbally and physically with every rotation in the initial set-up and subsequent live phase of the 3 v 3 Rotating Rebound Drill
  • Defenders will need to master the art of changing direction on the run during their close-out to the ball or run the risk of the defence breaking down at this point in each repetition
  • Vision off the ball is vital for being able to defend effectively as a unit; always support team principles in regards to man-to-man defence first, with rebounding principle of play being applied as the opportunity occurs.




The coach may not verbalise the start of the drill. This will encourage players to watch for the ball and then communicate effectively so everyone moves into the correct position.


Once the team masters the 3 v 3 Rotating Rebound Drill additional players can be added to increase the complexity of the drill in individuals making the right choices and rotations.


The 3 v 3 Rotating Rebound Drill is a solid drill for helping players to develop a higher degree of defensive awareness and in doing so, perfect their rebounding technique. The drill provides a very useful tool for transitioning players from technique focused activities to more game realistic drills.

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Coach Riches has been working within the sport, business and education industries for many years. During this time he has built an extensive number of formal and informal qualifications. A firm believer in training and development designed to help people reach their full potential, relevant o their needs and functional to their industry environment.

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