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Coach Jamie Anderson

JAMIE ANDERSON COACHING DIRECTOR Coach Jamie has extensive international coaching and playing experience and has come to be regarded as one of the best basketball coaches in Sydney. He is now in charge of City Hoops & Easts Basketball Junior development and coaching programs. Each month I will be bringing you a coaching tip to improve your game. FULL PROFILE HERE


THIS MONTHS TIP: Play 3 on 3 Basketball as much as you can

It is coming into the holiday season, which means it is time for us all to have some fun. This month we will look at the classic playground game, 3 on 3 or 3v3, 3x3 as it is some times called

3 on 3 games mean more space, shots, passes and opportunities for every player. All of which can make a big impact on our skills for the start of the new season in 2017.

If you have been working on your ball handling, following last month’s tips, you should now have a little bit more confidence when putting the ball on the floor. This is a crucial aspect of 3 on 3 games, as you have to be able to beat your defender 1on1 and make good decisions under pressure.

3 on 3 is a perfect practice environment, as long as you don’t forget your fundamentals:

  • A balanced body position is the foundation for all other basketball movements, on offence and defence

  • Passing and cutting to the basket keeps the game flowing

  • If in doubt, set a pick!

Remind yourself of these simple rules every time you play.

3 on 3 Player Tips:

  1. Start in Triple Threat, keep your head up

  2. Your focus should be on the whole court, so use your peripheral vision

  3. If you can make one aggressive dribble move into the key, then DO IT!

  4. Call for a pick and roll to get your offence moving

3 on 3 Team Tips:

  1. Work in triangles, passing and cutting to the basket helps you work as a unit,

  2. Keep the key open and force the defenders to work hard, rather than just daring you to take the outside shot.

  3. Use Pick and Rolls on the ball, or cross-screens off the ball. The more the defenders have to think, the easier it will be for you to get open.

  4. Box out as a team when playing defence. Many players forget to work as a team, but 3 on 3 shows what a difference boxing-out and communicating can make.

Summer in Sydney is a perfect time to make new friends and improve your skills while playing 3on3 basketball.

Don’t forget to register for our upcoming 3 on 3 competition in January 2017:

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