1 on 1 Three Chairs Basketball Drill

1 on 1 Three Chairs Basketball Drill


Competition basketball drills like this 1 on 1 drill are great because they accomplish several different things simultaneously. First, they allow players to work on defense. Secondly, players can learn how to compete. And lastly, players can work on the offensive moves they have been practicing in workouts.

It is one thing to be able to do a move against an imaginary defender, but once you get a real live breathing defender on you, the feel is all different. This basketball drill will allow a player to learn how to read their defender, sell their move, and practice making their moves at game speed. And as mentioned, along with working on offensive moves, this is a defensive basketball drill as well since it will challenge the players to get a stop.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: 1 on 1 Three Chairs Basketball Drill

Equipment Needed: 3 basketballs, 3 chairs, 2 partners, and a hoop.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Work on offense/defense and learn how to compete.


Coaching Points

  • Practice the moves you have been working on.
  • Read your defender, and if you are on defense, look to take away your opponent’s strengths.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • Set a chair at both wings and the top of the key and a ball on all three chairs.
  • Both players start at the free-throw line, and the coach stands at the top of the key.
  • When the coach says “rim,” both players will run and jump to touch the rim (if players can’t touch the rim, they can touch the net or baseline instead).
  • After they touch the rim, they will turn around, and the coach will point to the side where the first basketball is live.
  • The first player to get to the ball goes on offense.
  • If the player with the ball scores, he gets to go to the next chare and continue on offense.
  • If the defender gets a stop, he goes on offense at the next chair.
  • The ball is only dead if the offensive player scores, the defender gets a stop, or the coach rules a foul.
  • The chair order goes – wing, opposite wing, top of the key (the coach only needs to point on the first chair).


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