3 To The Ball Defensive Concept

The “3 To The Ball” (Meeting of 3) defensive concept applies to off ball screen (pindown) defense in a man to man setting. In this “3 To The Ball” concept, the player that is lock and trail (chasing) the player that is coming off the screen counts as one, the screener’s defender who is showing on the flight of the ball (Very Important) counts as two, and the on ball defender jumping to the ball counts as three.

In this short video edit you will see the University of Virginia do a great job of getting “3 To The Ball” and disrupting the screenee’s catch and shoot or the screenee’s catch and drive. Notice the hands of the lock and trail defender, the timing of the screener’s defender when showing, and the jump to the ball of the on ball defender who is now jumping into the gap.

All three of these players must work/communicate effectively together while moving and at the same time to properly execute this concept.  The lock and trail defender must have active hands to discourage passing options and also discourage a quick shot, the show defender must also have active hands to discourage passing options and ready to contest a shot while not showing too early because that could give up the slip. Finally the on ball defender must give a hard swipe and get his hands ready to plug the gap on the drive.

Please comment and let me know what you think about this concept, as well as other concepts you would like to learn more about. Enjoy.

2 thoughts on “3 To The Ball Defensive Concept

    1. Were you able to take a look at the video? The concept explained is when there is a pin down occurring there are three defenders involved. 1 defender is the guy who is chasing the offensive player off the screen. The second defender involved is the guy who is guarding the screener showing above the level of the screen, “swiping” at the ball. The third and final defender involved is the guy who was guarding the ball, but when the ball is passed he jumps to the ball, or to the gap to stop the immediate catch and drive.

      The “3 To The Ball” concept is where all three of these meet at the same time, which is how to effectively guard a pin down. Any further questions?

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