1. PLAYERS TOUCH THE BALL MORE OFTEN.
In the 5 on 5 game, players can go almost the whole game without touching the ball. In 3 on 3, you could touch the ball almost every possession. More shooting, passing and dribbling opportunities. When the player gets more experience handling the ball during game situations, the player is going to improve at a faster rate.
2. MORE ROOM TO OPERATE.
Fewer players creates a less congested basket area. Six kids close to the hoop instead of ten crammed in, allows for freer movement to open spaces when “moving without the ball”. 3 on 3 gives them more room to operate and practice their skills.
3. LEARN THE GAME AT A FASTER RATE.
With only six players on the court, players are more inclined to run the pick-and-roll or screen away without a coach even telling them to do so, because there are fewer options out there. After awhile, they will start to figure things out for themselves which is exactly what you want the players to do. With fewer players on the court, it gives them a split second longer to recognize a situation.
4. PREPARE PLAYERS FOR 5 ON 5.
3 on 3 teaches players offensive spacing, moving without the ball, 1 on 1 skills, reading defenses, using screens, defensive skills and positioning and many other skills necessary to be an effective player in 5 on 5. These skills are extremely valuable and very effective when players begin playing 5 on 5 at a competitive level.
5. NO PRESSING, ZONES OR ELABORATE PLAYS.
Now, instead of spending time on breaking full court pressure, or half-court pressure and playing against a 1-3-1, 3-2 or 2-3 zones, coaches can focus on the FUNDAMENTALS. Instead of learning plays, players will learn HOW to play!