Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Three's Company: 3 Person Squash Drills

Today I'm going to talk about some 3 person drills you can do. Most of us know a lot of drills we can do with 2 people, but are unsure of what we can do with that 3rd wheel. Some of the drills are repetitive, others 1 or 2 players will have options and some will be conditions games and really make you think. I enjoy doing a combination of them. Find which ones work for you and try and implement them the next time you are training in a group of 3. What you're capable of doing will depend on your skill levels.



Three Person Drills
  1. Three person boast and drive (1 in the front, 2 in the back). You can do 1 shot or 2 shots (which means 1 shot to yourself).
  2. A hits straight drive, B hits volley drop, C hits straight drive, B hits straight volley drive.
  3. A and B hit drives on one side of the court. They both have the option to hit a volley crosscourt drive to player C. If they hit a volley crosscourt drive, player C hits a straight drive and then the person that hit it to this side goes over and continues the rally.
    1. A and B can hit straight drive or boast. If A boasts, B has to return it with a straight drive to C's side. 
    2. and can hit straight drive or boast. If boasts, has to return it with a straight drive or straight drop to C's side.
    3. and can hit straight drive or boast. If boasts, has to return it with a straight drive to C or can hit crosscourt back to player A (keeps them from being lazy after playing a boast)
    4. A and B play a straight game on one half of the court. A and B both also have the option to boast. When one of them boasts the other has to get it and hit a straight drive or drop to C's side.
  4. A drives straight, B volleys crosscourt drop/kill, C hits crosscourt, B hits volley drive, repeat
  5. A hits straight drives, B hits straight drive or boast, C hits straight drive

    a. A hits straight drive, B hits straight drive or boast, C hits straight drive off drive and can hit straight drive or court lob off boast.
  6. A hits short mid-court drive/feed, B drives, A hits another short mid-court drive feed, C drives

    a. A hits short drive feed, B drives and then ghosts laterally, repeat 5 times and C goes.
  7. Chase the hole/rotating boast and drive. A boasts, B drives, C boasts, A drives, B boasts, C drives.
  8. A drives, B drives, A boasts, B drives, C drives, B boasts, C drives, A drives, C boasts.
  9. A boasts, B drops, C drops, B drives, C boasts, B drops, A drops, B drives, repeat.
  10. A drops (from back of the court), B drops, C drive
    1. A drops (from back of the court), B drops, C drops, B drives
    2. A drops or boasts (from back of the court), B drops, C drives
    3. A drops or boasts (from back of the court), B drops straight or cross, C drives or crosscourts
  11. A hits boast, B hits straight drive or crosscourt drive, C volleys to straight length and if cannot volley they let the ball go back to A and they drop or boast again (as demonstrated in diagrams below).
    1. If C isn't able to they have to get the ball off the back wall and drive it.
 
12. A boasts, B hits straight or crosscourt drop, C hits straight drive (as diagramed below).


13. Three person rotating drives (no volleys allowed)
           a. each player has the option to boast or drive, off the boast the next player just hit straight drive

14. A hits a straight drop, B drives, A hits a straight drive, B straight drives, A hits straight drop, C hits straight drive, A hits straight drive, C hits straight drive, repeat
            a. A can straight drop or straight drive, B hits straight drive (go until they cannot get the ball back then C's turn)

15. A boasts, B drives, A drives, B drives, A boasts, C drives, A drives, C drives

16. A boasts or hits a straight drop, B hits straight or crosscourt drive, A drives, B drives, A boasts, C hits straight or crosscourt drive, A drives, C drives, repeat

17. A drives, B drive, A boasts, B hits straight drop, C hits straight drop, B hits crosscourt (or crosscourt lob)

With 3 people I often do king of the court 2 person drills or condition games and rotate after each rally. I enjoy making these types of drills competitive. For example you could do drive, drive boast with 2 people and then then winner of the rally stays in and gets a point. You could also do the drill until someone hits a target and/or wins the point. You can do this for any drill and with the odd breather you'l find that you can work harder and that keeping score will help the intensity and focus stay high.

You can have a lot of fun and really mix things up with 3 people on the court. I've given you 17 drills, many with slight variations which will make the drill different and in many cases much more challenging. Enjoy!

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