Passing is probably the most neglected skill in basketball. Basketball passing drills are usually reserved for beginners to the sport of basketball and youth basketball teams. But thats not always the case some of the best teams in the world practice passing everyday.
These coaches understand that there is nothing harder to guard than an unselfish team who move the basketball around the court quickly and efficiently. Great teams breaking down the defense with smart passing and getting each other free for open jump shots and layups.
To be great at passing the basketball you must have vision, accuracy, and timing. And although you will pass the ball many more times in a game than you will shoot it, chances are that you will work on shooting much more than passing.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS POST
How to perform some of the most effective passing drills around.
Why working passing can take your team to the next level.
1. 5 man weave into 3 on 2 to 2 on 1 fastbreak
Without question this is my favorite drill on this list. It works on so many aspects of basketball beyond just passing. Its great for decision making, conditioning , and ball handling to name a few. It’s a fun drill that teaches players to recognize there offensive options in transition. This is also a defensive drill that teaches defenders how to use fakes and positioning to bait the offense into making a bad decision.
5 players spread out along the baseline with one ball with the player in the middle.
As the players move down the court the ball is passed to the next inside player from the ball.
The passer follows his pass behind the player he passed to and cuts outside two players and become the outside player.
The ball is then passed to the next inside player and the passer goes behind to the outside this is repeated all the way down the court ending in a layup.
After the layup, the passer and the shooter run back and become the defenders.
The other three players come down on offense creating a 3-on-2 fast break.
After running their break and getting a shot, the shooter then goes back on defense.
The other 2 players come down on offense creating a 2-on-1 break.
2. monkey in the middle
Monkey in the middle is a classic game played in gyms across America. This fun passing drill will also work on defense. It will teach players how to use fakes and pivots to create space to pass as well as protecting the basketball.
Divided into the groups of three. Each group has one ball.
The two passers are lined up about 10 feet apart.
The third person is the defender. He attempts to deflect or steal the basketball.
The drill begins with the defender playing tight on the person who starts with the basketball.
The two outside players must pass the ball to each other without using lob passes or dribbling. Just pivoting and fakes to open up passing space and get the ball past the defender.
After each pass is made, the defender sprints to the receiver and plays tight defense again.
When the defensive player gets a steal or deflection, players rotate their positions.
The offensive players must wait for the defender to recover before making the pass, I often see players hurry to make a pass before the defense is set. If some players are having a hard time getting steals and deflections you can rotate positions after a certain period of time. Another thing you can do to make the game more difficult is to only allow them to make bounce passes to the other offensive player. If this seems too difficult for your players to get passes through you can Allow the offensive players to make one dribble to open up the passing angle. This will make it tougher for the defensive player.
3. no dribbling 5 on 5
This drill is a very useful drill that allows players and teams to work on improving spacing. It teaches players to get open, teaches players to get open, reduces over dribbling, teaches players to meet their passes, and reduces turnovers. As you can tell from this long list of benefits this drill can be a huge help to your teams success.
Teams split up into two 5 player teams.
The team on offense keeps the ball until they get a certain amount of points or a turnover.
The team with the ball gets one point every time they complete a pass to a teammate.
There has to be a pass every five seconds. If the team does not pass within the five seconds, they lose possession of the ball as with high school rules you cant hold the ball for 5 seconds while being defended.
A steal, taking more than five seconds to pass, dribbling, or a pass that goes out of bounds are all turnovers that gives the ball to the other team.
The game is over when one team reaches the pre determined amount of points.
Some things you may want to emphasize are teaching players simple pivoting principles before turning them loose in this drill. Also different cuts to get open like the v-cut and backdoor cut. This is also a opportunity to teach screening away from the ball to free cutters. This can be a great drill for improving your teams effectiveness on the court.
4. wall passing
This drill is for you to focus on passing technique for all the types of passes you will throw in a game like chess pass, bounce pass, over head pass, baseball pass, and even behind the back passes. Make sure the players are stepping into their pass. Spreading your fingers, this will help you improve ball control because more of your hand covers the ball. Snap your wrist this will help you quickly pass the ball. Make sure your players are in an athletic stance with their feet shoulder width apart, hips back, and knees bent.
Players line up facing a solid wall, about ten feet from the wall each with a basketball.
Have players locate a spot on the wall they are aiming for (you can put a piece of tape there or just an imaginary spot will do.)
Start with whatever type of pass you want and have players start passing the ball to that imaginary spot for a predetermined amount of times.
After players have reached that desired number of passes, they move on to the next type of pass.
5. team passing tag
This is also a very fun basketball passing drill that your team is sure to have fun with. This passing drills emphasizes quick ball movement and your players won’t be able to win if they don’t work as a team to pass the ball around.
Players split into two teams, one of catchers and one of runners. The runners all have balls and the team of catchers have one ball.
The ball cannot be thrown to tag players, it must be caught and then the player can tag a runner and the catchers cannot dribble or run with the ball.
runners must dribble the ball as the try to avoid getting tagged.
When the game starts The catchers try to tag the runners, but they can only tag them with their one basketball.
Play until everyone is caught or until a certain time limit, then swap roles.
You should limit the court to half court and players must stay inbound. Reinforce the idea that quick ball movement and good communication is key to success.
Now that you have the keys to improving your passing, it's time to get out there and practice them. If you have desire and access to a ball and rim there is no excuse for you not being a great basketball player.
There is no time like the present to start taking action.
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