Basketball Passing Drills For Players, Parents & Coaches

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Basketball Passing Drills are often the most overlooked and neglected aspect of the game. Players and coaches spend most of their offensive time practicing dribbling and shooting - which are very important individual skills.

However, for the team to be successful, players must develop their passing and catching skills. There is nothing more important to team success than good passing!







The only way this is accomplished is by practicing a variety of basketball passing drills. The skills of passing and catching go together. The drills below are labeled as passing drills - but they are obviously working on the catching end of it as well.

By learning and understanding these basketball passing drills...

Players will become effective at passing and catching the basketball. They will be more aware of the importance of good passing. They will also have a better understanding of the various passes used.

Parents will have a better understanding of the passes used during the game of basketball. They will have the ability to help their child practice and succeed with these various passes.

Coaches will be able to teach their players the skills needed to be effective and efficient passers. They will be able to show their players the importance of good team passing.


Individual Basketball Passing Drills


1. Wall Basketball Passing Drills

Goal - To practice the skills of passing and catching without a partner.

Equipment - One basketball per player. Wall space, a 3' x 3' target can be added if desired.

Action - Players will stand back 10 feet from the wall to start. Players will pass the basketball against the wall, trying to hit their target with each pass. As they pass the ball, they should leave their feet on the floor.

They will then catch the basketball as it bounces back to them. As they catch the ball, they should have their feet in the air and then come to a quick stop. The players will practice the following passes: Chest Pass, Bounce Pass, Overhead Pass, Baseball Pass, and Push Pass. As the players' accuracy improves, have them continually move back further from the wall.


Partner Basketball Passing Drills


1. Two Line Partner Basketball Passing Drills

Goal - To practice the skills needed to pass and catch properly with a partner.

Equipment - Basketball court. One basketball per pair.

Action - Players will form two lines along the free throw lane lines. Partners will be facing each other. The coach will stand in a position to be able to see all players.

The players will make the following passes back and forth to each other: Chest Pass, Bounce Pass, Overhead Pass, Baseball Pass, and Push Pass. Players should practice the proper footwork when passing and catching the basketball.


2. Moving Pairs Basketball Passing Drills

Goal - To practice the skills needed to pass and catch properly while moving.

Equipment - Basketball court. 20 square feet of space for each pair. One basketball per pair.

Action - Players will divide up on the court with a partner and a basketball. The passer will make the following passes: Chest Pass, Bounce Pass, One-Hand Bounce Pass, Overhead Pass, Baseball Pass, and Push Pass. The receiver will work on getting open using various cuts and moves.

When the pass is made, the receiver will catch the ball with their feet in the air, come to a quick stop and then pivot to face the passer in a triple-threat position. The players will then switch roles.


3. Two-Man Slide Basketball Passing Drills

Goal - To practice the skills needed to pass and catch properly while moving.

Equipment - Basketball court, full-court. One basketball per pair.

Action - Players will form two lines, 10 - 15 feet apart, at one of the baselines. Each pair will slide down the court to the opposite baseline while making chest passes back and forth to each other.

The players should not dribble the basketball, travel or cross their feet. The next pair in line will start once the first pair reaches the top of the key. The players should work on proper passing and catching fundamentals as they are sliding down the court.


Group Basketball Passing Drills


Goal - To practice the skills needed to pass and catch the basketball in a group situation. Players will also work on their eye-hand coordination and peripheral vision.

Equipment - Basketball court, full-court or half-court. One or more basketballs per group.

Action - Players will divide into groups to perform the following drills. They should concentrate on the proper fundamentals needed to make quick, accurate passes - as well as good catches.

1. Rapid Fire Basketball Passing Drill - Players will divide into groups of six. One player (#1), with a basketball, will stand at the free throw line facing his teammates. The other players will form a semi-circle from one side of the free throw line to the other, facing the passer.

One player (#2) in the group will also have a basketball. Player #1 will make a chest pass to any player in the group. As he does this player #2 makes a chest pass to player #1. This action is continued with two balls being passed back and forth between player #1 and all the players of the group. The players should work on making quick, accurate passes, being alert, and working with their teammates.


2. Triangle Basketball Passing Drill - Players will divide into three groups. Each group will form a line 15 feet from the other groups. The three lines should form a triangle. The players will make the following passes: Chest Pass, Bounce Pass, and Overhead Pass.

The first player in one of the lines will start with the basketball. They will make a chest pass to the player to their right and then sprint to the end of that line. This action will continue around the triangle in the right direction. The coach should have the players work on the bounce pass and overhead pass. This drill should be done in the right direction as well as the left direction.


3. Monkey In The Middle Basketball Passing Drill - Players will divide into groups of three. The groups will spread out throughout the gym. Each group will have two offensive players and one defensive player. The offensive players should face each other about 12 feet apart. The defensive player stands between the offensive players about two feet from the player with the ball.

The offensive players will use the chest pass, bounce pass, and one-hand bounce pass. The offensive players cannot move more than one step to either side and cannot throw lob passes over the defenders head. The offensive players must work on good ball fakes and quick passes. Players should switch positions after 30 seconds.


4. Circle Basketball Passing Drill - Players will divide into groups of five. Each group will be positioned at one of the jump ball circles. The players should be one step outside of the circle.

The players will pass the basketball across the circle to a teammate who will catch it and then make a pass to another teammate. This action will be continued with the players working on the chest pass, bounce pass, one-hand bounce pass, overhead pass and push pass.


5. Circle Basketball Passing Drill 2 - Players will divide into groups of five. Each group will be positioned at one of the jump ball circles. The players should be one step outside of the circle.

The players will pass the basketball around the outside of the circle to a teammate who will catch it and then make a pass to another teammate. This action will be continued with the players working on the chest pass, bounce pass, one-hand bounce pass, overhead pass and push pass.


6. Three Man Basketball Passing Drill - Players form three lines, about 15 feet apart, at one of the baselines. They will run down the court in straight lines while making chest passes back and forth to their teammates.

The player in the middle line will start with the basketball. The passing pattern will be: Middle line to right line back to middle line to left line back to middle line and repeat. The players should work on quick, accurate passes to their teammates.


7. Three Man Weave Basketball Passing Drill - Players form three lines, about 15 feet apart, at one on the baselines. They will run down the court in a weaving manner while making chest passes to their teammates.

The player in the middle line will start with the basketball. The players will start running down the court. The player in the middle will pass the ball to the player in the right line who is weaving into the middle line. The passer then runs to the area that was just vacated by the receiver. The receiver then repeats this action with the player in the left line.

The players must remember that the ball should stay in the middle of the court. This is done by passing the ball to the player who is entering the middle lane. As players get more confident with this drill, a lay-up can be added to the end of the drill.

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I hope you found these Basketball Passing Drills to be helpful and informative. Remember passing is the most important fundamental skill needed for team success. Good passing leads to getting good shots and easy baskets.

If you need more great information on these basketball passing drills or other basketball topics, I would suggest you purchase some good basketball books and videos. These will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about the game of basketball.







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