Tips And Techniques For Basketball Players: Play Like A Pro! Passing Drills


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Basketball is an amazing game, a quick-paced, non-stop sport with end-to-end action, featuring great athletes with incredible hand-eye coordination. There are many ways amateur athletes can improve themselves and their game to help them play like a pro. By practicing drills, conditioning, following a strict diet, and improving hand-eye coordination, you’ll be paying like your favorite pros in no time.


There are five parts to the game of basketball that an athlete must concern himself with. They are shooting, passing, rebounding, ball-handling, and the movement around the court. There are many drills in each of these categories that can help. While there are different schools of thought on how to practice, the following is just a sample of the many ways there are to improve basketball skills through practicing drills.


Passing is an important part of the game, and should not be overlooked. Whether it’s an entry pass, a fast-break transition, or inside a set offense, passing can help a team maintain possession and control the flow of the game.

Here are some examples of passing drills:

  1. Chest pass
    This is the most basic of passing. The chest pass is most commonly used within a set offense. This is a quick pass that does not touch the ground. The ball should come off the shooter’s fingertips with the thumbs facing down. Stepping into the pass provides more power, and knees should be bent and relaxed. The pass should be aimed at the receiver’s chest area. This is a good pass to practice against a wall if a partner isn’t available.
  2. Bounce pass
    This is the second most basic of basketball passing. The same basic follow through and hand position as the chest pass is used in the bounce pass. Both types of passes create backspin, making the ball easier to catch. The bounce of this pass should hit roughly two-thirds of the way to the receiver. Unlike the chest pass, this pass should go from the shooter’s waist to the receiver’s waist. Again, this is a good drill to do against a wall if nobody else is available.
  3. Baseball pass
    The baseball pass is an overhand throw that is most commonly used to cover a lot of the court to start off a fast break. Hold the ball with both hands to the throwing side of your body, with your passing hand a bit higher on the ball. Cock the ball near your ear with your hand behind the ball to help keep the ball with enough backspin to aid with aim. The pass should go over the defense while leading the receiver.
  4. Step and pass drill
    Start with one player on the middle of the foul line and the other on the side line, both on the same end line, facing each other. Both players then side step quickly down the court in a light, almost jumping, step. The players then send a chest pass to each other every two or three steps, without letting the ball hit the ground.
  5. Pass and Go Circle Drill
    This is a good drill to do when you have a number of people to help. Form a circle around the midcourt jump circle, or a 4-meter diameter circle if you’re not on a court. One person should start in the middle. The first person makes a chest pass to the person in the middle, and then follows his throw to the middle position. The receiver then passes to the next person in the circle, and follows his shot. Then continue in this fashion around the circle. This helps players make good throws when under pressure before moving to a new position in the offensive set. Make it a challenge by making one hundred passes without the ball touching the ground. This is also a good drill to do with overhead passes, which is a two-handed, overhead throw aimed at the receiver’s chest.

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