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Basketball Passing Drills - Passing Skills Drill

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Pass, close out, pass, close-out. Conditioning, defensive stance, good pass, call for ball, jump to ball, get in triple threat and dribble/pass.


Two players on baseline, one facing them at free-throw line. 1st player on baseline rolls ball to player at free-throw line and closes out. The second person at baseline gets in stance and calls for ball, showing hand for target. Player with ball gets two dribbles max and passes to person calling for ball. Pass must be to side with hand out, not into body. Players calling for body jumps to ball and immediately gets into triple threat position. Passer closes out and person with ball becomes passer.

Number of Players:

3 minimum


This drill incorporates good passing, triple threat by person asking for ball, and conditioning. All 3 players rotate every position, passer, defender and asking for ball. Passer must pass to hand asking for ball from the same side as person asking with ball, no crossover passes. Defender must close out, shadow ball and immediately ask for ball after pass is made. The player asking for ball must make themselves big, by spreading out and good position and jump to the ball, then getting in triple threat position and be ready to pass, dribble immediately. Great for conditioning!


Use 4 players in a line so they get a little breather, if you like. We have all 14 players in 4 lines with 4 balls. you can do drill with 2 dribbles max, 1 dribble, no dribbling, etc.


Passing, close outs, jump to the ball and dribbling


This basketball drill is licensed under a Creative Commons License. This drill is from Pål Degerstrøm at www.degerstrom.com/basketball.

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