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Basketball Passing Drills - Three-man passing

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Line three players up in a line about fifteen feet apart (adjust to skill level.) Call players L, C, and R. Start with L and R facing toward center and C facing R. L and R each holding the ball. Drill begins as R makes sharp chest pass to C, who quickly passes back to R. As soon as pass is made to R, C pivots to face L, who makes the pass to C as he is turning. C again catches the ball and passes back to L, and rotates back to receive the pass from R. This goes for about a minute or so, when the Coach stops the drill by having C hold the ball. Then C trades places with either of the other players and the drill begins again. Keep switching the players until all have been in center at least once (I try to have them do it twice.)

Number of Players:

3 per group with two balls per group


Have the passes start out slow at first, especially the first time you run the drill. Make sure the center man pivots on one foot - watch the footwork. Also, watch the center man and stop before he gets too tired or he may not be able to keep up with the other two.

This drill is good at teaching handling the ball, on footwork and on conditioning as the center cannot go long without getting winded.

I have used this drill with all skill levels from 3rd to 8th grades, boys and girls.




Passing and receiving the ball; quick footwork on pivoting; Quick hands


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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