Throwing the chest pass is a key part of the game. Being able
to throw this pass with strength and accuracy is essential.
Here's a great
drill for working on throwing good shest passes. Stand about six
to eight feet apart from a teammate and throw a chest pass, stepping
forward with your right foot, fully extending your arms, and flicking
your wrist as you make the pass. Your teammate will make the same
pass back to you. Make 10 passes, stepping forward with your right
foot for five of the passes, and with your left foot for five of
Then, step back
five feet and repeat the drill. After completing 10 passes at this
distance, step back another five feet and repeat the drill. Continue
moving back five feet and repeating the drill until you are no longer
able to make a good pass to your teammate.
Making good bounce passes will help you become a better offensive
player. In lots of situations, bounce passes are much more effective
than a chest pass.
bounce passes, stand about six to eight feet apart from a teammate
and throw a bounce pass. The bounce pass should hit the ground about
2/3'rds of the way to your teammate and bounce up so it gets to
the player around waist level. Just as you do with a chest pass,
step forward with one leg as you make the pass.
Make 10 bounce
passes at this distance, then step back five feet and make another
10 passes. Continue moving back until you can no longer make a good
pass to your teammate.
Push passes are great passes for getting by a defender. If you
are being crowded by the defense, stepping past the defender and
making a push pass is sometimes the only way to get the ball to
push passes, stand about six to eight feet apart from a teammate
and throw the pass. Here's how: if you are going to go to your right
to make the pass, step forward with your right leg (a big step forward),
keep both hands on the ball, and as you plant your right foot past
the defender, push the ball out to your teammate, making a nice
Make 10 push
passes to your teammate from six to eight feet, then step back five
feet and make another 10 passes. Continue moving back until you
can no longer make a good pass to your teammate.
Making an overhead, 2-handed pass is an essential tool to playing
offense. There will be lots of times when you need to make a long
pass to a teammate who is across or up the floor from you.
Have a teammate
stand 20 to 25 feet away from you. Put the ball above your head,
and hold it with both hands. As you step forward with one foot,
move the ball back slightly so it's above your head and slightly
back (so it's not directly above your head, but just above and behind
it). As your foot hits the ground, extend your arms out so you make
a good, strong pass, and your arms end up full extended, out in
front of your head.
these pass over farily long distances, because that is the typical
situation in which these passes will be thrown in game situations.
As you practice passing to your teammates, keep moving back so you
have to throw the pass over longer and longer distances.
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