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Basketball Passing Basics And Tricks

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Basketball is one of those games where everyone gets involved. It is considered to be a great team game as we said that everyone gets involved in this game. To make that happen, the skill of passing should be acquired. It is indeed the most important skill. However, it is often ignored, and players do not work upon it as seriously as they should.

While teaching the passing, the coaches should also ensure to teach the mentality. In addition to this, while teaching young players, it is essential to make sure about what their mental and physical limitations are. They are developing, and it may take time. They may try to do stuff they watch on television. However, they do not have those skill sets or the ability to make those moves successful while they are still developing. Another factor to consider is the experience. They can not calculate the time for a ball to reach from one point to another, and due to the slow recognition, it results in bad passes. This can ultimately make a player reluctant to try again and make the next pass.

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Types Of Passes:

Basically, there are two types of passes:

  •     Bounce Passes: Thrown to the floor so that it bounces and reaches the player.
  •     Air Pass: The ball passes from one player to another without even touching the floor.


Basic Variation:

  •     Bounce Pass
  •     Overhead Pass
  •     Wrap Around Pass
  •     Chest Pass

Advanced Variations:

  •     Dribble Pass
  •     Baseball Pass
  •     Dribble Pass
  •     Pick and then Roll Pass.
  •     Behind-the-Back Pass
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Best Teaching Points:

You should put emphasis on the following points while teaching passing:

  •     If a teammate can catch the pass, it is considered to be a good pass.
  •     step towards the receiver when passing
  •     Move to the pass when catching.
  •     The ball must have the backspin. Similar to that of shooting. This can be achieved, following through with each and every pass.

Basic Passes:

The Chest Pass:

As it originated from the chest, its name is the chest Pass. The ball is gripped from the sides, with thumbs being directly behind the ball. While a pass is being thrown, fingers get rotated from behind from the ball. Ultimately, the thumbs turn down. The follow-through then has the hands’ back facing each other. It happens with thumbs being straight down.

Players should make sure to throw the ball to the chest level of the receiving player. It can become difficult if passes are too low or too high.


Bounce Pass:

By aiming towards the floor, maintaining the same motion, bounce passes, or the ball is thrown. To bounce the ball waist height of the receiving player, it must be thrown at a distance. It will be easy to judge the distance if a consistent and proper backspin is put on the ball.

Overhead Pass:

It is usually used as the outlet pass. The ball must be brought above the forehead. Ensure it is with both the hands-on ball’s side, then follow through. Your aim must be your teammate’s chin.

Wrap Around The Pass:

With the non-pivot foot, you must step around the defense. The ball must be passed with the outside hand. Also, It can be utilized as a bounce or air pass.

Advance Passes:

The Baseball Pass:

Using the same motion of the baseball throw, long passes are made. You must be careful while teaching this to young kids.

Dribble Pass:

One hand off the dribble, it used in order to pass on the ball quickly. It can be the bounce or the air passes.

Behind The Back Pass:

Here you wrap your ball around the back in order to throw a ball. It can prove out to be best to avoid defenders while making the pass is risky. It may be utilized to strike the ball where the player is trailing the fast break.

Pick And Roll Pass:

When defenders double the team, or they switch on pick and the roll, this pass may prove out to be beneficial. In case you dribble to your right position, the left side of yours would be exposed to the targets. From the right side, you will bring up the ball in order to throw it overhead the screener that either pops to the perimeter or rolls to the basket.

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