By understanding and mastering the Basketball Passing Fundamentals below:
- Players will improve their passing and catching skills.
- Parents will be able to help their child practice and learn the proper techniques of passing.
- Coaches will increase their knowledge and understanding of passing. They will also become more effective at teaching this important skill of the game.
Valuable Basketball Passing
- Passing should be the first option to move the ball up the court.
- Practice passing against a wall or with a friend. Set a target and aim for it.
- Run when passing on the move, don’t shuffle your feet – this slows you down.
- Always pass ahead of the receiver on the move.
- Always be a good receiver, show ten fingers and call for the ball.
- In half-court offense catch the ball and get into a triple threat position, ready for action.
- Make quick decisions. Anticipate your passing options before receiving the ball.
- Step when making a pass. This will improve your power and balance.
- Fake a pass before you make a pass. This will keep the defense off balance.
- Fake high – pass low. Fake low – pass high. Again, keep the defense guessing and off balance.
- When using a push pass, pass with the hand away from the defense.
- In general, when making a push pass to the left – use the left hand and when making a push pass to the right – use the right hand.
- Practice all passes with both hands. Improve your weak hand.
- Use baseball and overhead passes for long distance passes, such as outlets.
- Avoid passing over the top of the defense. Only do this when necessary.
- Avoid bounce passes around the three-point line and in the open court. Short, quick chest passes work better in this situation.
- Bounce passes are normally slow and easily picked off.
- Use bounce passes to feed the post.
- Avoid making bounce passes across the key area.
- Add the hand-off to your game. Many offensive options can be created from the hand-off.