Basketball Passing Drills For Coaches part 3

Basketball Passing Drills For Coaches part 3

This drill will be focusing on passing drills for coaches. This post will be the third one out of a series I am starting. As a coach you should be able to change some of these drills so that it can better suit your student, cater their skill level for example or age. As of right now just enjoy this post and make sure to soak in all the information that is presented in here.

Variable & Interleaving Passing Drills (No Defense)

 

Transition Offense Drill – 2 Trips

This is a good drill to teach transition offense, spacing, and work on passing.  We often use this early in the season when teaching players transition offense concepts and positions.
instructions
Coach has the ball.  5 players inside 3pt arc.
 Next group of players against the wall ready to rotate in. 5 players run in a circle, coach tosses ball off backboard and players run transition offense.
Coaches can script sequences so players can learn different transition options.
In this sequence, players will hit either wing and pass to the rim runner for a lay up. For this example, players can fill any position and they should fill based on whoever is closest to that position.

Coach takes a shot (intentional miss). 3 gets the rebound and decides to advance the ball as the point guard.

1 gets wide and sprints to right wing. 4 sprints to left wing. 5 becomes rim runner. 2 is trailer.

3 passes ahead to 1. 1 dribbles to wing and passes to 5 (the rim runner) for a lay up.

Players should then get the rebound and immediately transition back to the other end. Pass the ball ahead to either wing and then hit the rim runner for a lay up.

In this example, 5 got the rebound and passed ahead to the left wing (3). 3 passed to the rim runner (2) for the lay up.

This group is now out and the next group is in (players 6 to 10). Players 6 to 10 should now run in a circle, coach shoots, and players run their “2 trips” in transition offense. It’s important for the group waiting to be ready to start immediately so you keep the drill efficient and fast paced.

Variation 1 – PG Slice Option To help players learn the various options in transition, you can script other sequences and have players run those options in their “2 trips”.  There are lots of ways you can script out the 2 trips.  Here are a few examples… PG Slice – The point guard pretends the right wing is not open, so the PG slices the court with their dribble and passes to the left wing (4) instead.  The left wing then passes to the rim runner (5).

Variation 2

– Trailer Ball Screen Option In this scripted sequence, the PG dribbles down the court and the trailer sets a ball screen to initiate the offense.

Variation 3 – Five Passes Before Shot To teach players how to “start” their half court offense, you can have them make 3-5 passes before the shot.  So on the “1st trip”, players run the floor and then run their half court offense making 5 passes.  The player that catches the 5th passes takes a shot.  Players then get rebound and transition back for their “2nd trip”.  Those are just a few examples of how you could script sequences.  You could start with drive and kick, dribble at with back cut, screen away, and so on.   In any case, you will find many teaching opportunities in this drill… Points of Emphasis Our points of emphasis include:

  • Sprint!  First 3 steps are critical.
  • Turn your head and look for the ball so PG can pass ahead to you.
  • We want spacing immediately… so wings should get wide and we want great spacing as we run the floor.
  • Communicate… call out your position as you fill spots and run the floor.
  • Improvise when needed.  Our goal is to beat the team down the court for a lay up and if nothing is there start motion actions immediately to put as much pressure on the defense as possible.  To do that we need players running the floor and spaced.  The transition might look different each time down the court so you need to improvise to keep spacing and get the ball up the court as fast as possible.

5v0 Offensive Passing

This is a staple drill that allows you to develop your offense and work on passing at the same time.
In this drill, your team runs the offense without shots or defense.  This is an effective way to develop your offense, spacing, cutting fundamentals, screening fundamentals, and work on passing at the same time.   In the examples below we will use a 5-out motion.  This same drill can also be used with 4-out and 3-out offenses.
Variation 1 – Pass and Cut
instructions
The first variation of this drill starts with basic passing and cutting.
Players start in their 5 out spots.  Or instead of using “spots” we just tell players to fill and space on the the 3pt line.
Then players simply run their offense without taking shots.
You want players making good passes, catching in triple threat position, and executing the fine details of your offense.

Players can pass to the left or right. In this example, 1 passes to 2. 1 cuts to the basket.

3 and 5 then replace the open areas.

 

1 doesn’t get the ball so he fills the open spot in the corner. 2 passes to 3.

2 cuts to the basket and 4 fills the open area. 2 then clears to the open corner.

 

3 passes to 5 and cuts to the basket.  The continuity continues. Points of Emphasis (Pass and Cut)

  • Cut hard all the way to the basket.
  • Look for the ball as you cut.
  • Player with the ball should watch the cutter.
  • No banana (rounded) cuts — crisp cuts only.
  • Use hand signals when filling so passer knows if you’re popping out or back cutting.

Variation 2

– Pass and Screen Away In this example, players will screen away and curl every time they pass the ball.

3 passes to 4.  3 screens away for 5.  5 sets up the screen and then curls to the basket.

After screening 3 opens up to the ball.  1 fills the open spot.  And 5 clears to the corner.   The screening process can continue as the ball is passed around. Points of Emphasis (Pass and Screen Away)

  • Call out your screen verbally and visually (with fist).
  • Set up your screen.
  • Cutter comes off shoulder to hip.
  • Cutter curls all the way to the backboard and then finds an open spot.
  • For good timing and quick passing, screener must pop as the screener brushes their shoulder and cuts to ball aggressively (sprint back to the same spot you came from).

 

More Variations Other variations of the 5 out passing drill include:

  • 2-4 passes (with cuts) and then screen away
  • 2-4 passes (with cuts) and then dribble at
  • 2-4 passes (with cuts) and then post up with laker cut
  • 2-4 passes, dribble penetrate, relocate, and kick.
  • 2-4 passes and ball screen.
  • Players choice – make any cut or screen you want.

General Points of Emphasis Regardless of the variation used, we look for the following in this drill:

  • Make good passes – crisp and accurate.  This is a passing drill!
  • Catch and face in triple threat.

Partner Pass and Pivot Drill

Instructions
Partners line up on the sideline.
First player in line has a ball.
Dribble 10-20 feet, jump stop, and execute the prescribed pivot (ex: front pivot).
After completing the pivot, pass the ball back to your partner.

Passer then cuts back to the starting position. At the same time, the receiver dribbles 10-20 feet, jump stops, and executes the prescribed pivot.

The process repeats for desired number of repetitions or duration.

Progressions and variations:

1) Front pivot

2) Inside pivot

3) Front pivot, step through

4) Front pivot, step through, front pivot

5) Drop step, inside pivot

6) Combine other pivots.  You can specify any footwork combination you can imagine.

7) Vary the passes… bounce, chest or overhead.  

Teaching Points

– Start with basic pivots first (front pivot and inside pivot).  

Teach one pivot each day and slowly add more pivots as they get comfortable.  

– With the front and inside pivot, have players make a full 180 degree pivot and maintain good balance.  Then make the pass.

– Both feet should hit the floor at same time on the jump stop.  Keep knees bent (in good athletic position) on all pivots.

String Spacing – Dribble At Wing

Combo drill that improves spacing, passing off the dribble, cutting, and finishing.  In this drill we are taking a piece of our offense and turning it into a skill building drill.
String Spacing Explanation
With the string spacing drills, players should imagine that they are connected by a 12-15 foot string.  If players get close together the string will sag and touch the ground.  If players get too far apart, the string will break. The goal is to keep the string taut so it doesn’t break or touch the ground.  Players should move in unison.
Set Up
This is a 2-5 player drill.  The smaller the numbers, the more reps you get.  We usually limit to 2 or 3 players per basket.  You can also run the drill on both sides of the basket if you have limited baskets to use.
Variation 1 – Back Cut
instructions
1 dribbles towards 2.
To improve spacing, 2 back door cuts as the ball is dribbled towards them (keeping the string taut).
1 then picks up the ball and makes a pass off the dribble to the cutter (2). 2 finishes with a lay up.
2 gets the rebound and passes the ball to 3. 2 then goes to the end of the line and the process repeats. (3 dribbles toward 1 and so on).
Variation 2
– Flare If there’s space in the corner, 2 could flare to the corner instead of back cutting.
And then take the shot.
In a 5 out offense, there may not be space in the corner.  A
nd you may always want your players back cutting.
In any case, flaring can be another way to maintain spacing.
Variation 3
– Penetrate and Circle or Flare If 1 dribble penetrates, 2 can look to circle behind or flare for the kick out.   Both actions will create space.
 The action you use depends on your offense and can also depend on the situation (whether a teammate is in the corner or not).
You may want to require players to always circle behind or let them choose.
More Variations If you have 3 or more players you can add a second ball to speed up the drill.    To mix things up, you can move the dribbler and cutters (ex: dribbler can start at wing and dribble to the top).  This gets them familiar with other offensive situations that happen in a game and allows them to practice finishing lay ups from different angles.   Points of Emphasis
  • Don’t move too early.  Wait for the dribbler and read their movement.
  • Don’t move too late…. move on a string keeping the string taut.
  • When passing you can either emphasize “ball pick up” and passing off the dribble.  Or you can emphasis jump stops, pivots, and then passing.

Highly Recommended for Motion Offense Development We find that string spacing drills are critical to our offensive development.  Players need to learn how to adjust spacing as the ball is dribbled and this drill is effective at teaching that concept.  This drill is highly recommended for motion offense.

10 Creative Passing & Footwork Drills

Drill #1 – Wall Toss with Jump Stop and Right Front Pivot

– Pick a spot on the wall and try to hit the same spot on each pass.
– Both feet should hit floor at same time on jump stop.
– Keep knees bent during entire pivot.
– Perform 8-12 repetitions.

 

Drill #2 – Wall Toss with Jump Stop and Left Front Pivot

– Pick a spot on the wall and try to hit the same spot on each pass.
– Both feet should hit floor at same time on jump stop.
– Keep knees bent during entire pivot.
– Perform 8-12 repetitions.

 

Drill #3 – Wall Toss – Behind Back (Right)

CHALLENGE: Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.

 

Drill #4 – Wall Toss – Behind Back (Left)

CHALLENGE: Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.

 

Drill #5 – Wall Toss – Figure 8 Throws (Right Hand)

CHALLENGE: Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.

 

Drill #6 – Wall Toss – Figure 8 Throws (Left Hand)

CHALLENGE: Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.

 

Drill #7 – Wall Toss – Pound Dribble, Toss (Right Hand)

– Pick a spot on the wall and try to hit the same spot on each pass
– Bend your knees
– Keep your head up
– Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.

 

Drill #8 – Wall Toss – Pound Dribble, Toss (Left Hand)

– Pick a spot on the wall and try to hit the same spot on each pass
– Bend your knees
– Keep your head up
– Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.

 

Drill #9 – Wall Toss – Through Leg, Behind Back Dribble, Right Hand Toss

– Pick a spot on the wall and try to hit the same spot on each pass
– Bend your knees
– Keep your head up
– Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.

 

Drill #10 – Wall Toss – Through Leg, Behind Back Dribble, Right Hand Toss

– Pick a spot on the wall and try to hit the same spot on each pass
– Bend your knees
– Keep your head up
– Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.

 

Train on the Edge!

To make significant improvements, it’s important to “train on the edge”.

In other words, you should dribble and pass so quickly and with so much force, that you’re almost messing up. And you should make some mistakes. This means you’re training on the edge… pushing yourself.

This will improve your hand speed, strength, allow you to play faster, and allow you to develop better skills.

In summary, I hope you have enjoyed this drill and make sure to stay tuned for more informative drills from this series. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comment section below, I will happily answer them. Also, if you have any things that you think should be added to this post I will try my best to improve on it;) Lastly add up the socials and receive updates on when I am dropping a post or something in the shop and generally anything about basketball.

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