Passing Line Sequences

Start with basic passing motions then build by adding sprinting and defending into this basketball drill to improve an underdeveloped skill set.

WHY USE THIS BASKETBALL PASSING DRILL
Don’t expect players to fire crisp passes until they have the basics driven home repeatedly in practice.

SET UP
Position one group of players to the left of the free throw line. The first player in line has a ball. A second line of players is set across from the first.

HOW TO PLAY
Start with simple chest passes. After making then pass, the player sprints to the end of the line to which he or she passed. After a couple of minutes, have players execute two-handed bounce passes [1]. In the next sequence, the player catches the pass, up fakes, rips low below the knees, takes one dribble to the right, jump stops and fires a two-handed chest pass to the opposite line [2]. The final sequence involves passing, then defending the receiver. The receiver has to catch the ball, fake the pass low and throw a two-handed overhead pass [3].

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TECHNIQUE
When adding in the defensive component, start by having players use a loose close-out with windmill arm action, then build to an aggressive close-out forcing the passer to make at least three pass fakes before throwing to the opposite line.

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