Passing The Ball

Before you make a pass you must first know your possible passing lanes. There are 5 possible passing lanes when guarded by one defender these are the possible lanes:

  • Over the top of the defender's head.
  • Near the left side of his head.
  • Near the right side of his head.
  • Near his right leg.
  • Near his left leg.

Passing the ball from player to player is the quickest way to get the ball from point A to point B or around the court. Good ball movement with passing usually leads to easy buckets. The great teams are typically the most unselfish teams in the league and are always looking to make the extra pass.

A great pass isn't about throwing the ball to a teammate in hope's he or she catches it then scores. It's about making a pass that is can be easily caught by the receiver then put in the basket for points. Great passing isn't just about moving the ball around it requires some practice but with certain passes you may want to lead a receiver or throw it up high or squeeze the pass in between two defenders. I call this "setting up" your teammates for easy baskets. A good pass is always easy for the receiver to catch.

Here are a few passing techniques that will help improve your passing:

1) The Two-Handed Chest Pass

This pass is performed by holding the ball chest high with both hands. Try to keep your fingers spread and elbows out. When you are ready to pass the ball, step into the direction of your pass for speed and balance.

2) The Two-Handed Bounce Pass

This pass is performed similarly to the two-handed chest pass, but with a bounce before it reaches the receiver. Depending on the situation this kind of pass is very useful. Remember that a good pass is only good if it can be easily caught by the receiver. The bounce pass should reach the receivers waist or thigh level to be an effective pass.

3) The Two-Handed Overhead Pass

This pass is performed by holding the ball above your head not behind your head with both hands. Try to keep your fingers spread to help maintain a strong grip on the ball. The pass is used to generate speed and power, in fact, the overhead pass is the most powerful pass in the game. The overhead pass is the most commonly used pass for getting the ball from one side of the court to the other quickly.