Youth basketball passing drills are great for teaching two of the most fundamental, but often most neglected skills in basketball:
PASSING and CATCHING
Learn how to play basketball better by improving your passing and catching skills with 10 excellent drills you can do alone or with a partner.
Basketball is a team sport.
Individual players may be able to dribble and shoot, but if they can't pass the ball to a teammate or receive a pass in return, teams are going to have a hard time scoring, and the game isn't going to be much fun.
Most basketball drills involve passing and catching anyway, so introducing basic passing drills is definitely the place to start working with your beginner.
As a matter of safety, it's really important to teach players the fundamentals of catching a basketball pass.
Until players are able to catch the ball consistently, they won't be able to master the basketball passing drills.
There are a variety of passes a player will need to use in the course of a game, and the youth basketball drills provided below will give players the opportunity to work on all of them.
Before advancing to the drills, it's important to first learn how to throw the different types of basketball passes.
It's also helpful to learn some key pointers for becoming a good passer.
The following basketball passing drills are designed for 1-2 people. If you have a team of players, most of these drills will work fine if you just divide all of your players into pairs.
These drills will give you the opportunity to work on every type of basketball pass. Make sure to use each one in every drill. If you're not sure how to execute a particular pass, click on its link for helpful coaching tips.
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BASKETBALL PASSING DRILLS
for 1 Player
Partner Passing Series
Partner Passing with a Dummy Defender
Partner Passing on the Move
Passing with Pressure
Partner Passing with 2 Balls
Basketball Passing Drills #1
Ball Handling Warm-Up
Start with stationary ball handling drills to warm up your hands.
Basketball Passing Drills #2
Pass to yourself by tossing the ball out in front with a backspin. (With both hands on the side of the ball, thumbs up, and fingers pointing out in front, rotate the wrists quickly so the thumbs face you and the fingers point up. This quick rotation puts a backspin on the ball that should make it come back toward you.)
If you have a basket, great! If you don't, you can still get a ton of benefit out of working on your technique while shooting at an imaginary target.
Basketball Passing Drills #3
I will assume for these drills that you don't have a Toss Back sitting out in your driveway. If you do, I would use it instead of a wall.
Stand about 12 feet from the wall in a good balanced position. Pass and catch the ball as quickly as you can in a specified period of time. Try this with each type of pass.
Basketball Passing Drills #4
Wall Passing on the Move
Mark 2 lines on the ground in front of the wall about 5 feet apart. Start with your outside foot touching one of the lines. Pass the ball off the wall, slide, and catch it at the other line.
Use a chest pass and take short quick sliding steps without crossing your feet. Keep moving laterally while you are passing and catching. Change direction each time you hit a line. This works on leading your pass, quickness, agility, and using both hands to catch the ball.
Basketball Passing Drills #5
Put tape markers on the wall or identify cracks or spots on the wall for targets. See how many times you can hit a particular target in 30 seconds.
Note: It may not be possible to hit all targets with every type of pass.
A quick coaching tip:
Basketball passing drills can become boring and monotonous if done too long in isolation from other skills.
I suggest that once the basic skills are taught and practiced a few times, incorporate passing and catching into your shooting drills, dribbling drills, etc.
This will not only liven things up, but it will be more game-like and help kids see how the different fundamental skills all work together.
After you've done some basketball passing drills, how about working on some other youth basketball drills?