This is a beginner basketball passing drill to help younger players learn how to make a pass off of the dribble. The basketball drill will allow for a lot of repetitions in a short period of time, which will, hopefully, help the player develop good passing habits. Passing off of the dribble with only one hand can be a risky pass if not mastered. It is because it tends to be floated or off target, so it is crucial that the player masters this type of pass before attempting it in a game.
Passing off of the dribble is really important for point guards and players that handle the basketball a lot. You will not always have the time to pick the basketball up with both hands before making a pass. There may only be a small window to get the basketball into, and if you pick the ball up with both hands to make a pass, it may close. This is also a great drill to use when you have a large group for basketball training or in a basketball camp situation because it gets a lot of players involved at the same time and doesn’t take up very much space.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Steve Nash Off of the Dribble Partner Passing Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs and a partner.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on being able to pass off of the dribble with either hand.
- Don’t be afraid to mess up, and try to push yourself to go as fast as you can (while still practicing the correct technique).
- Really make sure that you are snapping your passes, and try to be as accurate as you can.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Each player is going to start with a basketball and facing each other.
- The basketballs are going to be opposite each other in the player’s hands.
- When the drill starts, the players will take one pound dribble and then pass to their partner.
- As soon as each partner catches the basketball, they are going to repeat the movement.
- They will alternate which hand they pass with each time, and the drill should go for 20-30 seconds.