Okay, this is one of my all-time favorite drills for passing, finishing, communication and conditioning.
- Set up four passers, with one at each elbow on both sides of the court.
- The rest of your players will form two lines, at opposite ends of the court, right where the right lane line and baseline meet.Â (see the diagram below)
- Each line has one ball.
1.Â On your command, the player at the front of the line will hit the passer at the elbow, then start sprinting down court, making sure to stay wide.
2.Â The passer will hit them back, after which they’ll make a full court pass up to the passer at the next elbow.
3.Â The passer will then hit the player back just as they pass them, allowing them to finish strong with the layup.
4.Â The goal is for the players to score 110 points in 4 minutes. Layups are worth 2, misses and turnovers are -1, and a bad rotation is -4
5.Â Every 30 seconds, we rotate the passers.
6.Â Designate passing spots as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, with the 4th passer joining the layup lines and the rest of the players sliding up one spot, and a new player coming into the 1st spot.
7.Â It’s up to the players to figure out who’s going where, but you will let them know once every 30 seconds has passed
- Make sure that all players are using proper chest pass fundamentals, snapping the ball and finishing with the thumbs down and fingers pointing out.
- Passers should call the name of the person they are passing too, so there should be a constant noise of names being called out throughout the drill.
- Pass receivers should show a proper target, catch the ball with soft hands and step into the pass to catch it
- Left handed layups (simply move the line to where the left lane line and baseline meet)
- Bounce passes, baseball passes, or overhead passes instead of chest passes
- Add a token defender at the rim to put the layup shooter under some pressure
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