Passing Drill: Find the Open Man
This is a fun passing drill that will improve passing accuracy, reduce turnovers, stimulate quick thinking, and help players anticipate their opponent's actions.
- Divide your team up into two groups and line them up in three opposing rows.
- The player in the first column must pass the ball to a teammate in the next column. The ball may be passed to the player either straight across or diagonal from them.
- The opposing player in the middle will guard a player and try to block or intercept the pass.
- The ball may not be held on to for more than two seconds.
- Once the ball is caught, they must turn and pass the ball to a teammate in the column behind them.
- The goal is to get the ball from one end of the court to the other, without committing a turnover. It's considered a turnover if the ball is held for more than two seconds.
Continually tell your players...
- Use pass fakes!
- Use your pivot to create space between you and your defender.
- Make accurate passes.
- Pass away from the defender.
Motivation / Teaching Tips
Tip #1 - Call out different types of passes that they are required to make (bounce, chest, one-hand step through, etc). You'll find that most players tend to stick with one or two types of passes. By calling out different types of passing, you force them to improve all types of passing skills.
Tip #2 - Add competition to the drill by timing how long it takes to get the ball to the other end. See which team can do it the quickest without committing a turnover.
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