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10 Creative Passing & Footwork Drills You Can Do On Your Own - NO Partner Needed

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Sometimes you want to work on your skills but you're all by yourself. That can make it difficult to work on skills like passing and catching...

However, with a little creativity, you can still work on passing and all aspects of your game without a partner.

If you want to become a great player and reach your potential, you must work out on your own. The best players in the world work extremely hard when no one is around. Do you?

Here are some creative passing and footwork drills that you can do at home, in the garage, at the gym or any place you can find a solid wall.

Use these drills to improve your passing, catching, strength, hand speed, and overall ballhandling skills. Now... get to work!


Drill #1 - Wall Toss with Jump Stop and Right Front Pivot

- Pick a spot on the wall and try to hit the same spot on each pass.
- Both feet should hit floor at same time on jump stop.
- Keep knees bent during entire pivot.
- Perform 8-12 repetitions.


Drill #2 - Wall Toss with Jump Stop and Left Front Pivot

- Pick a spot on the wall and try to hit the same spot on each pass.
- Both feet should hit floor at same time on jump stop.
- Keep knees bent during entire pivot.
- Perform 8-12 repetitions.


Drill #3 - Wall Toss - Behind Back (Right)

CHALLENGE: Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.


Drill #4 - Wall Toss - Behind Back (Left)

CHALLENGE: Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.


Drill #5 - Wall Toss - Figure 8 Throws (Right Hand)

CHALLENGE: Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.


Drill #6 - Wall Toss - Figure 8 Throws (Left Hand)

CHALLENGE: Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.


Drill #7 - Wall Toss - Pound Dribble, Toss (Right Hand)

- Pick a spot on the wall and try to hit the same spot on each pass
- Bend your knees
- Keep your head up
- Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.


Drill #8 - Wall Toss - Pound Dribble, Toss (Left Hand)

- Pick a spot on the wall and try to hit the same spot on each pass
- Bend your knees
- Keep your head up
- Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.


Drill #9 - Wall Toss - Through Leg, Behind Back Dribble, Right Hand Toss

- Pick a spot on the wall and try to hit the same spot on each pass
- Bend your knees
- Keep your head up
- Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.


Drill #10 - Wall Toss - Through Leg, Behind Back Dribble, Right Hand Toss

- Pick a spot on the wall and try to hit the same spot on each pass
- Bend your knees
- Keep your head up
- Get as many reps as possible in 25 seconds. Record your results.


Train on the Edge!

To make significant improvements, it's important to "train on the edge".

In other words, you should dribble and pass so quickly and with so much force, that you're almost messing up. And you should make some mistakes. This means you're training on the edge... pushing yourself.

This will improve your hand speed, strength, allow you to play faster, and allow you to develop better skills.


Step by Step Workout Program

If you want a step-by-step workout program that develops your skills in a progressive manner (showing you exactly what drills to do and when), then check out the Breakthrough Ballhandling Workout App.

It's a proven program, designed by pro trainers, that will develop your skills extremely thoroughly and quickly. Give it a try for 60 days with no risk.





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Rattan says:
12/8/2015 at 8:01:40 AM

These drills look really challenging yet appropriate for my 5th grade bball team. Thank you for offering such valuable information. These drill will be great over the holiday break.

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clinton brown says:
4/27/2017 at 11:58:22 AM

challenging yet great workout for my team

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John Matthews says:
4/28/2017 at 10:15:48 AM

Great workout program for my team

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Dave Banks says:
4/29/2017 at 9:53:13 AM

Should I teach age 9 daughter to pass off the dribble with one hand vs 2 hands? (as in one of the drills with the wall.
She made some sloppy passes with one hand early this year and has not done it for a while. )
I have mostly tried to get her to pass sharply with a chest pass.
Dave

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Jeff Haefner says:
5/5/2017 at 12:12:04 PM

My philosophy is to develop good coordination, ball skill, and ambidexterity with young kids. I'm less worried about winning games and more worried about giving them a solid foundation. So I think passing with one hand (push, hook, wrap, and even behind back) is good just to develop that coordination. Coordination is best developed when kids are young and much harder when older. Although some athletes are genetically gifted and pick this up easier than others - regardless of age.

In a game, probably should mostly use two handed passes... chest, bounce, and overhead. But in practice, I believe you do it all (basics and advanced). If a player does a 1 handed pass in a game every once in a while that doesn't bother me. I'm trying to develop them and give them a good foundation. A few turnovers is not a big deal to me when they are young. With that said, I don't want them getting in the habit of using a 1 hand pass every time. But I have been doing these drills for a while and never had an issue with a player before. They are smart enough to know their limits and it sounds like your daughter figured it out on her own too.

Hope this helps.

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Dave Banks says:
5/6/2017 at 9:55:38 AM

Thanks for your thoughts on the one-hand passing. Like your philosophy on that.
Really helpful site you have. She is learning the motion for a jumper, and your videos of simplifying it are working well for her. Especially like your ideas on ambidextrous learned while young. Have worked on that with her since age 8 and especially the dribble has payed off for her.
Thanks again.
Dave

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