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Machine Gun Passing


  1. Form a line of 3 people next to each other.

  2. They should be about 4 to 5 feet apart.

  3. Have a 4th player stand about 12 to 15 ft away facing the other 3 players.

  4. Player 4 starts out with a ball & Player 1 also has a ball.

  5. Player 4 passes the ball to Player 3.

  6. After Player 4 has released the ball, Player 1 passes the ball to Player 4.

  7. Player 4 then passes the ball to Player 2, and simultaneously, Player 3 passes it to Player 4.

  8. Then Player 4 passes the ball to Player 1. Simultaneously, Player 2 passes the ball to Player 4.

  9. Then return to the position you were in step 1. Repeat the Process Over and Over.

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Points of Emphasis

  • Single passer should not stand in one spot. He should move up and down at face the player he is passing to.

  • Be sure player catches the ball before he tries to throw a pass.

  • Single passer must keep his head moving between receiving the pass and the next receiver.

  • Everyone must give a pass that can be caught or balls will be flying all over.

  • You want to do this drill as quickly as possible without sacrificing accuracy. It really improves hand-eye coordination and the amount of time it takes a player to a make a pass. Players really want to focus on doing quick SNAP-passes.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please post them below...

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ivan torres says:
10/1/2007 at 2:06:10 PM



coachj says:
7/19/2008 at 2:51:40 AM

thanks for the new knowlegde.execellent


Nesta says:
8/22/2009 at 8:31:38 PM

I will be utilizing this drill next week with my younger girls. They have been struggling with passing.

Thank you!


Paul says:
11/29/2009 at 3:32:36 AM

Great drill!


Chris says:
7/28/2010 at 4:06:00 PM

Excellent drill...i think i will use this drill in my next practice...Thanks


Rana Nauman says:
1/29/2013 at 9:37:02 AM

thanks for the everything this site provide to imrpove our game


if the no of balls is 1 then how to perform this bcz we 6 boys play game without coach and finance spourt


Couch A says:
1/25/2014 at 7:49:36 PM

Thank you BreakThrough basketball you drills have bwwn great and proven


Eugene Skura says:
10/28/2015 at 4:32:21 PM

Since player 4 is 12-15 ft. away should they be moving closer at the beginning of the drill or should they stay put.

Thanks very helpful to a second year coach.

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Jeff says:
10/28/2015 at 6:13:46 PM

We have them stay put. But you can try moving them closer.


tommy says:
11/30/2015 at 3:07:53 PM

Great drill. would have the como pickton eagle do that drill


frank says:
12/16/2016 at 1:30:33 AM

can we use once pass in this drill

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Jeff says:
12/16/2016 at 3:33:45 PM

yes you can use bounce pass.


Thomas says:
11/10/2017 at 8:30:03 PM

Started the season off with this drill and it's great!


idk why im here says:
9/10/2018 at 5:30:17 PM

What does this drill do for you?


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