Pass and Switch

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Drill Purpose (All Ages)

This drill is meant to simulate high speed, game-like situations to help players improve passing speed and accuracy. It's also a lot of fun for players because it's fast paced!

Note: This drill is set up for 8 players. If you have more players, use more court space.


Pass & switch1 (4K)
  1. Each player has a partner:

    1 - 2
    3 - 4
    5 - 6
    7 - 8

  2. Players 1 and 2 will start with a ball.

  3. Player 1 and Player 2 will pass the ball to their right.

  4. After passing the ball, they sprint to exchange places with their partner.

Pass & switch2 (5K)
  1. The drill should keep moving quickly and all players will immediately pass ball to right then switch with their partner. As the both balls go around the court, players must sprint and beat the ball.

Points of Emphasis

Continually tell your players...

  • Make accurate passes.
  • Move as quickly as possible without sacrificing form and accuracy.
  • When passing, step toward your receiver.
  • When catching, extend your hands and step toward the pass.
  • As in shooting, the ball should have backspin on it. This is accomplished by following through on every pass.
Motivation Tips:

You can spice things up and add a bit of motivation by:

  • Giving them a reward if they don't drop the ball after two minutes and get X number of passes completed.
  • Or making them run if they drop the ball.

More Drills: 21 Passing Drills for Coaches

Do you have any questions or suggestions for this drill? Let us know by leaving your comments...


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Steve Terpstra says:
11/11/2020 at 9:50:24 PM

Can a video of this drill be posted?


derek says:
11/8/2018 at 10:14:03 AM

This diagram make absolutely ZERO sense. Is everyone running to the middle?


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Jeff says:
11/16/2018 at 12:14:55 PM

Dotted lined = pass. Solid lines = cut.

Look at the first diagram. That clearly shows how to start. Then continue the same thing. After you pass, cut to the opposite side and switch with that person.

The second diagram is a little confusing and shows a bunch of passes and that it continues. That one diagram could and maybe should be turned into about 6 of them.

Hopefully that helps. It's very simple. Pass the ball to player next to you and then switch with player across from you after you pass.

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Maor says:
10/23/2017 at 2:01:47 PM

One of the best!! Fun, speedy, the girls love it!


Michael says:
4/11/2017 at 12:29:56 PM

Am I reading correctly that 1-2 will always switch back and forth after their passes, just like 3-4 , 5-6 and so on. What I am getting at is that the players will only switch with their partner so 1-2 will never be in the spots were 3-4, 4-5 or any other group will be? is this correct that they always stay amongst the two areas that they and partner occupy?


Holly Sharp says:
5/16/2016 at 7:02:34 AM

Once the pass is made, and they are each switching with their partners, do the current ball handlers carry the ball with them during the switch?


Coach Ben says:
10/15/2014 at 6:46:49 AM

Would i be able to implement a 9th and tenth player and just space out the kids more , i wish to use this as a game day warm up .

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Jeff says:
10/15/2014 at 11:58:33 AM

Ben - As long as you have an even number of players (everyone has a partner to switch with), it works with more players.


Coach Mike says:
2/13/2014 at 11:52:45 PM

I coach 4th grade boys, 8th grade boys, and freshmen girls. I have done this drill with all of my teams. We use the whole half-court when doing this drill. Kids love it. One thing I am watching for closely is for kids traveling when they turn to pass. A lot of them will change their pivot foot. This is a great drill for warm-ups, passing, pivoting, communication, conditioning, team-work, and jumping to the ball. It’s great!


Jason says:
2/13/2014 at 11:28:20 AM

Great drill! We ran this in Monday's practice(5th-6th girls). Then, I said, "Ok girls, now we're going to run our (offensive) motion. I want to see the same intensity in the motion that I saw in the pass and switch."

Huge improvement. Night and day.


Keith says:
2/7/2014 at 10:26:40 AM


Thanks for sharing. With younger players, we normally start with ball at the one position. The 2nd is added after going through a couple of rounds with a single ball.

Starting doing this about 3 years ago. Fun drill. Kids love it.


Tim Gavin says:
2/6/2014 at 6:08:46 AM

We do a variation of this drill with my MS girls. We use 4 balls instead of 2 and we try to get as many switches as we can in 1 minutes


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