10 In A Row Passing Drill - Mike MacKay

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This competitive drill improves spacing, passing, pivoting, moving without the ball, cutting, communication, and decision making. There are many variations that can be added to progress your team's development.
Use the volleyball court lines or set up cones to create a boundary. In this example, the game will be played 5 on 5.  However, depending on your numbers, you can play 3 on 3, 4 on 4, etc.   Offense must complete 10 passes in a row without fumble, travel or going out of bounds. If ball gets knocked down, other team takes it and starts passing right away. In order to receive a point for a successful pass, the person who catches the ball has to call out the number. This forces every player on the team to communicate and not just the "loud player" on the team.
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Ideas for additional rules and challenges
  • After a turnover, you must touch an end-line before coming back in.
  • After you pass, touch the end-line before you can do anything.
  • Must touch end-line of court before coming back in.
  • Any time you "statue" with the ball, it's a violation.  You must be in triple threat and use your pivot. 
  • One second rule.  You must pass or dribble within 1 second or it's a violation. 
  • Adjust the space of the playing area (smaller or bigger) to adjust the difficulty level.
Drill Variations
  1. The color your hand is touching on the ball, you have to touch that color dot on the court.
  2. Give each player a basketball. Play the same game but now they must dribble with their non-dominant hand while passing the small ball with their strong hand.
  3. Try to score the small ball (5on5 full court) while dribbling the regular basketball.
Related Resources 21 Basketball Passing Drill for Coaches


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Ian says:
5/18/2016 at 1:54:23 PM

What do you mean in terms of a one two stop? I feel at high levels that would work because you are able to work with an already established pivot foot.

For younger ages, the flexibility to move either foot and declare a pivot foot after a quick/jump stop is key in my opinion.

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Jeff says:
5/18/2016 at 4:08:36 PM

I believe you need to work on both all footwork combinations...
- quick stop on two feet
- jump stops
- pivoting
- one two step off the shot
- quick hop into shot


peter evans says:
5/5/2016 at 10:55:18 AM

Hi, I just watched your video. This has given me some great ides for future training sessions. Thanks I truly appreciate, your help.

I coach under 12,, 14 and under 16 girls. I still teach a two foot stop, ie pull up jump shot, or a fake with a step around, but mainly so either foot can be used as the pivot foot.
Lately, some other coaches believe this old hat, and I should be teaching a one two stop. I would like to get your opinion on this.
Thank you. regards peter.


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