This is one of my favorite drills to teach youth players footwork and passing. We use this drill in almost every practice with beginners between the ages of 6 and 10 years old. You can also use this drill as a "warm up" with older more experienced players.
With older players we like to practice footwork at the basket and end with a shot. But young kids don't have the strength to shoot properly. So we use this drill instead. Even a 6 year old has the strength to make an 8-10 foot pass.
Partners line up on the sideline. First player in line has a ball.
Dribble 10-20 feet, jump stop, and execute the prescribed pivot (ex: front pivot).
After completing the pivot, pass the ball back to your partner.
Passer then cuts back to the starting position. At the same time, the receiver dribbles 10-20 feet, jump stops, and executes the prescribed pivot.
The process repeats for desired number of repetitions or duration.
Progressions and variations:
1) Front pivot
2) Inside pivot
3) Front pivot, step through
4) Front pivot, step through, front pivot
5) Drop step, inside pivot
6) Combine other pivots. You can specify any footwork combination you can imagine.
7) Vary the passes... bounce, chest or overhead.
- Start with basic pivots first (front pivot and inside pivot). Teach one pivot each day and slowly add more pivots as they get comfortable.
- With the front and inside pivot, have players make a full 180 degree pivot and maintain good balance. Then make the pass.
- Both feet should hit the floor at same time on the jump stop. Keep knees bent (in good athletic position) on all pivots.
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I used to do a similar drill regularly with my youth team until an official reminded me that when you jump stop neither foot is your pivot foot. I think by definition of the rule the referee was correct, but I can't imagine an official calling this a travel in a game. What do you think?
I have never had a referee call a travel on a pivot after a correctly executed jump stop. I coach 7th and 8th graders and usually refer to the stop as a "quick stop" so the players don't get the idea that they are supposed to leap. Also, if you emphasize that the 2nd hand (non dribbling hand) contacts the ball at the same time (not before) that the feet touch down, then that helps prevent them from picking up the ball too soon. I like the drill and will add it to my repertoire of quick stop, pivot drills. If next year, refs start calling travels on this move, then I guess I'll have to change tactics! Thanks.
In addition to Coaching travel basketball 5th grade Boys and 8th grade Girls, I'm a certified Official; yes the jump stop (quick stop) allows the player to pivot using either foot, what I look for is the dragging/sliding of the foot. Just my two cents!
Jump stop is one step NOT 2 steps even with two foots. Think about your power layup for a second-You start with one foot to a two foot power up. We teach a jump stop also to a post up player when receiving the ball-this allow you to use either foot to pivot and attack.
Taken from NFHS rule book: Article 2 A player who catches the ball while moving or dribbling may stop and establish a pivot foot as follows: A. If both feet are off the floor and the player lands: 1. Simultaneously on both feet, either foot may be the pivot 2. (NA) 3. On one foot, the player may jump off that foot and simultaneously land on both. Neither foot can be the pivot in this case.
Does this clear it up for those with different perspectives?
Exactly - a referee always must determine the pivot foot to know if the player has travelled . With a properly coached power stop either foot can be the pivot foot. However if both feet do not land at the same time only the first foot to land is the pivot foot. If you land on one foot you can still pass or ( jump ) shoot but you cannot pivot to do either .
No JJ you don''''t have it wrong. You are allowed to jump stop off a dribble. You just have to make sure that both feet land at the same time so you can choose a pivot foot. If they don''''t land simultaneously then the first foot landing is the pivot foot.