No Dribble Advancement - Passing Drill

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This is the youth version of the full court no dribble drill.  I prefer this drill for youth because they don't have to shoot, which is very challenging, and can really slow down the drill.  They instead "advance" the ball and have more success. 
Basic Drill Setup With youth players we give the numbers advantage to the offense.  So we usually play 3v1, 3v2, 4v2, 4v3, 5v3, or 5v4.  The more defenders you add, the harder the drill.   In the diagram, we're playing 4v2.   The rules are simple.  The offense tries to advance the ball past the opposite baseline without dribbling.   Defensive players will try to steal the ball and stop the offense from advancing the ball to the opposite baseline. The player "with the ball" can pass and pivot.  But no dribbling.  Call travels if they switch pivot feet, drag their pivot, lose the ball out of bounds, etc.  The players "off the ball" can cut or screen.  So, depending on what you emphasize, offensive players can learn:
  • spacing concepts
  • cutting technique
  • screening technique
  • how to get open
  • decision making -- when to pass
  • how to pass around defenders
  • how to pivot away from pressure
  • how to pass fake
  • why you need to meet your pass
And everyone improves their passing skills.  
Frame 1
Scoring and Change of Possession If the offense advances the ball past the opposite baseline without turnover, they score a point.  Or you can make it fun by giving them a touchdown (7 points).   If the offense turns the ball over, the other team gets the ball and starts from the location of the turnover.  You can play for a designated amount of time and declare a winner.  Or you can play to certain number of points (first to 15 wins).  
Frame 2
If Player 2 travels and turns the ball over, X3 and X4 rotate into the game and coach tells two players to players to go out.  So the other team now can play 4v2.  Coaches will need to keep rotating players out after each possession so they continually play 4v2.  
Frame 3
Coaching / Teaching Points
  • Meet your pass
  • Maintain good spacing
  • Move to get open -- change speeds and change directions
  • Screening concepts
  • Use your pivot to protect the ball and improving passing angles
  • Rip the ball high and low to protect from defender
  • Triple threat concepts
  • Pass away from defense
  • Look for ball reversals
  • Keep your eyes up
  • Make the easy pass
Related Resources 21 Basketball Passing Drills for Coaches Comprehensive Guide to Implementing a Motion Offense 


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