Passing in basketball is a valuable skill, and if done correctly, can help your team greatly! It’s not easy to become a great passer, but I’ve shared a few tips that will hopefully help you out.
Look At Your Target
Passing accurately and effectively, similar to shooting, requires looking at your target. You need to be able to see where the ball is going, and looking at the target results in a more accurate pass.
Looking at your target also lets them know that they should be expecting a pass. While blind passing, or passing without looking can be effective, the less risky option is to look at who you’re passing to.
Use Both Hands
You should use both hands to pass the ball to your teammate. This will result in a more accurate pass – which means it hits the target and is harder for the defender to intercept. The ability to pass with one hand can be useful, but for most instances passing with two hands is the more effective way to pass the ball.
Step Towards the Target
In most cases, when you’re passing the ball you should try to face the target and step towards them. Step towards them by extending one of your feet towards them. This is different for everyone, but you should use whichever foot you’re comfortable with. In most cases, it’s your non preferred foot – if you’re right handed, it will be your left foot that is extended. This results in greater accuracy of the pass and a straighter pass.
A great place to target your pass is on the chest of your teammate. This makes it easy for them to receive it, and allows them to make a move quickly after getting the ball – whether it’s shooting, passing or dribbling.
However, a lot of the time it’s not as simple as that. You should also be aiming to pass the ball into the best position for your teammate. In short, you should play to the strengths of the situation of the pass.
Awareness of Defenders
This point is covered slightly in the above points, but when you pass you should be aware of the defenders and where they are. Getting the ball from your hands to a teammates hands without it being intercepted, and in a good position, is the aim of a good pass. If a teammate is running beside a defender, it may not be a good idea to pass the ball to them. Alternatively, if you see a teammate that is open, or has a large space between them and a defender, take the opportunity to pass the ball to them.
Advanced passing moves can be effective as they are unexpected and require a lot of practice and timing. However, for most of the passes you’ll need to do, it’s a good idea to take the least risky pass. This will make it harder for the defenders to intercept, and easier for your teammates while controlling the ball.
I hope this helps! Feel free to leave a comment and let us know if there are any other things you do to help with your passing!