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Basketball Passing Drill:
4 Corner Passing



Effective basketball passing drills should focus on solid passing to players on the move - good fundamentals practiced in game situations. In the 4 Corner Passing Drill, passers focus on proper chest passes, while receivers learn how to catch the ball while in full stride, and then to pass off again before travelling. A great drill for focusing on basketball fundamentals.

The point of passing is to get the ball into the hands of someone who is in a better position to score. In other words, giving the pass when it is needed, where it is needed. Unfortunately, in the age of And 1 and the highlight reel, passing is something of a lost art. But this drill helps revive that art.


Instructions to Players

Here's what players need to focus on in this basketball passing drill:

  • Passers must consistently use proper chest pass fundamentals, stepping into the pass and snapping the ball with power

  • Passers must aim ahead of the man they are passing to - the man is moving, and so, to get the ball into his hands accurately, they must pass to where he will be, not where he is - in this way, the receiver should run straight into the ball at chest height

  • Passes must be hard, quick passes - otherwise, cutters will be waiting around - we want the cutters to be receiving the ball on the move, not standing in the middle of the court waiting for the pass

  • Receivers must "see the ball into their hands" - i.e., they must focus on catching the ball before they can worry about what to do with it afterward

  • Proper receiving form is to have the shooting hand directly in the path of the ball, with the other hand to the side - in this way, the player should be prepared to pass again immediately upon receiving the ball

  • The pass will always come from the right side

  • Once he has caught the ball, the receiver must then immediately pass to the next player, before travelling

  • Players cannot drift in towards the middle - they must remain in line until the pass is made, before starting their own cut

How this Basketball Passing Drill Works



  • Players are organized into four lines, one line in each corner of the half (see diagram)

  • The first player in two of the lines - players #1 and #3, directly cross-court of each other - have a ball

  • The drill begins with a pass to the line to the right (both players #1 and #3 pass at the same time)

basketball passing drills - 4 corner 1

  • Immediately upon passing, #1 and #3 flash across the court, in the direction of the line opposite them

  • The players who had received the passes - #2 and #4 - snap the ball back to the cutters, so that they receive the pass in the center of the court
basketball passing drills - 4 corner 2

  • Immediately upon receiving the pass, players #1 and #3 pass the ball ahead to the line they are running to - i.e., to players #5 and #7

  • #1 and #3 finish by quickly sprinting to the end of the lines they were running to
basketball passing drills - 4 corner 3

  • Once they have passed the ball into the middle, players #2 and #4 begin flashing to the middle

  • Immediately upon receiving the pass from #1 and #3, #5 and #7 snap passes to #2 and #4 as they are moving across the court
basketball passing drills - 4 corner 4

  • Immediately upon receiving the pass, players #2 and #4 pass the ball ahead to the line they are running to - i.e., to players #6 and #8

  • #2 and #4 finish by quickly sprinting to the end of the lines they were running to
basketball passing drills - 4 corner 5

  • Once they have passed the ball into the middle, players #5 and #7 begin flashing to the middle

  • #6 and #8 snap passes to #5 and #7 as they are moving across the court
basketball passing drills - 4 corner 6


And the drill continues in this manner until the coach calls for it to stop.

The first couple of times players do this drill, passing and cutting are likely to be slow and they are likely to get confused with the movement - it is a very fast-paced drill and players need to focus on what they are doing. But this basketball passing drills is great for teaching the need for strong passing fundamentals and quick release.



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