Youth basketball practice drills should be focused on fundamental skills, but at the same time we want them to move towards a game-like quality. This is a little difficult to do with younger players, as they haven't had the experience yet to allow them to move and space well as in a game. Which is why this passing drill is a good introduction to playing proper basketball games.
Playing basketball requires many skills, but if I had to point to the most common weak points of almost every team I have coached, I would have to say it would be passing. Players go away at the end of the season and come back after summer break, and their shot is still okay, they can dribble okay, maybe even rebound better (particularly if they had a growth spurt over the summer!).
But invariably, passing has become sloppy from too little practice and too many pick up games. Which is why you want to teach it well at a young level and really ingrain into your players how to pass properly.
Players set up in three lanes; each player in the middle lane has a ball.
3-Man Passing Drill
A few things to remind players:
A good youth basketball practice drill that focuses on form and execution in a controlled game-like situation.
The more they do this and the more confident they become with their passing skills, the quicker they can run this drill, until they get to game speed. And like I mentioned already, this is a great precursor to the 3 Man Weave (it's also a good tryouts drill to run, since it is fairly easy to catch on to and lets you evaluate passing skills along with how well players can run a drill and follow instruction)
“The fundamentals of the game are the same wherever you go: pass, dribble, shoot, defend, rebound, screen, play hard and together”
– Terry Stotts
Try UMass Head Coach Derek Kellogg's video package of drills