Purpose: To improve passing, communicating, and conditioning.
Drill: Players form three lines; one at a baseline and two lines at about the free throw line extended on the same side of the court.
The 4 Passes Drill is performed as follows:
- O1 tosses ball off backboard, rebounds it, throws an outlet pass to O2, then sprints down the lane line to the opposite basket.
- O2 turns and throws a baseball pass to O3.
- O3 throws a bounce pass to O1, who is sprinting from the other end.
- After making the bounce pass, O3 runs outside a coach or manager to receive a long pass from O1.
- O1, after shooting the layup, throws a long pass to O3.
- O3 dribbles for a layup.
- O1 sprints back to the original baseline.
Players shall rotate by going to the line they made their original pass (O1 will go to line 2, O2 goes to line 3, and O3 goes to line 1).
- Perform this drill on both sides of the court so the players will shoot layups from both the left and right sides.
- Make competitive by performing the drill for 4 minutes and requiring 82 made layups (for youth teams, begin with a lower number or keep track of their makes without their knowledge to get a base score — then require a total number made). If they do not achieve the goal, perform a consequence such as push-ups, squat jumps, etc…