Purpose: To practice throwing and catching the long baseball pass. This is a pass that can be used against pressure defense and may be necessary in a late-game situation. This drill also teaches the ‘flyer’ or receiver to bounce out and shoot a 3-pointer or long jump shot.
Drill: Split the team so there is a line of players under each basket. Only one basketball is used and it is given to the first player in one of the lines.
The drill initially begins with O1 tossing the ball off the backboard while O2 starts sprinting downcourt. O1 grabs the rebound, turns, and throws a baseball to O2 who finishes with a layup. O3, the first person in the opposite line, grabs the rebound and throws a baseball pass to O4, who was the second person in line. O4 finishes with a layup and the next person in line grabs the rebound. This cycle continues until the team has made a pre-determined number of layups or consecutive layups. For high school teams, I want them to make 25 consecutive layups (adjust based on your team / level).
Also note that after throwing the baseball pass, that player will step out to the outlet area and wait. They should start sprinting once the next person in line is securing the rebound.
In this variation, the runner or flyer sprints downcourt toward the baseline and then cuts back out to receive the pass for a 3-point or mid-range jump shot attempt. It should be a catch-and-shoot upon setting yourself…no dribbles should be taken.
Here, the runner will want to take off before the passer secures the rebound. Just don’t take off too soon that you have to wait after cutting back to the wing.