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Basketball Manual

Basketball Manual


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Organizational Set Up

Divide group into pairs
One ball between two
Full court

Coaching Points:

In this drill coach Elliott and coach Popovich demonstrate the technique of the baseball pass.
Divide your group in pairs. Partners face each other approximately 10 yards apart. On the
coach's command, the player practice passing the ball back and forth using the baseball pass.

Coach's Comments:

The last pass we’re going to go over is the baseball pass. You’re going to use it mostly in the
forecourt offense for breaking traps and breaking presses. Usually it’s going to be from out of
bounds, maybe to half court or maybe somewhere in the back court onto the front court.
The basic principles are the same as throwing a baseball. You want to grip it like you do in the
other passes with a space in between your palm and the ball. You should have total control over
the ball. Most of the other passes are right at a target, but the baseball pass, very often, is a
leading pass. It’s not going to go right to a body, but a spot in front of that body.

The one handed pass is exactly like a baseball throw in that the
ball is brought behind the right ear, if you’re right handed, the elbow
is out and then we go ahead and follow through just like we would
with a baseball. The target is really dependent on where the
receiver is. The baseball pass is great for a fast break or down court
or a long pass in most cases.

You may be aiming at a spot that’s away from a player, leading him
or her to get to the basketball. When you use the baseball pass
you’ve got to think about use. The chest pass and the bounce pass
are the passes you’re going to use to the greatest degree in the half
court, depending on where the defense is.


The baseball pass is probably something you won’t use unless you’re thinking about throwing a
long pass down court, usually in fast break situations. The younger kids are going to use the
baseball pass to a greater degree than one might think. The pass they’re not going to use very
much is the two handed overhead pass because they don’t have the wrist or forearm strength.
So the baseball pass is going to feel pretty natural to them. Hopefully the younger ages have a
smaller ball so that they can throw all the passes a little bit better. But since, in most cases, it is a
bigger ball than they’re used to, the baseball pass will be tough for those who haven’t begun to
develop yet.

A coach needs to understand that if a young person throws a pass on a fast break and it comes
off his hand and it immediately goes out of bounds, that probably was a great pass. It was the
correct pass. That their body just couldn’t execute it. Rather than say anything in a negative way
to the player, he or she should be praised for realizing that that was the only pass that was going
to get it there, they just can’t do it. So in that case it’s a big positive response facially so that he
or she knows that it was a good pass.

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