• Partner and Peripheral Passing Drills


Partner Passing Drill


  • Purpose

    Players work at perfecting passing and catching the ball.

  • Drill Setup

    Players pair up and line up across from each other. They are 8-10 feet apart.

  • How It Works

    The players pass the ball back and forth using the pass the coach says to use.

    • Chest Pass – Step toward target, hands on the sides of the ball, equal pressure on the ball with both hands, thumbs are down after the pass.
    • Bounce Pass – Step toward the target, hands on the sides of the ball, equal pressure on the ball with both hands, snap the pass from the chest, pass should be lower – aim for the target’s waist. Thumbs down after the pass.
    • Overhead Pass – Player holds the ball above the head, steps toward the target and snaps the wrists as he throws.

Players pass back and forth.

  • Coaching Tips

    On the bounce pass, the throwers should be bending their knees and getting low to keep the pass low to the target.

    Overhead passes may be used during out of bounds situations and when throwing skip passes.


Peripheral Passing Drill


  • Purpose

    Players work at perfecting passing and catching the ball.

  • Drill Setup

    One player lines up in front of a line of five players.

  • How It Works

    1. This drill uses two balls. The passer has a ball and the first player in the line of players has a ball.
    2. Passer throws to the next player in line while the player with the ball throws to him.
    3. Pattern continues down the line. Go until coach says stop or blows his whistle.

1 player passes down the line and back.

  • Coaching Tips

    All receivers should set a hand target for the passers – that means hands up in front of their chest ready to receive the ball.

    All passes should be zipped – there shouldn’t ever be a “lazy pass.”