Once your player has had some practice with the chest pass, you can teach them the bounce pass. The bounce pass is my favorite because it’s versatile. A bounce pass is harder for a defensive player to steal, which makes it useful for longer passes around the court.
The form for the bounce pass is very similar to the chest pass. The player should hold the ball with both hands, with thumbs point towards each other. They should push the ball forward while stepping forward, and their thumbs should end up pointing towards the floor.
Only this time, instead of aiming the ball towards the receiving player’s chest, they aim it towards the floor. The goal is for the ball to bounce off the floor and up to be received at the waist of the receiving player. Usually, the right place for the ball to bounce is about two-thirds of the way to its intended receiver.
Something to watch out for: players tend to make the mistake of starting the pass too high above their chest, which causes the ball to bounce too high. Just as with other passes, it can take a while for your player to get a sense of how hard they should pass the ball. A great drill you can have your players do to get a sense of this is the second drill we covered for the chest pass. When players are paired up, they can easily provide each other with the feedback that they need to pass the ball at the right speed.
Paired Passing Drill
This is a good drill for those of you that are coaches, or for players to do with their friends who are dedicated to the game. You’ll need to have at least two players to do this drill, and it’s best done on the court.
The two players should pair up, with each standing at the base line. They should face each other, ten feet apart, and they both should be perpendicular to the baseline. Then have your players chest pass the ball to each other.
If you want to add an extra element to encourage good footwork, they can pass the ball to each other while shuffling sideways towards the other end of the floor. Ensure that your player’s feet don’t cross as they shuffle down the court. This drill will help your players maintain good passing form while moving – an essential skill in a game!
As we’ll go over later in this post, this drill is useful with almost any type of pass.