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Bounce passes allow you to place the ball in a specific spot that's difficult for defenders to reach. This isport le... See More
Bounce passes allow you to place the ball in a specific spot that's difficult for defenders to reach. This isport lesson will teach you how to make a basketball "bounce pass." Defenses generally play with their hands elevated, guarding passes at hip height and higher. The bounce pass allows you to pass the ball underneath the defender's arms. First, focus on hand placement. Start by putting your hands on both sides of the ball. Your fingertips should be pointed directly at your target with your thumbs behind the ball. Your elbows should also be directly behind the ball and not to one side. Bring your chest forward and rotate at the hips. This will bring your upper body forward and prepare you to make the pass. Take a step toward your target and as you do so, lift your back heels slowly off the floor. (Your back heels should not leave the floor completely.) Bring the ball straight back into your chest, not to the side or above it. Youth players have a tendency to bring the ball up high and throw the ball down to create more power, but this is bad form. The pass should come directly from in front of your chest. Keep your elbows directly behind the ball and extend your arms downwards. Your fingertips should extend towards the target, which is a spot on the floor, and you should push through the ball using your thumbs. You generally want to aim somewhere between halfway and two-thirds of the way between you and the player you're passing to. Bending your knees and getting low allows you to put more power on the pass. To practice passing by yourself, tape a target on a flat surface. Using a wall in the gym is a good idea. Practice your accuracy by passing the ball into the target. Make sure you step toward the target, and follow through as the ball leaves your hands. To increase the difficulty of this drill, move back from the target, and increase the distance of your pass. You can also decrease the size of your target. Let's go over what we've covered. RECAP: The ball is actually bounced off a spot on the floor. Keep your fingers on the sides of the ball, fingers pointed at your target. Your elbows should be completed behind the ball. Take a step toward your target. Bounce the ball between half way and two-thirds of the way between you and your target. Bounce passes take longer to complete so it's important to be able to make them accurately and with confidence. Start slow, and start building up your strength, only after you feel comfortable with the basics.
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