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Basketball Pass Types

Basketball Pass Types

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What are the pass types in basketball?

Passing in the game of basketball is one of the most basic portions of the game along with dribbling and shooting. The most basic types of passes include: the bounce pass, the chest pass, the overhead pass, the push pass, and the baseball-throw pass. These can be broken up into even more basic groups that include:

  1. Bounce passes
  2. Chest passes

Any pass type that the ball bounces before reaching the intended player can be considered a bounce pass while any pass that does not touch the court before reaching the intended target can be considered a chest pass. Each pass type is used in a different scenario and this all has to do with what is happening on the defensive side of the ball as well as how the offense is set up too. A bounce pass might be best to use to pass the ball into the post area around the basket while this may not be the best type of pass to use to move the ball down most of the court at the same time.

What are the 3 types of passes in basketball?

The three main types of passes in the game of basketball are:

  1. Bounce passes
  2. Chest passes
  3. Overhead passes

These three passes makeup almost all of the passes that are used across all levels of basketball. There is only a very small amount of situations in which none of these passes would work the best.

The bounce pass as previously described is when the ball hits the floor before it reaches its target. It is used universally across basketball and in many different types of situations. The key to using a bounce pass is how far away from the teammate receiving the pass the ball is bounced. If it is too far away the ball won't get to them and if it is too close the pass will be hard to handle.

The chest pass is when the ball does not hit the floor before it reaches its target. It is also used in many different types of situations on offense across all levels of basketball. The key to using a chest pass is hitting the teammate receiving the pass in the hands around their chest area. Throwing it too high or low will make the offense slows down and increases the chance of a turnover.

The overhead pass is used in more select situations when a pass needs to go a long distance like in the full court or when a skip pass across the offensive half needs to occur. The key to using an overhead pass is very similar to a chest pass as the pass must be easy to handle on the other end or it becomes almost useless.

What is a pass in basketball?

A pass in basketball is one of the most basic and fundamental skills needed to play the game. It is when a player moves the ball to another teammate through the air without being right next to each other. A pass advances the ball anywhere around the court anytime a player is not dribbling it around with them. Passing is heavily involved in the type of offense that a team will use and is key to having success scoring the basketball, the main goal of the game. The main key to success for example in the motion offense is players moving without the basketball and getting themselves open to easily catch passes and get better scoring opportunities.

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How do you get a pass in basketball?

Equally as important to passing the basketball is the ability to receive a pass from a teammate. Without this, passing does not work and the offense of a team will be stymied. The key is getting a pass in basketball is the ability to get open and away from the defense enough to have room to catch the pass then continue the offensive possession. Any use of a cut, screen, or movement off the ball is essential to creating this space and getting a pass. Another key to catching a pass is moving toward the ball so the defender has less time to steal it in the air. Also, creating a good angle that leaves room to receive a pass is a big part of pass receiving too.


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