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    March 7, 2017

    Drill: Baker Passing Series (George Karl)

    We like players to learn how to pass the ball with 1-hand (rather than 2). But what are some of the ways George Karl teaches this skill?
    Coach Karl – an NBA coach for almost 30 years, including 2013 Coach of the Year – is as good a resource as any for some 1-handed passing drills. We like 1-handed passing for a couple reasons.
    First, 1-hand passing promotes “ambidexterity” where players become competent using both hands individually. Developing arm strength, ball control, and muscle memory with 1-hand passing drills is much more impactful than with 2-hand passing drills.
    Second, 1-hand passing is more likely used in games as players mature. There will always be times players can make a 2-hand pass (chest or bounce) but being able to make a 1-hand pass gives players more options on the court. Especially when there is strong defensive pressure.
    In the video below Coach Karl reviews the Baker Passing Series, progressing through 15 stages to help players improve their passing.

    Baker Passing Series

    DESCRIPTIONSplit players into pairs, and work through each progression:
    1. Right-Hand 1 Dribble (using only your right hand)
    2. Left-Hand 1 Dribble (using only your left hand)
    3. Right-Hand 2 Dribbles
    4. Left-Hand 2 Dribbles
    5. Left Dribble / Crossover / Right-Hand Pass
    6. Right Dribble / Crossover / Left-Hand Pass
    7. Scoops (for hand-eye coordination)
    8. Dribble Scoop
    9. 2 Dribble Scoop
    10. Air (keeping the ball above the shoulders)
    11. 1 Dribble Air
    12. 2 Dribble Air
    13. Right Dribble / Crossover / Left-Hand Air
    14. Left Dribble / Crossover / Right-Hand Air
    15. Behind the Back Bounce
    SKILL FOCUSPassing, 1-Hand Passing, Receiving
    AGE (STAGE)8+ (Learn to Train Stage)
    EQUIPMENT1 basketball per player
    VARIATION:Add some movement (like a side shuffle in-between passes) to incorporate additional challenges as well as changing the angle of passes.

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    Source: The SNYB Blog
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