The aim is to improve the chest pass technique. This is the simplest, and most used pass in basketball, probably because it is often the most accurate, and quick pass, but also it can be used from just about anywhere on the court.


The first thing players need to do when they receive the ball is place their hands each side and slightly behind the ball, with their fingers comfortably spread. The ball should be held in front of the chest with the elbows tucked in. Maintaining a balanced stance with feet shoulder width apart is also important when trying to control the pass.

The next stage is to locate the target, but try not to look directly at it, as this would make it easier for opponents to read and intercept the pass. Maybe introduce a fake pass or look in another direction before passing to try and deceive a defender.

The next phase is executing the chest pass, here players need to step in the direction of the pass, through extending their legs, back, and arms, this will create the majority of the power needed. The wrist and fingers should then be forced through the ball to create more power, and help guide the ball to the target. Make sure the ball is released off the first and second fingers of both hands, and follow through to finish up with the arms fully extended, fingers pointing at the target and palms facing the floor.

Common Faults:

  • Pass misses the target: This often occurs when a players dominant hand overpowers the weak hand, as the ball travels in the direction the fingers send it. It can also occur if players do not square up to the target correctly. Concentrate on forcing the weak hand through the ball and lining up correctly with the target.

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