If you have ever heard mothers of very young children when said child has a drinking cup in front of him, you will undoubtedly hear, “Use two hands” as they allow the child to drink on his own. The same can be said when it comes to passing in basketball. Use both hands.
Two hand passes come in a variety of forms, but mastering the fundamentals of all of them will result in peak performance on all basketball courts, even the Goalrilla Goal Basket Goal court you have at home. Let’s look at the fundamentals of a Two Hand Bounce Pass.
The key points to remember:
- Both feet are square to the target and slightly wider than should width apart.
- One foot is designated as the pivot foot while the other will be used to step toward the target.
- The player’s entire body will remain square to the intended target.
- The basketball is held with one hand on each side of the ball.
- Position the ball at chest level.
- Visually focus on delivering the bounce pass from the chest level ball position to the hands of a teammate
As the arms are extended downward at a slight angle, the player will rotate the thumbs of each hand simultaneously downward toward the ground. As the thumbs rotate downward, the fingers are now rotated from pointing skyward to pointing toward the passer’s chest. The ball is released off the index and middle finger of each hand.
When properly executed, the pivot foot will remain stationary. The non-pivot foot extends toward the intended target while the arms are fully extended with the back of each hand facing each other. The fingers are all pointed toward the target and pointed toward the ground.
The ball will travel from the chest level of the passing player, strike the ground two-thirds of the way to the target receiver and then bounce into the hands of that receiver.
Developing a fundamentally sound two-handed bounce pass is a key building block to a player’s ability to move the basketball effectively from one player to another on the court. From that, the play can add other skills to become a well-rounded offensive basketball player.
-Pat of the Basketball Goal Store Blog Team