Passing is one of the important basic moves in basketball that you should know and master to be more effective on the court. A good passer will have a good chance of setting up the teammate for a score that will certainly result to an assist. Learning on how to pass effectively is a great thing in basketball. The first step on learning how to pass is to learn the type of passes you can do. That way you will know what type of pass is more effective in such situation you are in while playing basketball.

Let’s now learn what these passes are and how it should be done properly.

  • Chest pass

Chest pass is the most used of all the type of passes in basketball and also the most basic. As its name says, chest pass is a pass that you will throw from your chest. It is sometimes called also as straight pass. The right way to throw a chest pass is to hold the ball with both hands at the level of your chest. Then, throw it while rotating your fingers and at the same time pushing the ball forward. The direction of your thumb should be going downward to have more force on it. The aim of your chest past should be on the chest level of the receiver so that he/she can receive it properly. Passes that are thrown too high or too low have the higher chance of being a turnover so always be careful on the level of your passes.types of basketball passes

  • Bounce pass

Bounce pass is a very effective type of pass if being executed properly because it’s very hard to defend. Same with chest pass, you have to hold the ball with both hands at your chest level. Then, bounce it on the floor between you and your opponent. Estimate your position and the position of your teammate. The pass should be received by him/her at a chest level or at height above the waist to prevent a turnover. Because a chest pass and bounce pass have a slight similarity on how it will be thrown, you can put it to your advantage and do slight fakes to make it more difficult to defend.

  • Overhead pass

This is a pass that you will bring the ball above your forehead before being you throw it. It is sometimes being used as an outlet pass to the teammate. The right way to execute an overhead pass is to hold the ball with both hands above the forehead then throw it to your teammate. Your throw should aim to the chin of your receiver. Bringing the ball behind your head is a big mistake as it will be a great opportunity for your opponent to steal the ball from you so you should avoid doing this when executing an overhead pass.

  • Wrap around pass

This pass is like a baseball pass but only on short distances. This pass only requires one of your hands and can be thrown by air or by bouncing on the floor depending on the situation.

  • Baseball pass

This pass is often use for throwing long distance passes like fast breaks. Baseball pass is like throwing a ball in baseball. You will only use your one hand to do it and it should be strong. Be careful not to use this pass when your receiver is in close distance because it might hurt him when receiving the ball.

  • Behind-the-back pass

It’s just a pass being thrown behind your back to confuse and avoid the defender. This is a situational kind of pass as it’s very risky to do and has a high level of difficulty to be executed. So, before you do this pass, make sure that you have practiced it many times already.