Gooroo Drill: Partner Passing: Chest & Push Pass

By Tara VanDerveer

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Teach proper technique of a Chest and Push Pass

  • Line up players up in two lines (eight to ten feet apart)
  • Players face each other (to work on designated pass) 
  • One basketball for every two players
Chest Pass Review
  • Player positions hands on either side of ball with thumbs directly behind ball
  • Stepping into pass, player brings arms back and snaps pass
  • When ball is released, fingers face down and fan out and thumbs point down (as in Bounce Pass)
Push Pass Review
  • In Push Pass, player may use either hand
  • With one index finger on middle of ball, player pushes ball straight from shoulder, using other hand just to guide it
  • Player steps through with same leg, extends arm, and releases ball
  • As ball is released, player snaps wrist to provide extra power
Tara’s Tips

Chest Pass

  • Although called Chest Pass, ball is actually passed from stomach area
  • Players should practice passing from stomach area, not chest
  • Have players practice pass without ball to get feel for how to execute pass
  • When players catch ball above waist, thumbs and fingers should be up
  • When players catch ball below waist, thumbs and fingers should be down

Push Pass

  • Remind players to use pass when only one hand is available or defense is in front of players and they are passing to one side
  • Ball should go straight out as players snap their hands and fingers down
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Tara VanDerveer

An ambassador for both Stanford University and the sport of college basketball, VanDerveer has enjoyed an unprecedented level of success through an energetic and positive approach to the game. A four-time national coach of the year and 15-time conference coach of the year (13 Pac-12, two Big Ten), VanDerveer has accumulated an impressive 894-203 (.815) record while winning 2 NCAA Championships and appearing in 11 NCAA Final Fours during her 37 year career.
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